Former Saints coach Jim Haslett was hired as the St. Louis Rams' defensive coordinator yesterday.
The Rams also hired Greg Olson as offensive coordinator. He spent the last two seasons with Detroit, first as quarterbacks coach, then as co-offensive coordinator.
Both will work under Scott Linehan, hired last week as head coach.
''I was lucky to be able to get these guys," Linehan said on a conference call. ''They're exactly what I was looking for."
For years, Haslett was a sometimes bitter rival of the Rams when the Saints and Rams were in the NFC West. The Saints' playoff win over the Rams in 2000 ended St. Louis's quest for a second straight Super Bowl title. It was the only playoff win in Saints history, and Haslett was the NFL coach of the year.
Haslett was fired after six seasons as coach after going 45-51 with only the one playoff appearance. The Saints were displaced by Hurricane Katrina last season and went 3-13.
Haslett now takes on the task of rebuilding the NFL's 30th-ranked defense. Linehan said it wouldn't bother him if Haslett used his spot with the Rams to get back into head coaching.
''He gets another head coaching job, that's a good thing," Linehan said. ''That means we've done well. My job is to hire a good staff under Jim so that we can promote from within."
Capers joins MiamiDom Capers joined the Miami Dolphins, giving Nick Saban two new assistants with head coaching experience.
Capers, hired as special assistant to Saban, coached the Houston Texans for their first four seasons before being fired the day after they finished the 2005 season 2-14. He also coached the Carolina Panthers in their first four seasons, from 1995-98.
Sunday, Saban hired as offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey, who coached the Buffalo Bills to a 14-18 record the last two seasons.
Capers, 55, spoke with Saban earlier this month about joining the Dolphins and accepted the offer after failing to land another head coaching job.