Haslett gets another shot as head coach

March, 11, 2009
3/11/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Former New Orleans coach Jim Haslett is going to be a head coach again. This time it will be in the United Football League.

Haslett was one of four former NFL coaches to be officially announced as UFL coaches on Wednesday. Former head coaches Dennis Green and Jim Fassel and longtime NFL assistant Ted Cottrell were the other three.

Haslett's going to coach the Orlando franchise. He was St. Louis' defensive coordinator at the start of last season and was promoted to interim head coach. There was some strong sentiment by Rams' players who wanted Haslett to stay as the head coach, but that didn't happen.

Haslett had some success in his early days in New Orleans, but was fired after a 3-13 season that was disrupted by Hurricane Katrina. Even under those difficult circumstances, with the Saints practicing in San Antonio and playing in Baton Rouge, Haslett drew wide praise for the way he handled the situation.

Going to Orlando might turn out to be a good career move for Haslett. Nobody knows how the new league will fly, but Haslett has always had a reputation for being popular with players and for being a straight shooter. A little success in the new league could help put him back into a head coaching job in the NFL down the road.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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