Former Saints and Rams head coach and noted defensive guru Jim Haslett was at Redskins Park on Monday interviewing for the defensive coordinator role, according to Comcast SportsNet. The Washington Post has confirmed the report and beat man Jason Reid says that Haslett appears to be the front-runner to land the job now that Mike Zimmer's staying with the Bengals.
HaslettHaslett's defenses haven't always been the best in the league, but he has a solid reputation when it comes to teaching that side of the ball. It's rumored that new coach Mike Shanahan would prefer to transition into a 3-4 scheme -- and that's something that Haslett wouldn't have a problem installing.
Of course, that would put certain players in jeopardy. I don't think London Fletcher has the body type to hold up as an inside linebacker in a 3-4. When Bill Parcells made the transition to the 3-4 in Dallas, smaller linebackers such as Dexter Coakley were soon forced out the door. And even if Dat Nguyen hadn't suffered a neck injury, I'm not sure he would've excelled in the 3-4.
Brian Orakpo would obviously play outside linebacker in a 3-4, but I don't think Andre Carter has the ability to make that move at this point in his career. This will certainly be an intriguing offseason for the Skins.