Rams, Haslett work on new contract

Rams president John Shaw and St. Louis head coach Jim Haslett are reworking Haslett’s contract so it complies with the Rooney Rule.

Haslett’s previous deal assured him of remaining the Rams’ head coach if he leads St. Louis, which was 0-4 when he took over, to six wins this season; Haslett already is one third of the way there, and has remade the resurgent Rams, instilling his tough attitude in his team.

Shaw has a redrafted contract in his hands, and the NFL is studying the new deal. Included in that contract is specific language referring to the Rooney Rule, and how Haslett and the Rams are in favor it. They want it to be known that, when Haslett’s initial contract was turned in, there were no intentional efforts to try to circumvent the Rooney Rule. But nevertheless, the contract did. Now both sides are taking the proper steps to rectify the situation and receive the clearance they need on the contract.

But Haslett now is in a no-lose situation. Either he will land the Rams head coaching job, or he will get consideration from other places if he continues demonstrating the coaching prowess he has this season.

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