Jim Haslett told me about 5 pm today that he has been informed by G.M. Billy Devaney that he will not be the head coach in 2009. Haslett says Devaney told him that ownership wants to start fresh. So, that leaves four candidates in the field. Steve Spagnoulo was interviewing today in L.A.
Haslett is very disappointed by the news. He poured a lot into the job and had detailed plans for the Rams in 2009 and beyond. I've been on the record saying I think Haz would get it done but I'll respect Devaney's decision. I hope it is his decision and not John Shaw influencing Chip Rosenbloom. Shaw needs to let a "football guy" make this decision. His last decision on a head coach proved disastrous.
My guess is Haslett ends up in Green Bay coaching for Mike McCarthy who coached for him in New Orleans. I wish Haz well. He was a lot of fun to work with and I respect his approach and old school sensibilities.