Jim Haslett | Seattle Sea Dragons

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Team: Seattle Sea Dragons
Organization: Professional Football
Position: Head Coach
League: XFL
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Jim Haslett is the head coach of the Seattle Sea Dragons of the XFL. He played college football for the IUP Crimson Hawks before being drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 1979 NFL Draft. He went on to be named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Haslett's coaching career began in the late 1980s, with him rejoining the NFL by the mid 1990s. In 2000, he was hired as head coach of the New Orleans Saints and was named the NFL Coach of the Year. He has also served as head coach for the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League (UFL).

Haslett's first coaching position was as an assistant coach at the University at Buffalo from 1988 to 1990. He is the second assistant coach of the University of Buffalo Bulls to move and become a head coach in the NFL.

Haslett began his NFL coaching career as a linebackers coach for the Los Angeles Raiders in 1993. Haslett next coached linebackers for the New Orleans Saints in 1995 and was promoted to defensive coordinator for the 1996 season. Haslett then coordinated the Pittsburgh Steelers defense for the 1997 through 1999 seasons.

In January 2000, Haslett was named head coach of the New Orleans Saints. That season, he guided the Saints to a 10–6 regular-season record, their second NFC West division championship, and the first playoff victory in franchise history. As a result of the Saints' turnaround from their previous 3–13 season, Haslett was named NFL Coach of the Year.

Haslett became the St. Louis Rams' defensive coordinator to start the 2006 season. On September 29, 2008 Haslett was named the interim head coach of the Rams. He won his first game as interim head coach of the Rams with a 19-17 victory over the 4-1 Washington Redskins. That win was followed by a 34-14 drubbing of the Dallas Cowboys on October 19, 2008.

Haslett coached the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League during its inaugural season in 2009. The team went 6-0 in the regular season and Haslett was named UFL Coach of Year.

Haslett was hired as the Washington Redskins defensive coordinator on January 12, 2010 where he coached through 2014. He went on to coach linebackers for the Cincinnati Bengals (2016-18) and Tennessee Titans (2020-21) before being hired in Seattle in 2023.

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