Shanahan revealed Wednesday that defensive coordinator Jim Haslett was among his assistants who received contract extensions during the offseason.
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Jason Reid of the Washington Post also reports special teams coordinator Danny Smith was extended through 2013. Smith's units have had two punts blocked this season and had five field goals blocked last year.
The announcement's timing was not accidental. Haslett took some heat locally after Washington's 31-28 loss to the St. Louis Rams. Shanahan is trying to take his guy off the hot seat.
"If I didn't feel very good about Jim and I didn't feel very good about Danny, I wouldn't have extended them," Shanahan said.
Haslett did a commendable job with the New Orleans Saints, but his defenses have almost uniformly struggled in St. Louis and Washington.
Dan Snyder has fired people with a lot less money on their contracts than Haslett and Smith. Both of their units have to improve.