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saintz08 01-02-2006 06:18 PM

HAZ GETS HIS WISH
 
HAZ GETS HIS WISH



The number of head coaching vacancies is now at seven, and we're not even 24 hours into the offseason for the 20 non-playoff teams.



Jay Glazer reports that the Saints have fired coach Jim Haslett.



It's actually good news for Haslett, who privately wanted out of a bad situation with the Saints and who feared that he'd be forced to finish out the final year of his contract, in 2006. He was willing to stay with the Saints only if owner Tom Benson demonstrated a commitment to winning, which would have required a long-term extension for Haslett and his staff, among other things.



Since Benson wouldn't do it, Haslett asked to be fired, we're told.



So Benson has opted to accept potential responsibility for Haslett's 2006 coaching salary. But Benson's exposure will be reduced by any money that Haslett earns as a head coach elsewhere, and given the number of openings it's a virtual certainty that Haz will hear the words, "You're hired" before too long.



If the Bills dump coach Mike Mularkey, Haslett will go to the top of the list, especially among the fan base. He also has been mentioned for openings in Houston and St. Louis. Glazer reports that Haslett will be a candidate with the Jets, if coach Herm Edwards makes tracks to K.C.

http://www.profootballtalk.com/rumormill.htm

Quote:

He was willing to stay with the Saints only if owner Tom Benson demonstrated a commitment to winning, which would have required a long-term extension for Haslett and his staff, among other things.
Interesting statement .

Does Benson hold the team back or Did Hasbeen really think he was a coach who could make a winner ???


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