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Newly-appointed Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden has confirmed that Jim Haslett will stay on as the team's defensive coordinator.

There had been speculation over Haslett's future; however, Gruden confirmed in a telephone interview with the Washington Post's Mark Maske on Friday that he would be retaining the services of the assistant.

“He has one year left on his contract,” Gruden commented. “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.”

The news may come as a slight surprise to Redskins fans, who may have been hoping for a change in the coaching setup after less-than-convincing defensive performances in recent seasons.

Under Haslett, Redskins' defense was ranked 22nd in 2013, 17th in 2012, 14th in 2011 and 26th in 2010, according to Football Outsiders.

But it appears that Gruden is keen to ensure some stability in the team's camp; Sean McVay was recently promoted to offensive coordinator, while Raheem Morris, Jacob Burney and Chris Foerster were all retained too.

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