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Rams Working on 2009 agreement with Haslett


There have been rumors and ruminations over the past week with regards to Rams interim head coach, Jim Haslett.  No, he’s not going to get fired yet, but the Rams are working on an agreement that would take away the interim tag if he has a record of 6-6 as the Rams head coach. 

Now, I don’t like the idea of putting a hard cap on the number of wins needed or creating a form of ultimatum for Coach Haslett.  What if the Rams run off six straight wins in Haslett’s first six games (dream with me here) and then lose the next six in embarrassing fashion?  The position of the Rams at the end of the season will not be any better than at the beginning, but because Haslett met the arbitrary win line, he will be head coach.  This is the same sort of ultimatum that made ex-head coach Scott Linehan go completely bonkers and cut Fakhir Brown, bench Marc Bulger and shuffle the entire defense in the effort to get one win to save his job.  Linehan was not concerned with the long-term health and ability of the team; he was only trying to get one win.  I think this is the most important point here.  Giving Haslett a target to shoot at for this year to earn his permanent promotion, the Rams front office (whoever may be making this decision) is leaving open the possibility of Haslett hurting the Rams in the long-term to get one or two more wins at the end of the year.

Don’t get me wrong here – I think that if Haslett does a good job with the team for the rest of the year, he deserves to be considered when the Rams look for a new head coach.  If he has the Rams playing with confidence at the end of the year and all the players looking forward to coming back to OTA in the spring, he should get a lot of consideration.   I’m simply against setting a hard cap on the number of wins in 2008 for Haslett.  If the front office told Haslett that they would look at the state of the team at the end of the year and how they performed for Haslett; and then evaluate whether he should be the full time head coach, I would feel more comfortable.

I think any Rams fan would be happy with a 6-10 season after the 0-4 start to the year.  However, I also think that most Rams fans will not care if they are 5-11 or 7-9 as long as the Rams are in a better position to contend in 2009.

I just do not want Jim Haslett and his staff to alienate some of the Rams talented young players and wear out the veteran players in an effort to get to the 6 win threshold.

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