One more player could drop out. One of the eight receivers on the roster is Demaryius Thomas of the Broncos. If his team beats the Patriots on Sunday Thomas will be headed to the Super Bowl in New York and not to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. That would create an opening.
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"It was a lot of issues, and schematically it wasn't the issue," Gruden said. "It was special teams and depth issues. But to see them compete on a weekly basis ... They played well. I know a lot of offensive coaches that have a lot of respect for what coach Haslett brings, and how difficult it is to go against them. I'm one of those guys."
In less than a week, new Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden has put together a good portion of his staff. Gruden's staff will include several holdovers, including Sean McVay (promoted from tight ends coach to offensive coordinator), Chris Foerster (offensive line), Jacob Burney (defensive line), Raheem Morris (secondary) and Jim Haslett (defensive coordinator). But they still have hires to make. Here's an updated list:
Phillips just completed his fifth season with the Cowboys, serving most recently as tight ends coach. He also worked with the offensive line, wide receivers and special teams units during his time in Dallas.
Another thing, Tom Coughlin tried to hire Haslett before Mike Shanahan did, when Haslett was in the UFL for a year. The Giants finished up their 2009 season with a couple of blowouts and fired coordinator Bill Sheridan after just one season. They eventually hired Perry Fewell, as Haslett chose the opportunity with Shanahan. If memory serves me correct, that's TWO two-time Super Bowl Champion head coaches that thought very highly of Haslett's coaching abilities.
"He has one year left on his contract," Gruden said in a telephone interview. "I'll talk to Bruce [Allen, the team's general manager] and we'll talk to [Haslett] and see what we can do there. But definitely he'll be back next year as coordinator."