There was no need to let Haslett dangle

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Rams appeared ready to move on without interim coach Jim Haslett when they lined up interviews with other candidates. Haslett appeared ready to move on without the Rams when he interviewed to become defensive coordinator in Green Bay.

Given where we all saw this heading, the Rams surprised no one by formally announcing that Haslett would not return in 2009.

Here's how general manager Billy Devaney put it in a statement:

"Jim took over an impossible situation. He kept the team focused and playing hard and, as an organization, we are much better off for his contribution. We decided that, after going through the interview process and in the spirit of that process, it was best to let Jim know that we are going to go in a new direction."

The Rams said they expected to make no additional announcements Thursday. Candidates include Leslie Frazier, Rex Ryan, Steve Spagnuolo and Jason Garrett. Devaney has suggested a decision could be made this weekend.