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Former players interning as coaches

Former Denver Broncos stars Terrell Davis and Steve Atwater are among six former players interning as training camp assistants with the Washington Redskins this summer. Michael Pittman, Chris Samuels, Steve Beuerlein and Clarence Vaughn are also working with the team during camp, to test the coaching waters.

Davis, Atwater, Beuerlein and Pittman all played for Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan in Denver, while Vaughn played for the Redskins from 1987-1992, winning two Super Bowls with the franchise. Samuels, the Redskins' left tackle for the past decade, joined the team as a coaching intern after retiring at the end of last season.

The relationships formed during their playing days provided the players the chance to see what they think of coaching, they said.

"We put a lot of years in together and it is good to be able to call someone up and be offered this opportunity because I don't take it lightly," said Atwater, an eight-time Pro Bowl safety who won two Super Bowls in Denver. "A lot of people may have applied for this position and a lot of people would like to be here doing this internship, so it's great that [Shanahan] would think enough about me to invite me up."

"I expect to...hopefully be able to look at the offense in a different light," said Davis, who was the 1997 Super Bowl MVP and two-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year during a standout career in Denver. "I was pretty much one-dimensional looking at the offense just from my position standpoint. But now, I want to be able to look at it from a coaching standpoint, understand what it requires to be a coach, the hours they have to put in, the discipline for that, and just see if it's something I'd really like to do."

"Right now I'm just trying to feel the water and see if it's warm," he added. "And if it's nice and warm I might hop in. That's what I'm going to do for the next two weeks."

Atwater said the experience already has been eye-opening and that it has only fueled his desire to pursue coaching. Atwater spoke about the rigors of coaching, including the increased film time that has allowed him to better understand the nuances of the game, and said he has enjoyed getting to learn an entire system instead of just position-specific roles.

Atwater, who is working with the defensive backs, praised the unit and said he has been impressed so far. The two-time All-Pro also spoke highly of Redskins safety LaRon Landry, who is expected to feature more in the Redskins' aggressive 3-4 scheme this season.

"I have gotten a chance to speak with him and he's an extremely talented player, extremely intense," Atwater said. "He's played well the last few years and I think he's going to have a great year, especially in this defense. It's an aggressive defense, I think, and I think it'll be a great fit for him."

By Paul Tenorio  |  July 30, 2010; 4:41 PM ET
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Posted by: stevek20147 | July 30, 2010 4:42 PM

skateboarding rocks... even if nobody is watching.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | July 30, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I will be keeping an eye specifically on Atwater and Landry. Atwater was a bad M-fer in Denver.

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | July 30, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | July 30, 2010 4:48 PM

Cows on skateboards I would watch!

Posted by: stevek20147 | July 30, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

as for the analysis Keim brings vs JR et al -- yeah, its a big difference.

Keim is opinionated, shares what he sees/thinks. The RI guys are always looking for someone else to interpret what they're seeing. Its always kind of weak when an RI guy writes something like "according to some observers ...."

The RI guys are being paid to observe and blog (as opposed to a written news story), so tell us what YOU observed ... not just what someone else observed.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | July 30, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

@Adam_Schefter Redskins, Seahawks and San Diego complete three-way trade incluing V. Jackson to Wash. 14 minutes ago

3 ways are almost always more talk than action. Almost always

Posted by: zcezcest1 | July 30, 2010 4:20 PM

Then there is the the uncool threesome, which should always be avoided.

Posted by: Diesel44 | July 30, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Apparently Atwater hasn't learned that coaches watch film. If he did, he wouldn't have said how well LL has played the last few years.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | July 30, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Steve Atwater:

Nothing more needs to be said.

Posted by: Original_etrod | July 30, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Original_etrod | July 30, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Atwater can teach Laron a lot. They are both hard hitters but Atwater can teach Laron how and when to use that ability.

Posted by: nfcBEaST | July 30, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Be nice if Shannon Sharpe dropped by to work with Freddie Davis

Posted by: coparker5 | July 30, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

I will be keeping an eye specifically on Atwater and Landry. Atwater was a bad M-fer in Denver.

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | July 30, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse
I'll never forget on a Monday night, when Atwater pretty much ended the career Christian Okeye (sp?).

Posted by: clark202 | July 30, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

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