Here are three things to know about new Tennessee Titans inside linebackers coach, Jim Haslett.
The Tennessee Titans made a new hire on Thursday in Jim Haslett, who will take over the inside linebackers coach position from recently departed former ILB coach Tyrone McKenzie, who is now a member of the Detroit Lions coaching staff.
Coupled with this move that will reportedly “finalize” the coaching staff, the Titans will not name a defensive coordinator, which means head coach Mike Vrabel will likely assume the play-calling duties on defense.
But that’s a discussion for another day and for now we’re going to take a look at three quick facts about Haslett and what he brings to the table.
1. Haslett has a ton of coaching experience
The Titans’ new inside linebackers coach will be bringing a ton of experience with him to Tennessee. In all, Haslett has been a coach in the NFL for 24 years, with 12 as a defensive coordinator and six as a head coach. He last coached with the Cincinnati Bengals as their inside linebackers coach in 2018.
2. Haslett is a former NFL Coach of the Year
In his first season as the head coach of the New Orleans Saints in 2000, Haslett was named the NFL Coach of the Year after taking the team to a 10-6 record. It was an impressive season in which the Saints went from a 3-13 record the year prior to a double-digit win season. Haslett led the Saints to a playoff win in the wild card round over the St. Louis Rams before being knocked out in the divisional round against the Minnesota Vikings.
3. Vrabel played under Haslett
Vrabel spent his first four years in the NFL as a player with the Pittsburgh Steelers, which was Haslett’s second stint as a defensive coordinator in the NFL. Haslett held the position with Pittsburgh from 1997 to 1999, three of the four years Vrabel was there, so there is some familiarity here between Vrabel and Haslett.