Stump Is Here
From Jason Reid:
Stump Mitchell has arrived at Redskins Park. Mitchell, Washington's new assistant head coach-running backs, is touring the complex and meeting with coaches.
New coach Jim Zorn told me Mitchell is a good guy, and J La and I have heard that elsewhere, too. I can attest to this first-hand because Mitchell took time to speak with me despite being busy on his first day in town.
"I'm sort of speechless about the opportunity," Mitchell said. "I've come to a franchise that's one of the most outstanding in the league, one that I was kind of in awe of as a player. Just the tradition of the Redskins and everything they've accomplished ... you could definitely say I'm excited."
Mitchell, 48, formerly the Seattle Seahawks' running backs coach, signed a two-year contract to join Zorn, a longtime Seahawks quarterbacks coach, on his first Redskins staff.
Mitchell accepted the position without interviewing in person because he has ties to the area and "I knew what a tremendous job Jim would do bringing outstanding individuals to the staff. When you're talking about a staff, it all starts with mutual respect for one another. You have to be able to lean on one another and trust one another, that's the first thing you need, and I know that's what Jim wants."
The Seahawks' running backs coach since 1999, Mitchell coached at Morgan State in Baltimore from 1996-98. Mitchell is well versed in the West Coast offense Zorn plans to implement and will help teach it to the coaching staff and players.
While with Seattle, Mitchell was heavily involved in diagramming running plays. Zorn plans to lean on Mitchell as well, giving him the freedom to design short-yardage and goal-line plays.
"That's the way we game planned in Seattle," Mitchell said. "It gave me an opportunity to do some of the things I like to do, but every situation is different. I'm going to do whatever Jim wants me to do, that's why I came here, but it's really not about the X's and O's, it's all about the players.
"You don't win football games because of plays, you win football games because of players executing and making plays. What we have to do is to try to put players in position to make plays. I believe the players here have the talent to be successful, and we're going to work hard to help them perform at their best."
Sherman Smith, the Tennessee Titans' assistant head coach-offense, is expected to decide today if he will accept the Redskins' offensive coordinator position. As with Mitchell, Smith has strong ties to Zorn.
"I haven't coached with coach Smith, but I know he has an excellent reputation as a teacher," Mitchell said. "Jim wants to have people around him who can teach because that's the most important thing when you're trying to help players improve."
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