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Ray Wright hired as strength and conditioning coach

Former front office official Ray Wright has rejoined the Redskins as their top strength and conditioning coach.

After beginning his NFL career as a scouting intern with Washington in 1997, Wright was twice promoted by the team. He served as the college/pro scouting administrator in 1998 and became the director of player programs in 1999.

Wright, who spent the last eight seasons with the Houston Texans, will lead Washington's new strength and conditioning staff, which is being assembled after the team parted ways with their entire staff last month. Wright also held a personnel assistant position with the Chicago Bears and worked as a strength and conditioning coach at Maryland and Cornell University.

The Texans promoted Wright to their top position in 2009. Wright also spent seven seasons as Houston's assistant strength and conditioning coach. New offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan worked with Wright during his time on Houston's staff.

"The position of strength and conditioning coach demands a combination of youth and experience, and Ray delivers on both of those," Coach Mike Shanahan said in a news release. "He has learned from some of the best in the business, and he has incorporated their teachings into his own philosophies. We expect him to bring out the most from our players, starting with their offseason conditioning and continuing through the entire season."

By Jason Reid  |  February 12, 2010; 4:41 PM ET
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Posted by: zcezcest1 | February 12, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: TWISI | February 12, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Anybody want Joey Porter, he just got cut. I could think of worse people to have, we are thin at LB.

Posted by: Stu27 | February 12, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Porter was a sack monster in 2008 and then didn't get nearly as much playing time with the Fins this season. He's something of a me-me-me head case, but with some strong enough figures around to give him an ocassional STFU, he could be helpful.

Posted by: InRealAmerica | February 12, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan can handle a few head cases like Porter, but maybe he waits a year to see what he's already got before adding to the mix.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | February 12, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he can do something with that noodle armed Andre Carter.

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Posted by: zcezcest1 | February 12, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Anybody want Joey Porter, he just got cut. I could think of worse people to have, we are thin at LB.

Posted by: Stu27 | February 12, 2010 4:47 PM

I think the mock consensus up here is for Antonio Pierce.

Posted by: dcsween | February 12, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

And by mock consensus I mean that I want Karlos Dansby.

Posted by: dcsween | February 12, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

I would be 100 percent in favor of signing Joey Porter. He will not command huge figures in free agency, and we could stand a veteran presence at LB who knows how to play several positions in a 3-4 scheme. He could give us huge flexibility and experience at LB which is what we need there if we are going to make that switc--and it looks like we are.

We could go with Orakpo, and McIntosh outside, and Porter and Fletcher inside, or use Porter as a roving outside linebacker in the 3-4 alignment when Orakpo and/or Carter are playing rush end. I don't see Carter as a stellar OLB, and Orakpo does most of his damage at DE, we will need more LBs like JP.

Posted by: MadeRED | February 12, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

No thanks on Joey Porter. If he played at the level that his mouth runs, I would be all for it.

He'll just be Clinton Portis 2.0, too much mouth, not enough action.

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | February 12, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm happy to see a new direction in the strength and conditioning department.

For years, I have questioned not only the conditioning, but the diets of some of the players.

Posted by: dashriprock | February 12, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

OK...It is really easy...make Fat Albert do extra conditioning until he doesn't need oxygen after every play. This isn't too hard is it??

What a joke....I would run all day and night to get his $$ and he can't even get himself in shape?? That says a lot about a person and his COMMITMENT! This is fairly commonplace in the organization...A lot ot talk and a lot of losing. SAD!

Posted by: scottpapex | February 12, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

this guy was fired by texans should have hired morris out of pitt

Posted by: jm22d56 | February 12, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Official line: " strength and conditioning coach demands a combination of youth and experience"

Romo: "S&C coach demands a sophisticated understanding of chemistry and an ability to spit"

Posted by: ElYeah | February 12, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

People keep saying that the free agent market will be fruitless this year due to the constraints put in place during a capless year. But teams will be cutting and getting rid of a lot of veteran players this offseason. They've already started doing it.

Posted by: dfbovey | February 13, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

wright worked under former skins s&c coach dan riley... riley was the skins' s&c coach when they were a winning franchise...

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | February 13, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Joey Porter is washed up. I hate him and would never want him on this team.

Posted by: creepyjackolopeeye | February 14, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

I hope everyone realizes how big of a mistake hiring this guy is. He doesn't have a clue what he is doing. Yes he worked under Dan Riley, who is one of the best strength coaches in the league as I would hope most of yall know seeing as he was our strength coach until he left for the Texans. You would think he learned something from him but the minute that Riley was fired in Houston Wright went a completely different way from what he had learned under Riley. He went back to making players do squats and cleans and snactches messing their backs up big time. He even put what he called an "arm farm" in the weight room that had bails of hay, a scarecrow and stuffed cows in it. Glad to see NFL players are being treated like 10 year olds again. This is not what the Redskins need at all. One of the worst decisions theyve made in a while and theyve made some pretty bad ones

Posted by: psanchez1 | February 14, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Don't make much difference how strong you are so long as you have mush for brains JC17 taking the snaps. You're only as good as your weakest link.

Posted by: Vic1 | February 16, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

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