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KO To Coach The LBs

As expected, Kirk Olivadotti was promoted to linebackers coach today to replace Dale Lindsey today, who got the axe Tuesday. Second year in the row Skins promote from within to give a shot to a dude in his early 30s as a position coach. Can't hate on that.

KO has won over this staff and the other defensive coaches always try to push his name out there and give him some credit, as he is the unknown/forgotten man on a staff full of former corrdinators. Greg Blache can more than handle the D Line on his own - the guy is a great coach even though he unit was pretty poor last season - and Olivadotti has been around NFL defenses most of his life.

One would assume Rocky McIntosh would become his biggest project, in much the same way Bill Lazor took on The Jason Campbell Experience a year ago. Figuring out what to do at middle linebacker will be key. At the end of the season Lemar had no idea if they would keep him there or not, but it would seem to me they might need to shuffle the deck at LB a bit next season. No doubt, Rocky needs to be on the field and contributing from the start.

The Redskins end three weeks of organizational meetings on Thursday/Friday and then the coaches and scouts are off for two weeks before heading back to Ashburn to prepare for the combine and for free agency. Essentially, this is it for big organizational changes, at least for now. Something could happen while Gibbs and Co. are on vacation, I assume, but, again, everyone around here would be shocked. They just spent three weeks evaluating every part of the team and its needs and its future as a group; to go through that process and then turn it all over to someone new from the outside wouldn't make much sense now.

No one expects any sort of GM move.

Again, it's getting a little late in the game for that. With the sixth pick, a bunch of contracts to restructure and the combine and then free agency appraoching, the time to overhaul the front office, and hire a new peersonnel guy - who would want to bring in his own scouts, etc. - has essentially passed. That hiring process, if done correctly, would take several weeks on its own. As Coach Joe has said all along, they think their process works, and they have been inclined to keep their structure in place.

Not saying they couldn't do a complete 180, but to begin doing so in February would be beyond odd.

By Jason La Canfora  |  January 17, 2007; 5:42 PM ET
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