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Redskins Insider: January 24, 2010 - January 30, 2010

Zorn hired by Ravens as quarterbacks coach

Updated 8:05 p.m. Jim Zorn wasn't out of work long. The former Redskins head coach, fired Jan. 4, has been hired as the Baltimore Ravens' quarterbacks coach. "I'm very excited about having a job, No. 1, and then having a job with another excellent organization," Zorn said in a phone...

By Jason Reid  |  January 30, 2010; 4:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (177)
 
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Redskins sign long snapper Nick Sundberg

The Redskins Friday announced the signing of long snapper Nick Sundberg to a futures contract. Sundberg, 22, was most recently with the Baltimore Ravens, having signed with them late in the season. Sundberg, a University of California product, originally signed with the Panthers last spring as a rookie free agent...

By Rick Maese  |  January 29, 2010; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (228)
 
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Where will Haynesworth fit in Haslett's defense?

There's been no further indication from the Redskins of what they'll do defensively next season under new coordinator Jim Haslett, but certainly speculation continues to center on a shift to a 3-4 defense. The most intriguing part of the switch for many will be Albert Haynesworth. He's played his entire...

By Rick Maese  |  January 29, 2010; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (156)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth  
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In LaFleur, Redskins have coach whose specialty is passing

With three coaches under the age of 35, Mike Shanahan's offensive coaching staff will be significantly younger than the one that preceded it. One of the most intriguing hires was quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur, who followed offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan from Houston and was relatively unknown outside the Texans' organization....

By Rick Maese  |  January 29, 2010; 6:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (172)
Categories:  Kyle Shanahan  
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Tebow's confident his show will play in NFL

Not surprisingly, the spectacle at the Senior Bowl has centered around All Things Tim Tebow. At his media availability on Wednesday, he was asked as many questions about his anti-abortion Super Bowl commercial as he was about football. So on some level, he's transcended the sport; on another, it's not even...

By Rick Maese  |  January 28, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (269)
 
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Redskins shift to draft mode but are mum on philosophy

As the Redskins' coaches and scouts began to trickle out of Mobile, Ala., on Wednesday afternoon, the team officially shifted to draft mode. Which brings us to one big question about its draft philosophy: Under Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan, will the Redskins draft based on need or will they...

By Rick Maese  |  January 28, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (160)
Categories:  Bruce Allen , Mike Shanahan  
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Redskins will hire McCardell to coach wide receivers

(Updated, 9 p.m.) The Redskins will hire one of their former wide receivers, Keenan McCardell, as wide receivers coach, according to an ESPN report. The team interviewed at least three candidates for its final opening: former Bucs receivers coach Richard Mann, former Bucs receiver Ike Hilliard and McCardell, also a...

By Rick Maese  |  January 27, 2010; 8:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
 
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Ike Hilliard interviews for Redskins staff vacancy

Former NFL receiver Ike Hilliard interviewed for the Washington Redskins' vacant wide receivers' coaching job this week in Mobile, Ala. Hilliard, who played for the Giants and Bucs from 1997-2008, is still technically an active player, but he's expected to retire officially soon to enter the coaching ranks. Last year...

By Rick Maese  |  January 27, 2010; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
 
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Redskins' strength and conditioning staff is let go

While most of the news leaking out of Redskins Park the past two weeks has concerned the team's turnover on the coaching staff, there are a couple other areas of the organization that we haven't discussed much: the strength and conditioning staff and the front office. One is being the...

By Rick Maese  |  January 27, 2010; 6:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (296)
 
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Redskins scout the Senior Bowl

We're between practices at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. The Redskins' contingent was out in force this morning, watching the North team practice. Scott Campbell, still the team's director of player personnel, watched much of practice from the field, taking notes the entire time, while coaches and scouts mostly...

By Rick Maese  |  January 26, 2010; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (237)
 
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Fletcher says he's game if Redskins switch to 3-4 defense

Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett recently said he is considering changing from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense. Haslett believes the Redskins have the personnel to make a smooth transition, and middle linebacker London Fletcher does, too. During a conference call with reporters Monday to discuss his first Pro Bowl selection,...

By Jason Reid  |  January 25, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (343)
Categories:  Jason Reid  
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Fletcher heads for Pro Bowl with assist from Saints

After the New Orleans Saints defeated the Minnesota Vikings in overtime of the NFC Championship game, Redskins middle linebacker London Fletcher said he "did a little sprint around the house" because he finally was headed to the Pro Bowl. Selected as a first alternate, Fletcher will take the place of...

By Jason Reid and Barry Svrluga  |  January 25, 2010; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  Jason Reid  
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Fletcher says he's 'FINALLY Pro Bowl bound'

(Updated 6:52 a.m.) The Saints' victory over the Vikings in the NFC Championship game means there's an opening at linebacker in the Pro Bowl, with Jonathan Vilma playing in the Super Bowl. And that means that London Fletcher, elected to the team as an alternate, will replace Vilma in the...

By Cindy Boren  |  January 24, 2010; 10:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (226)
 
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Fletcher named a Walter Payton Award finalist

Redskins linebacker London Fletcher has been named a finalist for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, given annually to an NFL player for community service as well as on-the-field performance. Each team nominates a player and Fletcher was the Redskins' choice in 2008 as well. Other finalists this...

By Cindy Boren  |  January 24, 2010; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (113)
 
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Redskins coaches head for Senior Bowl with NFL Draft in mind

With most of Mike Shanahan's first staff in place, Redskins coaches this week will travel to Mobile, Ala., for the Senior Bowl. Historically, the Senior Bowl has been among the key events each offseason leading to the April draft. In addition to providing an early opportunity for coaches and player-personnel...

By Jason Reid  |  January 24, 2010; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (133)
Categories:  Jason Reid  
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