As a former Bills player, Jim Haslett is getting a lot of play as a potential candidate for the Buffalo Bills head coaching vacancy. Over at Buffalo Rumblings, there is constant debate about getting a high profile GM and coach (not necessarily the same person). My question to you is: Do you think Jim Haslett is a good (with the potential to get better) head coach? Read specific concerns below
How is his game management? One of my biggest complaints about Dick Jauron was that in tough spots in games, he let the pressure get to him and coached "not to lose". He also had a team that needlessly wasted timeouts throughout his tenure. How was Haslett in these areas while HC in New Orleans?
Did his teams play smart? While Jauron's teams appear to have played hard for him (for the most part), it seems to the untrained eye that they made the same mistakes week after week. False starts have been a particular problem this season, but defensive players overpursuing, QBs making the wrong reads, etc. were a constant throughout his tenure.
Did his young players develop? The Bills young players all seem to hit a wall under Jauron. Lynch, Edwards, Poz, Whitner. They are good players (OK, so many of us have given up on Edwards), but haven't turned into more than that. For the Bills to be great, these players need to be great also. Did Haslett get the most out of his young players and did they show progress under his leadership?
How much of the current success of the Saints is because Haslett is no longer their coach? Would they still be a great team (even if slightly worse) if he were coaching?
Thanks for the time. I know some things about Haslett (intensity, etc) but since I don't follow the Saints religiously (unintended pun) I don't remember that much of his tenure. Best of luck for the rest of the year.