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January 22, 2009

Haslett available if Panthers are interested

Among the most notable candidates the Carolina Panthers could consider for their defensive coordinator position is former Rams and Saints head coach Jim Haslett, a former Carolina divisional rival who spent one season early in his career working with current Panthers head coach John Fox.

Haslett served as linebackers coach for the Raiders in 1994 when Fox was the defensive coordinator.

It is believed Haslett, who has been a defensive coordinator or head coach for the past 13 seasons, would welcome the chance to join Fox's Carolina staff. Haslett was in Mobile, Ala., for Senior Bowl practices this week exploring potential job opportunities.

The Rams elevated Haslett from defensive coordinator to interim head coach last season when Scott Linehan was fired after an 0-5 start. The Rams went 2-9 under Haslett, but were more competitive than early in the season. 

The Rams considered retaining Haslett as head coach for next season, but eventually decided to hire New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.

Green Bay interviewed Haslett for its coordinator position that eventually went to former Carolina coach Dom Capers.

The Panthers wanted to keep Mike Trgovac as their defensive coordinator, and he originally agreed to stay before informing team officials Wednesday night in Mobile, Ala., site of the Senior Bowl, that he'd had a change of heart and would pursue other options.

Haslett had a 45-51 record in six seasons as New Orleans' head coach and was named NFL coach of the year in 2000, when the Saints improved from 3-13 the year before to 10-6 to win the NFC West title.

While coaching New Orleans from 2000-05, Haslett had a 5-7 record against Fox and the Panthers.

Haslett, 53, served as defensive coordinator for the Saints (1996), Pittsburgh Steelers (1997-99) and Rams from 2006 until early last season, when he was named acting head coach in place of Scott Linehan.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on January 22, 2009 at 04:47 PM | Permalink



Posted by: Greged | Jan 22, 2009 5:02:37 PM

Please NO. Losing has followed this guy every place he has gone in his entire career.

Posted by: Jim | Jan 22, 2009 5:05:57 PM

I think he wouold be a good choice. He's had experience in both 4-3 and 3-4 alignments.

Posted by: Irony | Jan 22, 2009 5:08:13 PM

maby they will bring chuckie in to coach the defense.

Posted by: Bryon | Jan 22, 2009 5:12:58 PM

he would be great. Him or Herm Edwards.

Posted by: pantherHead | Jan 22, 2009 5:18:53 PM

Has anyone looked at Bob Casullo from Tampa Bay. He can bring a lot of experience to this program.

Posted by: Ralph | Jan 22, 2009 5:21:03 PM

Please no ! He'd just be another puppet for Fox, we need somebody with some backbone. He just wants a job. Join the club.

Posted by: Juan | Jan 22, 2009 5:23:28 PM

It'd be interesting to learn more about this "change of heart" Trgo had. ESPN says coaches are fleeing a sinking ship, which isn't entirely accurate, since a few them have taken promotions. But if true, then why is the ship sinking?

Posted by: ray | Jan 22, 2009 5:27:11 PM


Posted by: KCPanther | Jan 22, 2009 5:33:34 PM

Haslett, might not be bad or also look at Meeks who just left the colts.

Posted by: jbw | Jan 22, 2009 5:35:14 PM

Ship is sinking because if Peppers is gone and Lucas is gone our defense may be worse next year than late last season. Then the coaches will get fired and will not find a job next year.

Posted by: jbw | Jan 22, 2009 5:38:02 PM

Why would they bring in chuckie to coach the defense, when he's an offensive coach?

Posted by: SCpanther | Jan 22, 2009 5:39:01 PM

Not only "no" but "hell no!" Haslett's defenses suck.

Posted by: Mark | Jan 22, 2009 5:58:09 PM

Crennel, Edwards, or Meeks.

Posted by: Greged | Jan 22, 2009 6:03:12 PM

I hate to say this because I am not thrilled about the prospect of Hasslet but it has got to be better than Torg. Listen this "the ship is sinking" thingis not true at all. The def is not one man...If any thing peps inconsistancy should have shown that. We can pick up a top of the line rookie DE and CB and a vet DT and we will be OK or maybe even better since Peps not the elephant in the bathtub as far as the cap. NE did it with a team of good to very good Def players rather than one "great" player.

Posted by: Eric K Hasara | Jan 22, 2009 6:10:11 PM

I LOVE this! I just got the coaching Job! First -- Me, I mean Michael Vick, as QB. Pacman Killa Jones. He a playa. Position to be anounced. Next, Chris Henry. He'll get the ball if I don't see a lane. I'm thinkin' a few times in 09. And Plaxico Burress. He owes me about $50K, and needs to work it off; otherwise I wouldn't want his crack-ridden, wild-shootin ass on the field with me. And Ocho Cinco. Ree-ree's, though annoying to talk to, can catch the ball in a pinch. GO Panthas!

Posted by: Ron Mexico | Jan 22, 2009 6:15:15 PM

Bryon - They can't bring Chucky in, because he is a "Offensive" Coach... do your research befor you post

Posted by: Catsnmbr1fan | Jan 22, 2009 6:32:06 PM

ray - they are not leaving because of a situation... LB (faj) coach is beong promoted to defensive cordinator..Major promotion.. Sal has always wanted to be a college coach, and going to Ala, will give him a lot of exposure with Nick Saban. Mike McCoy is a young up and coming coach, I knew someone would pick him up eventually... Great guy, smart coach,,we will see him in the future as a Head Coach in the NFL... Trgo probably has been hearing all the crtics (and the fans), and I'm sure Fox has been telling him he needed to shape up the defense this year

Posted by: Catsnmbr1fan | Jan 22, 2009 6:38:04 PM

This is hilarious. You fans reap what you sow. I told you to be careful what you wish for and it looks like that might come true. St. Louis has had one of the statistically worst ranked defenses in the league over the past few seasons and now the man overseeing all that is a viable candidate for the DC spot here. Trgo wasn't an elite DC, but he was one of the better ones in the league over his entire stay here and I can promise you he is better than Haslett. You all wanted him fired, so I want a serious answer...who are you going to replace him with?

Posted by: mountaineerdynasty | Jan 22, 2009 6:53:24 PM


Posted by: wes | Jan 22, 2009 6:55:13 PM

What about Romeo Crennel? I know he was not successful as a HC but he was fantastic as a DC. He is a players coach who I think Peppers would be intriged by. I would rahter have him than Haslett.

Or just get Mike Ditka to coach the offense, defense, and special teams. problem solved.

Posted by: Adam | Jan 22, 2009 7:30:12 PM

Bring in Romeo. We need to have someone teach us how to win the SuperBowl?

Posted by: Kelso | Jan 22, 2009 7:51:20 PM

Don't even think about Haslett. We don't need any New Orleans hasbeen!

Posted by: Jake | Jan 22, 2009 8:05:19 PM

Why do people keep suggesting to bring in Jon Gruden as a DC?!

Gruden is an OFFENSIVE minded coach!!
Stupidest fans in the league, i swear!

Posted by: AGH! | Jan 22, 2009 8:06:29 PM

Please no not Hasbeen. Romeo Crennel better choice.

Posted by: par | Jan 22, 2009 8:06:52 PM

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