Biggs: Skins hire Haslett to run defense

The Washington Redskins have made another hire, adding veteran Jim Haslett to run the defense.

The hiring was reported by Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, and it gives new coach Mike Shanahan two coordinators in place as his first hire was his son, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.

Haslett most recently ran the defense for the St. Louis Rams and served as their interim coach before moving to the United Football League this past fall.

The question is what has happened to defensive coordinator Greg Blache, who has not retired and has not been fired. Blache was at Redskins Park earlier today, according to a league source, and is under contract through 2010. He’s known to have a strong relationship with owner Daniel Snyder, and Blache even temporarily ended a silent period with the media to come out and speak on Snyder’s behalf during the middle of the disappointing season.

Rookie outside linebacker Brian Orakpo flourished under Blache this season, and despite a moribund offense the past two seasons, Blache’s defense played at a high level.

Haslett interviewed for the job on Monday, and secondary coach Jerry Gray got an interview with Mike Shanahan earlier today. The Redskins are pursuing Richard Mann as their wide receivers coach and Bobby Turner is expected to be signed as the running backs coach.

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