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The Saints Go Marching InWhen Jim Haslett came marching into New Orleans last year, few expected him to turn around the most bedeviled team in the history of pro sports. But despite a hellish start, he did a heavenly job.
© April 2001
Some people in the NFL and the media thought Jim Haslett was so desperate to be a head coach that he'd simply taken the first offer he got. After all, he'd interviewed for openings in Seattle, Chicago, Philadelphia and Baltimore and come up empty.
Others thought the New Orleans Saints were the desperate ones that they had no idea what they were doing when they hired Haslett last year. After all, this is the same franchise that had never, ever won an NFL playoff game, one of the most frustrated franchises in the history of pro sports.
Not that Haslett cared. He knew the franchise, having spent the 1995 and 1996 seasons with the Saints as defensive coordinator. He knew the owner, Tom Benson, from working for him, not from hearing about his eccentric reputation. Haslett knew the new general manager, Randy Mueller, and he knew....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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