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01/24/2006


An old and sometimes-bitter rival of the Rams will be joining the team's new coaching staff.

Former New Orleans Saints head coach Jim Haslett has been hired as the defensive coordinator for new Rams coach Scott Linehan.

Haslett reportedly will get a three-year contract.

The Rams also hired Detroit Lions quarterbacks coach Greg Olson to be their offensive coordinator.


In another development, Jim Thomas of the Post-Dispatch reports this afternoon that the Rams interviewed Clyde Powers for the position of director of pro player personnel. Powers holds the same job with the Indianapolis Colts and visited Rams Park today for his interview.


Haslett was the 2000 NFL Coach of the Year when the Saints displaced the defending Super Bowl champion Rams as NFC West champs. New Orleans then beat St. Louis in a first-round playoff game -- the only playoff victory in Saints history.

But Haslett's teams never made it back to the postseason, and he was fired after a 3-13 season in 2005 that dropped his six-year mark with the Saints to 45-51.

He was a finalist for the head coaching job in Buffalo before it went to Dick Jauron.

Haslett, who played linebacker for Buffalo from 1979-86 and for the New York Jets in '87, started his NFL coaching career as an assistant with the Los Angeles Raiders in 1993. He was defensive coordinator for the Saints in 1996 and for Pittsburgh from 1997-99 before returning to the Saints as head coach.

The Rams' defense yielded 350 yards and 26.8 points a game in 2005 under coordinator Larry Marmie.


Olson is the same age -- 42 -- as Linehan, and has playing and coaching roots that are familiar to his new boss.

After playing quarterback at Central Washington from 1983-84, Olson coached with John L. Smith and Dennis Erickson at Washington State from 1987-89.

Linehan played quarterback for Erickson at Idaho and was hired by Smith three times -- twice at Idaho and once at Louisville.

Olson's recent coaching stops include jobs as QB coach and recruiting coordinator at Purdue; QB coach for the San Francisco ***** in 2001; and QB coach for the Chicago Bears in 2003.

He was hired by Steve Mariucci in 2004 as quarterbacks coach for the Lions, and served as offensive coordinator this past season. Among the quarterbacks he has worked with are Drew Brees (Purdue), Jeff Garcia (*****) and Rex Grossman (Bears).

Olson will have the coordinator's title with the Rams, but Linehan will call the plays.


HASLETT, AT A GLANCE:


2006 ... ST. LOUIS RAMS (defensive coordinator)

2000-2005 ... New Orleans Saints (head coach)

1997-1999 ... Pittsburgh Steelers (defensive coordinator)

1996 ... New Orleans Saints (defensive coordinator)

1995 ... New Orleans Saints (linebackers coach)

1993-1994 ... Los Angeles Raiders (linebackers coach)

1991-1992 ... Sacramento Surge, WLAF (defensive coordinator)

1989-1990 ... University of Buffalo (defensive coordinator)

1988 ... University of Buffalo (linebackers coach)

1987 ... New York Jets (linebacker)

1979-1986 ... Buffalo Bills (linebacker)

1979 ... Second-round draft choice (51st overall) by the Buffalo Bills in the NFL Draft from Indiana (Pa.) University



GREG OLSON, AT A GLANCE


2006 ... ST. LOUIS RAMS (offensive coordinator)

2004-2005 ... Detroit Lions (quarterbacks coach '04; co-offensive coordinator '05)

2003 ... Chicago Bears (quarterbacks coach)

2002 ... Purdue (tight ends/recruiting coordinator)

2001 ... San Francisco ***** (quarterbacks coach)

1997-2000 ... Purdue (quarterbacks coach)

1994-1996 ... Idaho (quarterbacks coach)

1990-1993 ... Central Washington (offensive coordinator)

1987-1989 ... Washington State (graduate assistant)