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Redskins Insider: February 10, 2008 - February 16, 2008

Todd Collins, Ethan Albright and Derrick Forst News

So much for this week of "vacation" - think I've worked every day. Oh well, part of the gig and I have had time to get the house ready to hit the market, so I can't complain. I'm running out of time so here's what will be in the paper...

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 16, 2008; 6:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (784)
 
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Albright Re-Signs

Jason LaCanfora, while parking at his "climate-controlled" storage facility in Shirlington, calls to report: The Redskins have re-signed their first free agent of the offseason. Long-snapper Ethan Albright said he signed his one-year contract today and is sending it back to the team. Albright, who just returned from the Pro...

By Emilio Garcia-Ruiz  |  February 16, 2008; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
 
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Smith Speaks

From Jason Reid: So my man J La broke the news that Tennessee Titans assistant head coach-offense Sherman Smith has accepted the Washington Redskins' offensive coordinator position. As part of my contribution on our tag-team report, I just got off the phone with Smith. But before I get into what...

By Emilio Garcia-Ruiz  |  February 15, 2008; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (172)
 
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Sherman Smith Takes The Job With The Skins

Smith just informed the Tennessee Titans he is taking the Redskins' offensive coordinator job, league sources said. Look for an announcement shortly. Also, league sources say the Titans are very much interested in fired Redskins running backs coach Earnest Byner to work with their running backs, and plan to contact...

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 15, 2008; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Smith delays decision

Jason Reid reports: Tennessee Titans assistant coach Sherman Smith needs more time to decide whether to join the Redskins, league sources said. Smith said yesterday that he was leaning toward accepting an offer to become Washington's offensive coordinator under new head coach Jim Zorn, Smith's former teammate and close friend....

By Emilio Garcia-Ruiz  |  February 15, 2008; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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Smith Decision Tomorrow

From Jason Reid: Just got off the phone again with Tennessee Titans assistant head coach/offense Sherman Smith, who said he will inform the Redskins whether he will accept the offensive coordinator position tomorrow. Smith had planned to inform new head coach Jim Zorn today but was unable to meet with...

By Emilio Garcia-Ruiz  |  February 14, 2008; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (484)
 
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Sherman Smith ... Still Deciding

More from Jason Reid: Just got off the phone with Sherman Smith, who still is trying to decide whether to accept the Redskins' offer to become their offensive coordinator. Smith, the Tennessee Titans' assistant head coach/offense, told me he's heard a lot of good things about the organization and hopes...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  February 14, 2008; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
 
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Stump Is Here

From Jason Reid: Stump Mitchell has arrived at Redskins Park. Mitchell, Washington's new assistant head coach-running backs, is touring the complex and meeting with coaches. New coach Jim Zorn told me Mitchell is a good guy, and J La and I have heard that elsewhere, too. I can attest to...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  February 14, 2008; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Earnest Byner Says Goodbye (Updated)

Just got off the phone with Earnest Byner, one of the best people in the Park, and one of the most positive people I have met in thus business. Byner, the Redskins RB Coach the past 4 seasons, had nothing but good things to say about this organization. They replaced...

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 13, 2008; 8:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Smith Leaning Toward Washington

From Jason Reid: The Redskins' coaching staff could be completed tomorrow morning. Tennessee Titans' assistant head coach-offense Sherman Smith apparently is leaning toward accepting Washington's offensive coordinator position. Smith, the top choice of new Redskins Coach Jim Zorn, plans to discuss the situation early tomorrow with Titans Coach Jeff Fisher...

By Cindy Boren  |  February 13, 2008; 6:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Mitchell Hiring Is Official

Jason Reid reports: Even when J La is supposed to be getting some well-deserved time off, the guy still works the phones like an animal. We've confirmed the Redskins have a new running backs coach: Stump Mitchell. Mitchell, formerly the Seattle Seahawks' running backs coach, has agreed to a two-year...

By Emilio Garcia-Ruiz  |  February 13, 2008; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Smith Gets the Redskins Park Tour

Jason Reid has a dispatch from Redskins Park: This is just a little follow-up to the great work my main man Jason LaCanfora has done on the Redskins' search for an offensive coordinator. As Jason told you guys first (as if J La does it any other way), the Redskins...

By Cindy Boren  |  February 12, 2008; 6:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Mr. Smith Comes To Washington

Titans assistant head coach - offense, Sherman Smith, is boarding a plane to Dulles this morning to interview for the Skins offensive coordinator vacancy. As you regulars know, within two hours of Zorn getting the head coach gig RI was all over Sherman Smith getting the first crack at the...

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 12, 2008; 9:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Sherman Smith and Stump Mitchell

Spoke to several more sources today, including some that know Zorn well, and all continue to say they expect Sherman Smith, an assistant head coach/offense, with the Titans, to be his top choice as offensive coordinator. Zorn also remains interested in Seattle RB coach Stump Mitchell as well, sources said....

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 11, 2008; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (333)
 
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JLC on JZ

Jason's pretty much off this week (well-earned), but Cindy and others will try to keep the blog rolling. For your lunchtime viewing pleasure, here's Jason talking about the Zorn hire ......

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  February 11, 2008; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hall of Fame Game

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced that the Redskins indeed will play in the annual Hall of Fame game, facing the Indianapolis Colts at 8 p.m. Aug. 3 in Canton, Ohio. The game is played the day after Hall of Fame inductions, which, this year, will include Art...

By Cindy Boren  |  February 10, 2008; 7:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (322)
 
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Highlights From Zorn News Conference

What follows is a rough transcript of key comments, posted live during the 3 p.m. Zorn presser: • First up, of course was owner Daniel Snyder, who thanked fans for "their patience and understanding. I appreciate very much the fan support and patience. ... I also want to thank Joe...

By Cindy Boren  |  February 10, 2008; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (297)
 
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Jim Fassel Speaks

Had a brief conversation with Jim Fassel today. Much like in 2004, Fassel was strung along here for a while then left on the outside when a surprise head coaching decision was made. He likes Dan Snyder and was very eager and excited to work with him and thought he...

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 10, 2008; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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More Details On The Hiring

Jim Zorn, new head coach, will be calling plays, directing the offense, working hands on with Jason Campbell as the primary voice directing the young QB, league sources said. That's a lot of hats to wear for anyone, much less a first time head coach. That's the primary word of...

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 10, 2008; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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