Coaching Updates: Staff coming together

January 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Head Coach: Mike Shanahan (signed)/No job in 2009/ Head Coach Denver Broncos

Offensive Coordinator: Kyle Shanahan (signed) /Offensive coordinator Houston Texans

Defensive Coordinator: Jim Haslett (signed) /Head Coach Orlando Tuskers-UFL/Interim Head coach St. Louis Rams

Quarterback: Matt LaFleur (signed) /Offensive Assistant Houston Texans 2009

Runningback: Bobby Turner (signed)/ Runningbacks coach Broncos 2009

Widereciever: Maurice Mann (rumored/interviewed)/ Widerecievers coach Tampa Bay Bucs 2009

Tightend: Jon Embree (signed)/ TE coach for the Kansas City Chiefs

Offensive line: Tom Cable (rumored) 2009 Raiders head coach

Defensive line: Jacob Burney (signed) Former Broncos DL coach

Linebackers: Lou Spanos (signed) Defensive Assistant Steelers 2009

Defensive Assistant: Kirk Olivadotti (signed) Redskins Linebackers Coach 2009

Defensivebacks: Bob Slowik (rumored) former Broncos DC

Safeties: Steven Jackson (Rumored to stay) Safeties coach Redskins 2009

Special Teams: Danny Smith (Rumored to stay) SP coach Redskins 2009

News Releases:

 The Washington Redskins today named Kyle Shanahan offensive coordinator, Matt LaFleur quarterbacks coach and Jon Embree tight ends coach.

Shanahan spent the previous four seasons with the Houston Texans, the final two as the team’s offensive coordinator. Under Shanahan’s direction, the 2009 Texans led the National Football League in passing (4,654 yards) and ranked fourth in total offense (6,129 yards), both of which were franchise records. The Texans also set a franchise high touchdown passes (29). With Shanahan calling the plays, quarterback Matt Schaub and wide receiver Andre Johnson formed one of the league’s most dangerous tandems, with Schaub leading the NFL in completions (396), attempts (583), and passing yards (4,776) and Johnson ranking first in receiving yards (1,569) and third in receptions (101). Both Schaub and Johnson were selected for the 2010 Pro Bowl.

LaFleur spent the last two seasons as Offensive Assistant for the Houston Texans. Last season, LaFleur assisted Kyle Shanahan with the Texans’ quarterbacks. Matt Schaub led the NFL in 2009 with 4,770 passing yards and 396 completions, and was fifth with 29 touchdowns and seventh with a 98.6 passer rating. Under their guidance, Houston’s offense finished first in the NFL in passing (4,654 yards) and fourth in total offense (6,129 yards).

LaFleur worked with the wide receivers in his first season in Houston. That year, Andre Johnson led the NFL with 115 catches and 1,575 receiving yards. In addition, fellow receiver Kevin Walter chipped in 60 catches for 899 yards and eight touchdowns.

Embree, who most recently served as the Kansas City Chiefs tight ends coach from 2006-2008, comes to Washington with 17 years of coaching experience at the NFL and college level. While in Kansas City, he worked with All-Pro Tight End Tony Gonzalez who made the Pro Bowl each year during Embree’s tenure. In 2007, Gonzalez led all NFL tight ends with 99 catches for 1,172 yards, accounting for 38.6 percent of the club’s receiving yards and 37.3 percent of their receptions that season.

In 2007, Burney coached a Denver defensive line that led the AFC (T-2nd in the NFL) with nine takeaways as his group totaled seven fumble recoveries and two interceptions. Dumervil continued his improvement under Burney, tying for sixth in the NFL with 12.5 sacks (most by a Bronco in eight seasons) and tying for the league lead in takeaways (4) among defensive linemen.

Redskins Secondary coach Jerry Gray leaves for the Seattle Seahawks

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Roster review continued: special teams whos staying whos going

January 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Graham Gano: Stays: I believe that eventhough he hasn’t been with the Redskins long he proved enough that he has earned the right to stay and fight it out in the preseason. It’s up to his ability (which he has alot of) if he is our starting kicker next year.

Hunter Smith: Stays: his ability for trick plays won’t keep him here, but his consistency will, he was injured this year so I will give him another chance, expect him to be back to pro bowl form next year.

Ethan Albright: Goes: he is a great Redskin but this is a rebuilding team and I expect him to retire and for us to pick up a young undrafted free agent to hopefully continue the solid long snapper play.

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Redskins continue staff creation

January 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Today the Washington Redskins made the hiring of Lou Spanos as the new linebackers coach official. Spanos who was a defensive assistant with the Steelers comes to us with a wealth of experience including coaching many probowlers and serving with the steelers for there last 3 Superbowls. But when I saw this signing what really caught my eye was that he clearly has the experience with the 3-4 defense. This is another sign that our team will most likely change to a 3-4. I believe that Spanos was brought in to teach our linebackers the techniques of the 3-4 which has an emphasis on speed and greater coverage ability. He has his work ahead of him with our set of young and old linebackers. Further coaching announcements are expected next week. Come to DC sports talk for the up to date DC news.

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More Coaching rumors updated

January 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Head Coach: Mike Shanahan (signed)/No job in 2009/ Head Coach Denver Broncos

Offensive Coordinator: Kyle Shanahan (signed) /Offensive coordinator Houston Texans

Defensive Coordinator: Jim Haslett (signed) /Head Coach Orlando Tuskers-UFL/Interim Head coach St. Louis Rams

Quarterback: Chris Meidt (rumored) /Offensive assistant Redskins 2009

Runningback: Bobby Turner (signed)/ Runningbacks coach Broncos 2009

Widereciever: Maurice Mann (rumored/interviewed)/ Widerecievers coach Tampa Bay Bucs 2009

Tightend: Scott Wachenheim (rumored to stay)/ Tightends coach Redskins 2009

Offensive line: Unconfirmed

Defensive line: Mike Waufle (rumored/interviewed) Defensive Line coach Giants 2009/ Tim Krumrie (rumored) Defensive Assistant Chiefs 2009

Linebackers: Lou Spanos (signed) Defensive Assistant Steelers 2009

Assistant Linebackers: Kirk Olivadotti (rumored)

Defensivebacks: Jerry Gray (interviewed/rumored to stay) DB coach Redskins 2009/ Bob Slowik (rumored)

Safeties: Steven Jackson (Rumored to stay) Safeties coach Redskins 2009

Special Teams: Danny Smith (Rumored to stay) SP coach Redskins 2009

New Rumor: Texans offensive assistant Matt LaFleur is interviewing for a job with the Washington Redskins. LaFleur spent his two seasons with the Texans assisting with the receivers in 2008 and the quarterbacks in 2009. LaFleur, 29, worked closely with former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who resigned to accept the same position with his father, new Redskins coach Mike Shanahan.

Other news:

Redskins Official press release:

The Washington Redskins announced today they have named Jim Haslett as their defensive coordinator.

Haslett is a veteran of 24 NFL seasons, including eight as a player, nine as an assistant coach and seven as a head coach. He previously served as defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints in 1996, the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1997-99, and the St. Louis Rams in 2006, 2007 and for the first four games of 2008 before being elevated to head coach. Haslett spent last season coaching the UFL’s Florida Tuskers, which he led to a perfect 6-0 regular season record and a championship game appearance.

“I have a great deal of respect for what Jim has done in this league,” Redskins Executive Vice President/Head Coach Mike Shanahan said. “He is one of the game’s sharpest defensive minds and has a great passion for the sport. He will be instrumental to our success in Washington.”

Haslett replaces Greg Blache, who retired following 22 seasons as an NFL assistant, including the last six with the Redskins.

“Greg Blache has been integral to the success of the Redskins defense over the last two years, and I regret that I won’t be able to work with him,” Shanahan said. “We’ll miss his discipline, his loyalty, and his consistency, and wish all the best to Greg and his family in his retirement.”

Haslett’s first head coaching stint came in New Orleans from 2000-05. The Saints were 42-38 over his first five seasons, including one NFC West Championship, with just one losing season (7-9 in 2001). He was a unanimous selection as Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year in 2000, when he led the Saints to the first playoff victory in franchise history. He was also honored as NFL Coach of the Year by The Sporting News and Pro Football Weekly, among others.

Prior to becoming the Saints’ head coach, Haslett made his mark as defensive coordinator in Pittsburgh, where he helped the Steelers win the AFC Central division in 1997. In his three years there, Haslett guided his defense to NFL rankings of sixth, 12th, and 11th, respectively. The units were particularly stout against the run, leading the league twice, and finishing third once, in rushing yards allowed per attempt. Linebacker Chad Brown, linebacker Levon Kirkland (twice), safety Carnell Lake (twice), defensive tackle Joel Steed and cornerback Rod Woodson all earned Pro Bowl selections under Haslett’s watch.

Haslett began his NFL coaching career as the Los Angeles Raiders’ linebacker coach in 1993. After two seasons there, he took the same role in New Orleans in 1996, before being promoted to defensive coordinator in 1997. Haslett also served as defensive coordinator for the WLAF’s Sacramento Surge (1991-92) and the University at Buffalo (1989-90), where he joined the coaching profession in 1988 as linebackers coach.

Haslett originally entered the NFL as a second-round draft choice of the Buffalo Bills in 1979. As an inside linebacker, he would go on to win Associate Press Defensive Rookie of the Year that season and followed it up with an All-Pro selection in 1980. He played seven seasons for the Bills (1979-85) before finishing his career with the New York Jets in 1987.

  I will have thoughts on the affect of this move and the 3-4 tomorrow

  

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Arenas charged with a felony

January 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas was charged Thursday with felony gun possession, a crime that carries a maximum five years in jail and a fine, authorities said.

The charge was announced Thursday afternoon by the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District.

Arenas’s attorney and prosecutors had been negotiating a plea deal during the day and it was not immediately clear whether the filing of charges was a part of the deal. Court officials said they had been told to prepare to have Arenas in Superior Court on Friday.

Arenas is expected to reach a plea deal with authorities that would be based around probation and volunteer time, in turn Arenas would avoid jail time. This would at the very least help Arenas have a argument of why the NBA should allow him back in the league, I believe that if he proves that he has learned his lesson the NBA may allow him back in the league in 2011. It is the question in my mind of if the Wizards would allow him back, The Wizards seem to be heading in a completely different direction, but the Wizards are also not so stupid that they don’t notice that there a worse team without Gilbert Arenas. Another aspect is the salary and contract of Gilbert Arenas which can be broken due to the breach of contract.

Here is the Wizards statement:

“We are aware of the charge filed against Gilbert Arenas today and will continue to follow the ongoing legal process very carefully. We will also continue to cooperate fully with the proper authorities and the NBA. Beyond our previous statements on this serious and unfortunate matter, will have no further comment at this time.”

All I know is that Gilbert Arenas will have to do a lot of image rebuilding if he ever wants to get back to the Wizards let alone the NBA.

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Coaching rumors tracked: Updated

January 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Head Coach: Mike Shanahan (signed)/No job in 2009/ Head Coach Denver Broncos

Offensive Coordinator: Kyle Shanahan (signed) /Offensive coordinator Houston Texans

Defensive Coordinator: Jim Haslett (signed) /Head Coach Orlando Tuskers-UFL/Interim Head coach St. Louis Rams

Quarterback: Chris Meidt (rumored) /Offensive assistant Redskins 2009

Runningback: Bobby Turner (signed)/ Runningbacks coach Broncos 2009

Widereciever: Maurice Mann (rumored/interviewed)/ Widerecievers coach Tampa Bay Bucs 2009

Tightend: Scott Wachenheim (rumored to stay)/ Tightends coach Redskins 2009

Offensive line: Unconfirmed

Defensive line: Mike Waufle (rumored/interviewed) Defensive Line coach Giants 2009/ Tim Krumrie (rumored) Defensive Assistant Chiefs 2009

Linebackers: Lou Spanos (signed) Defensive Assistant Steelers 2009

Assistant Linebackers: Kirk Olivadotti (rumored)

Defensivebacks: Jerry Gray (interviewed/rumored to stay) DB coach Redskins 2009/ Bob Slowik (rumored)

Safeties: Steven Jackson (Rumored to stay) Safeties coach Redskins 2009

Special Teams: Danny Smith (Rumored to stay) SP coach Redskins 2009

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Retiring like a true Redskins

January 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Today Joe Bugel retired as a true Redskin. Joe Bugel called it a career after 15 years with the organization. Bugel who is beloved by fans and players alike is considered one of the greatest modern offensive line coaches setting careers like Chris Samuels and Randy Thomas, he put together an offensive line with player that would probably not even make another NFL team. He helped a player like Mike Williams get back into the NFL game after being absent from football for 3 years. I only wish Bugel could have gone out on top instead of leaving after a horrible 2009 season where we went 4-12. Bugel leaves a massive hole for Mike Shanahan to fill, DC sports talk will have up to date info on continued coaching news.

 OTHER NEWS:

Greg Blache followed in Bugel’s footsteps and ended his solid 20 year career as a defensive coordinator. Blache who was critized for his extremly conservative defense had no choice considering Jim Haslett had already signed a deal to be our new Defensive Coordinator. I wish Blache and Bugel luck in there retirement, they deserve a solid beach vocation to Hawaii.

More news coming tomorrow, Including a review on if we should switch to the 3-4 defense, add us to your favorites!

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