Published: September 29th, 2008 | Tags: St. Louis Rams
The Rams fired coach Scott Linehan after just four games, but football fans should be very familiar with his replacement, new Rams coach, Jim Haslett.
Haslett spent six seasons as coach of the Saints, leading the team to its second division championship and first playoff victory during the 2000 season. That playoff win came against the defending Super Bowl champion Rams, 31-27, and helped Haslett win NFL Coach of the Year honors. Haslett had inherited a team that had gone 3-13 during the 1999 season.
In 2002, Haslett helped lead the Saints to a 9-7 record, including a season sweep of the eventual Super Bowl XXXVII champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
After a trying 3-13 2005 season in which the Saints were forced to play home games at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La., and at San Antonio’s Alamodome in the wake of Hurricane Katrina’s devastating effects on the city of New Orleans and the Louisiana Superdome, the Saints fired Haslett and replaced him with Sean Payton. Haslett compiled a career coaching mark of 45-51 with the Saints.
Haslett was also a linebacker for the Buffalo Bills from 1979 to 1986, winning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.