If you look at Haslett's first team, there were a lot of guys with lots of experience coming together at the right time.
Guys like Darren Perry, Chris Oldham, Jake Reed, Andrew Glover, Jeff Blake, Darren Smith, Willie Jackson and Kevin Mathis -- all contributed to the one season turnaround and a playoff win (something Mora could never achieve with the franchise)
Haslett was the right guy for the time. He was no nonsense and he didn't care about the teams historical struggles. He just did his thing, the team bought in and went on an amazing run that first season.
Haslett coached through some crippling injuries that season. We lost a few projected starters to season ending injuries in the pre-season and guys like Blake, Ricky Williams and Fred Weary during the season. We had Gerald Moore and Terry Allen off the streets starting for us in the Wild Card game. Haslett kept them together.
The problem was trying to duplicate that success of the first season. The old guys were older. Guys like Jay Bellamy, Grady Jackson, Dale Carter and Brian Cox didn't pan out completely. The new qb on the block forced the departure of Blake in 01' and Haslett's dedication to Brooks, cost us a playoff berth in 02'.
Haslett didn't adjust to the needs of the team year to year. I appreciated his time here, for giving us at least mediocrity when all we'd had was terrible for such a long stretch.
This post was edited on 5/2 at 4:07 pm