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tweeky 12-05-2003 02:26 PM

Clayton on Haz's job...
Jim Haslett, New Orleans Saints
Despite two straight collapses that kept the Saints out of the playoffs in the past two years, there wasn't a feeling that Haslett's job was in jeopardy heading into the 2003 campaign. His teams were competitive and had dealt with a lot of adversity in the locker room in the previous two seasons. In fact, one source said that Haslett could go 0-16 this season and probably hang on to his job because owner Tom Benson believes so much in his head coach. But the Saints have played without passion for much of the season, and even a couple of wins over the past month haven't quieted the critics who say it's time for Haslett to move on. Quarterback Aaron Brooks hasn't developed as expected, the defense was slow to come together and Haslett has made some strange coaching decisions that may have cost his team some wins. Now at 6-6, if Haslett avoids a late-season collapse and guides the Saints into the postseason, he will likely save his job.

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