Defensive assistant Kirk Olivadotti leaving for Georgia; other coaching changes
The Washington Redskins are losing defensive assistant Kirk Olivadotti from their coaching staff, as he has accepted the position of inside linebackers coach at the University of Georgia, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.
Olivadotti was the longest-tenured coach on the Redskins' staff, having spent 11 seasons with the team. Olivadotti broke into the NFL coaching ranks with Washington in 2000 as a defensive quality control coach. He held that position for four seasons. From 2007 to 2009, Olivadotti served as linebackers coach for the Redskins and served as defensive assistant this past season.
Olivadotti declined to comment when reached by phone.
In other coaching-related news, the team re-signed safeties coach Steve Jackson, two sources said. Jackson had been with the Redskins staff since 2004, coaching the safeties each season, and his contract was up.
Meanwhile, the Redskins announced Wednesday afternoon that they have promoted offensive assistant Sean McVay to tight ends coach. McVay, who just completed his first season with the Redskins, filled in as tight ends coach for the last four games of the season after Jon Embree left to take the head coaching job at the University of Colorado.
His promotion to tight ends coach comes as a bit of a surprise, however, because at the completion of the 2010 season, Mike Shanahan sounded hesitant about handing McVay the position on a full-time basis.
"I think Sean could fill the spot, but the chances are that I'll go in another direction," Shanahan said. "I think Sean does a great job helping at the quarterbacks and wide receiver positions. He's a young coach and I have a lot of confidence in the future. I'd like to keep him in that role because he does a good job. Chances are I will go in a different direction, but it's surely not based on Sean's ability. Just based on what I think is best for our organization."
But McVay obviously changed Shanahan's mind in the last month-and-a-half. Wednesday, in the statement released by the Redskins, Shanahan said, "Sean impressed me tremendously during his four games as our tight ends coach at the end of this past season. He has an excellent rapport with the players and is a promising coach in the NFL. It quickly became clear after the season that he was going to be a full-time position coach in this league soon, and we wanted to make sure that it was with the Redskins."
| February 16, 2011; 5:36 PM ET
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