Head Coach Jay Gruden put the final touches on his coaching staff today. Below is the Washington Redskins coaching staff.
Washington Redskins Coaches
|Jay Gruden||Head Coach|
|Sean McVay||Offensive Coordinator|
|Jim Haslett||Defensive Coordinator|
|Ben Kotwica||Special Teams Coordinator|
|Bradford Banta||Special Teams Assistant|
|Jacob Burney||Defensive Line Coach|
|Chris Foerster||Offensive Line Coach|
|Raheem Morris||Defensive Backs Coach|
|Randy Johnson||Running Backs Coach|
|Ike Hilliard||Wide Receivers Coach|
|Kirk Olivadotti||Inside Linebackers Coach|
|Brian Baker||Outside Linebackers Coach|
|Aubrey Pleasant||Offensive Assistant|
|Shane Day||Assistance Offensive Line/Quality Control|
|Jake Peetz||Assistant Offensive Quality Control|
|Ray Wright||Head Strength & Conditioning|
|Chad Englehart||Assistant Strength & Conditioning|
|Paul Kelly||Direct of Football Operations|
|Malcolm Blacken||Director of Player Development|
We all know what happened last season. The Redskins failed to improve their 10–6 record from 2012, and closed the regular season play holding a shameful 3–13 record. The team not only disappointed fans and bettors all over the country, but it also set the worst record since 1994, which resulted in the firing of head coach Mike Shanahan and most of his staff.
The Skins had a tremendous preseason, closing the 4-game play undefeated for the first time since 1985, and with the much-anticipated return of quarterback Robert Griffin III, the team was considered by many as a plausible candidate to take the NFC and make it to Super Bowl XLVIII, even when it opened the season listed at +4000 or even higher (45 to 1 on the online betting site SBO.ag).
Jay Gruden was just announced as the Redskins head coach taking over a 3-13 team that experienced a lot of drama this season. It didn’t take long for questions about the drama to arise. He seems like a straight shooter and addresses several things in his presser. He basically said he didn’t pay attention to the drama because he was focused on the Bengals. He said he doesn’t care about what happened this season and that he is looking forward and not backward.
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Of course he started by acknowledging and thanking family members, Dan Snyder, and Bruce Allen.
He talked about this opportunity being a good one with an owner and GM that are concerned more with winning and providing the resources to do it. He also talked about how it’s about the fans, coaches and players and working as hard as he can to put a competitive team on the field.
He talked about wanting to work with Robert Griffin III and how he sees all of the characteristics in him to be a great QB. He mentioned how he will do his best to put him position to succeed and the hard work he will expect from. He talked about how if RGIII doesn’t like a play that he won’t call it.
He mentioned that he hasn’t made any decisions on his staff and that there are a lot of good coaches out looking for work. He even stated he received over 350 text messages from coaches looking to work with him.
He talked about how he likes zone blocking, power blocking and the read-option. Basically, he said if it works, he likes it. He felt that there is a good nucleus here on the offensive side of the ball and that he would like to stick with the 3-4 on the defense. I’m sure a lot of fans didn’t like hearing that though.
He mentioned how decision on players will be a group process and that everyone won’t agree but they’ll come to a decision because everyone has the same goal in mind.
The Redskins are expected to announce Jay Grugen as the next Redskins head coach. Gruden was the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals. He was also the favorite of GM Bruce Allen. Gruden will have to decide what to do with the coaches that remained. Rumors are circulating that Haslett or Morris could be the defensive coordinator. I’m not liking any of those rumors.
The Redskins 2014 opponents have been set. The Redskins will have home against the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaquars, and Tennessee Titans.
The Redskins will play road games against the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49′ers, Minnesota Vikings, Houston Texans, and Indianapolis Colts.