Jim Haslett is out as the defensive coordinator in Washington, the team announced today (via Twitter). In breaking the news, the club classified Haslett’s departure as a mutual agreement between the two sides to part ways.
“Jim and I have had discussions over the last few days and have decided that it’s best for everyone that we have a new defensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins,” head coach Jay Gruden said in a statement, per Mike Jones of the Washington Post (Twitter links). “I wish him nothing but the best in the future.”
Despite Gruden telling reporters earlier this week that he would recommend retaining Haslett, the defensive coordinator was viewed as a candidate to be fired this week after his unit struggled in 2014. Per Football Outsiders, the team’s defense finished 27th in DVOA, including 32nd against the pass. Washington also allowed 27.4 points per game this season, tied for the third-worst mark in the NFL.
Washington will now be in the market for a new defensive coordinator for the first time since 2010. It’s not clear yet who will be on the club’s list of candidates, but more teams are seeking a new offensive coordinator than a DC at this point, so Washington could get a head-start on interviewing potential targets.