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Posted at 5:36 PM ET, 02/16/2011

Defensive assistant Kirk Olivadotti leaving for Georgia; other coaching changes

By Mike Jones

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."

By Mike Jones  | February 16, 2011; 5:36 PM ET
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Now that's reporting!!

Posted by: jiza32 | February 16, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I was just gonna say the same thing. Likin' me some Mike Jones!

Posted by: DikShuttle | February 17, 2011 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like Jackson is one hell of a coach. Or he could have asked young Shanny to have a word with the old man -- perhaps to encourage Ol' Shanny to disregard Jackson's earlier work with the QBs and WRs -- or at least blame the abject failure of the offensive "scheme" on McNabb and Galloway.

Posted by: Vic1 | February 17, 2011 9:58 AM | Report abuse

So refreshing to have an UNBIASED reporter relaying news on the Redskins again!!!!! Thank you so much Mike Jones!! And please don't let the Washington Post sway you in to attacking the team like your predecessors LaConfora and Reid have done in the past.

Posted by: frmi | February 17, 2011 10:12 AM | Report abuse

I don't normally post, but like to read the many interesting comments. But the dog days of February are tough; endless discussions on Cam Newton, updates on Banks hospital stays, etc. etc.

How about this? The most underrated Redskin player of any decade? I'm talking about players who never received much attention; never made a probowl, never were promoted as stars, but were big impact players. I'll nominate a couple of my favorites from the past; Neal Olkewicz and Alvin Walton.

Posted by: Skin4Life1 | February 17, 2011 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I loved Alvin Walton. great energy! Oky was great too

Posted by: boysheadcoach | February 17, 2011 11:36 AM | Report abuse

I usually come on here to bash the Redskin Insider for its uninformative articles, covered in a dash of biast writing. But I must admit, this is....actual journalism. And well researched information that doesn't sound like it came from a blackberry message from the janitor at redskin park. I'm actually happy to have you, Mike Jones. This is actual information fans want to read about. You seem very worthy of the position, keep up the good work. I'll be reading a lot more now.

Posted by: culprit59 | February 17, 2011 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I loved Alvin Walton. great energy! great safety for a 3rd rounder. Oky was great too.

Posted by: boysheadcoach | February 17, 2011 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Alvin would bring it on every play. You'd be watching a game and Tony Dorsett would be turning the corner and all of a sudden, bam...Walton would nail him with a big hit. Oh, thanks for those memories.

Posted by: Skin4Life1 | February 17, 2011 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Jumpy Geathers... Brad Edwards...

Posted by: sa11231 | February 17, 2011 2:05 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: JCM-51 | February 20, 2011 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Now we have a "real" linebackers coach. MR O was never a linebacker and played WR in college. How did this guy get to be linebackers coach, who did he have pics of. No wonder we have had bad linebacker play from our young guys, we have a guy teaching them who never played the position how stupid is that. no wonder our team looks so unskilled compared to a lot of teams. Get coaches who have played the position. How could Shanny have kept this guy in any position.

Posted by: | February 21, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

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