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Jim Haslett to be Redskins’ defensive coordinator

Jim Haslett has agreed to become the Redskins’ defensive coordinator under head coach Mike Shanahan, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting. Haslett’s agent, Peter Schaffer, just confirmed the report in an email.

Haslett has experience running both 4-3 and 3-4 defenses, and there’s no word yet on which scheme he plans on running in Washington.

Haslett emerged as the favorite to land the job after Cincinnati defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer re-signed with the Bengals today.

Redskins secondary coach Jerry Gray reportedly interviewed for the job this afternoon. Several players recently voiced their preference for Gray to remain on the coaching staff, but Haslett’s hiring ostensibly damages those chances.

Haslett, 54, spent 2009 as the head coach of the UFL’s Florida Tuskers. He was the St. Louis Rams’ defensive coordinator from 2006-2008. Four games into 2008, he became the Rams’ interim head coach. He amassed a record of 45-51 as head coach of the New Orleans Saints from 2000-2005. He also was the Saints’ defensive coordinator in 1996 and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive coordinator from 1997-1999.