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Break from coaching might be best for Haslett

Jim Haslett's future in New Orleans is up in the air, and one possible scenario is that he will decide to take a break from coaching in 2006.

Updated: July 14, 2008, 5:01 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com
There's definitely some smoke to the reports this week, the first by ESPN's Chris Mortensen, that New Orleans Saints coach Jim Haslett will consider resigning at the end of this train wreck of a season.

Haslett has been eroded both physically and emotionally by the disruptions which essentially scuttled the season before it even began. And given the uncertainty of the future, both short- and long-term because of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, Haslett might be better served in the long run with a change of address.

The problem for Haslett is that he has one more season remaining on his current contract -- no, he never did get the two-year extension owner Tom Benson and general manager Mickey Loomis claimed he would in February, after their annual evaluation of the organization, and he isn't about to sign an add-on at this point -- and the Saints could force him to honor it.

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