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Updated: Jan. 24, 2006, 2:35 PM ET

Haslett signs on as Rams defensive coordinator

By John Clayton

ESPN.com

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The St. Louis Rams have hired former New Orleans Saints head coach Jim Haslett to be their defensive coordinator.

Haslett agreed to a three-year contract Tuesday morning. Haslett met with head coach Scott Linehan in Miami over the weekend and was offered the job. After thinking about it Monday night, Haslett decided to accept it Tuesday morning.

Greg Olsen was hired as offensive coordinator. He spent the past two seasons with Detroit, first as quarterbacks coach then as co-offensive coordinator.

Both will work under Linehan, hired last week as the head coach.

Olsen is 42, the same age as Linehan. He was quarterbacks coach at San Francisco in 2001, and at Chicago in 2003. Linehan, the former offensive coordinator in Miami and Minnesota, has said that he will call plays.

Haslett was the 2000 NFL Coach of the Year in his first season after leading the Saints to the only playoff victory in team history. He never made it back to the postseason, finishing 45-51 in six seasons for the second-most victories in team history behind Jim Mora's 93. The Saints went 3-13 this season after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

New Orleans hasn't had a winning season since 2002, and this year was marred before it even began. Katrina hit New Orleans less than two weeks before the regular season, and the Saints ended up playing four home games in Baton Rouge, La., three in San Antonio and one "home" game against the New York Giants that irked the Saints players because it was played in New Jersey.

Regardless of whether the circumstances contributed, the Saints finished tied with Green Bay as the worst team in the league in turnover margin. The Saints had 24 more turnovers than their opponents.

They also allowed seven returns for touchdowns on turnovers or blocked kicks without getting one of their own.

Haslett coached against the Rams twice a year when the Saints and Rams were both in the NFC West. The Saints' playoff win over the Rams in 2000 ended St. Louis' quest for a second straight Super Bowl title.

Haslett broke in as an NFL coach working with linebackers with the Los Angeles Raiders in 1993 before his first stint with the Saints in 1995-96. He was the defensive coordinator his second year with the Saints and for three seasons with Pittsburgh from 1997-99.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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