Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Coaching staff check-ins
By Paul Kuharsky
Checking in on the coaching staffs around the division…
Wade Phillips replaced Frank Bush as defensive coordinator. Vance Joseph replaced David Gibbs as secondary coach. Reggie Herring interviews today and is the top candidate to replace Johnny Holland as linebackers coach. Assistant offensive line coach Bruce Matthews is not signed for 2011 and is talking to Dallas.
Gene Huey was fired as running back coach after 19 years with the franchise. We’ve heard nothing about the potential for further changes or about who could be in line to replace Huey.
The staff remains intact as Jack Del Rio predicted it would, largely because the team declined to give St. Louis permission to talk with offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter about the same post with a more secure deal. After they signed defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, the assistants have one year remaining, Jack Del Rio has two.
Jim Washburn left to take over the defensive line in Philadelphia. Jeff Fisher, a lame duck, will now have to lure a replacement with just a one-year deal. Mike Heimerdinger is the only assistant under contract. Fisher hopes to have his staff together by week’s end. It’s unclear if there will be any further shuffling and no one will get a contract longer than his.