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Redskins Insider: January 17, 2010 - January 23, 2010

Redskins add Sean McVay as offensive assistant

As previously reported, the Redskins have retained Steve Jackson as safeties coach, and the team today also announced the hiring of Sean McVay as an offensive assistant. Jackson has coached the team's safeties since 2004. New Coach Mike Shanahan earlier this week informed Jackson he would be retained. Jackson joins...

By Jason Reid  |  January 22, 2010; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (276)
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Seahawks hire Sherman Smith to coach running backs

Former Redskins offensive coordinator Sherman Smith was hired today as the Seattle Seahawks' running backs coach. "I really like what [new Seattle Coach] Pete Carroll had to say and what they're trying to do here," Smith said before boarding a plane to return from Seattle. "Pete is the real deal...

By Jason Reid  |  January 21, 2010; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (284)
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Redskins add Burney, Slowik to defensive staff

(Updated 3:51 p.m.) The Redskins made official two more defensive hires to Mike Shanahan's staff Thursday afternoon, naming Jacob Burney as the defensive line coach and Bob Slowik the defensive backs coach. Both men have long histories with Shanahan during his time in Denver, continuing a trend of recent hires...

By Barry Svrluga  |  January 21, 2010; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
 
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Report: Redskins hire offensive-line coach from 49ers

The Redskins' most significant remaining staff opening is likely to be the job of offensive line coach, a position that will be filled by former San Francisco assistant Chris Foerster, according to an ESPN report. Foerster would replace Joe Bugel, who retired last week after 32 NFL seasons. Foerster, 48,...

By Barry Svrluga  |  January 21, 2010; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (141)
 
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Sherman Smith interviewing with Seahawks

Former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Sherman Smith will interview Thursday for a job coaching running backs with the Seattle Seahawks, an NFL source confirmed Thursday. Smith, a longtime running backs coach with the Tennessee Titans, joined his friend and former teammate Jim Zorn as the offensive coordinator with the Redskins...

By Barry Svrluga  |  January 21, 2010; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (102)
 
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The morning buzz: Assessing the assistants

Jason Reid, Rick Maese and Brian Mitchell discuss the new look of the Redskins' coaching staff with Comcast's Ivan Carter on "Washington Post Live." What's your take? One of the assistant positions that remains open is that of special teams coach. In the video above, the guys discuss Danny Smith...

By Cindy Boren  |  January 21, 2010; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
 
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K. Shanahan, LaFleur, Embree added to Redskins staff

(Updated 2:50 p.m.) The Redskins made three coaching hires official today - including a new name that hadn't been previously batted around. Kyle Shanahan's hiring as the Redskins' new offensive coordinator was hardly a secret - especially considering Mike Shanahan spilled the beans at his own introductory news conference two...

By Rick Maese  |  January 20, 2010; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (248)
 
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Gray praises potential of secondary he leaves behind

In personal notes at the end of every season, former secondary coach Jerry Gray critiques defensive backs and offers suggestions on how to improve. Gray recently completed the process for the last time with the Redskins and plans to do the same after next season for the Seattle Seahawks, who...

By Jason Reid  |  January 20, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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Redskins take shopping list to all-star games

Coach Mike Shanahan has been on the job for two weeks now and much of his coaching staff has been put together. There are still a couple of key hires to make, but the organization has already turned at least one eye toward the upcoming draft. General manager Bruce Allen...

By Rick Maese  |  January 20, 2010; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Harvey returns from sobering mission to Haiti

There was some rain in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday night that delayed flights, but the Redskins-Diageo envoy finally returned home early this morning, after distributing more than 50,000 pounds of food, clothing and medical kits to the earthquake-ravaged region. Included among the donations was a bunch of clothing from the...

By Rick Maese  |  January 20, 2010; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Ken Harvey talks of suffering in Haiti

The scene in Haiti is overwhelming and, as he spoke by telephone, former Redskins linebacker Ken Harvey was still processing what he'd seen over a two-day trip to the island. "You're walking down the street, you see nothing but rubble. People walking around, they don't really have any place to...

By Rick Maese  |  January 19, 2010; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (219)
 
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Report: Rinehart arrested for public intoxication

(Updated at 4:44 p.m.) Redskins offensive lineman Chad Rinehart, who finished his second season in the league on injured reserve, was arrested outside a bar in his home state of Iowa, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. An officer with the police department at the University of Northern Iowa, Rinehart's...

By Barry Svrluga  |  January 19, 2010; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (110)
 
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Redskins, Chris Meidt part ways

Two years ago at this time, Chris Meidt was an obscure Division III head coach at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. When Jim Zorn, then the new coach of the Washington Redskins and a man whom Meidt had met at several coaching clinics, called to offer him an assistant's...

By Barry Svrluga  |  January 19, 2010; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
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Safeties coach Jackson retained by Shanahan

Longtime safeties coach Steve Jackson has been retained on new Coach Mike Shanahan's first staff. "Yes, I'm back," Jackson said in a phone interview. "He [Shanahan] told me this morning, just about an hour ago. He really didn't go into too much detail about" Jackson's role on the reconfigured staff....

By Jason Reid  |  January 19, 2010; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (198)
 
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Gray accepts Seahawks job

Just got off the phone with former Redskins secondary coach Jerry Gray, who late last night accepted the Seattle Seahawks' secondary job. Gray, who was cleaning out his office at Redskins Park during a brief phone interview, said he spoke with new Seattle head coach Pete Carroll last night and...

By Jason Reid  |  January 19, 2010; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
 
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Gray says he has not yet signed with Seattle

Redskins secondary coach Jerry Gray said reports of his hiring by the Seattle Seahawks are a bit premature. "I do have an offer from Seattle to be their secondary coach, and it's a one-of-a-kind offer, but I have not signed yet," Gray said in a lengthy phone interview Monday evening....

By Jason Reid  |  January 18, 2010; 6:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
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Report: Gray hired to coach Seahawks' defensive backs

Jerry Gray has accepted a position to coach the Seattle Seahawks' defensive backs, according to an ESPN.com report. With Gray as its coach, the Redskins' secondary spent much of the 2009 season ranked among the NFL's best pass defenses. The Redskins finished the season tied for eighth in pass yards...

By Rick Maese  |  January 18, 2010; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (169)
 
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Campbell encouraged by arrival of Shanahan

After the most trying season of his NFL career, Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell received an unexpected boost last week from Coach Mike Shanahan. At Redskins Park on Wednesday to attend Joe Bugel's retirement news conference and luncheon, Campbell encountered Shanahan as Campbell was leaving the complex and they spoke briefly,...

By Jason Reid  |  January 18, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (358)
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