Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Sean McVay becomes new OC
By John Keim
It was expected and now it's done. The Washington Redskins have elevated Sean McVay to offensive coordinator for new coach Jay Gruden.
McVay signed his new contract, according to his agent, Bob LaMonte (who also represents Gruden). McVay and Gruden are tight, but general manager Bruce Allen wanted to keep McVay around regardless of who he hired as head coach. McVay, who was the Redskins' tight ends coach for the past three seasons, turns 28 on Jan. 24. But players have praised him the past couple seasons because of his knowledge of the offense and for the way he relates to players. McVay coached with Gruden for one season in Tampa Bay, and one in the United Football League.
Gruden has said he wants to call plays, so McVay's primary task could be to mostly help formulate the game plan and run meetings when Gruden is unavailable. There has been no official announcement about Gruden's new defensive coordinator, but it is widely expected to be Jim Haslett.
Also, ESPN980's Chris Russell reported that Cleveland's outside linebackers coach Brian Baker will be hired in the same capacity in Washington. Baker has coached since 1996 for seven different teams. Baker coached for three seasons with Haslett in St. Louis. If Baker indeed is hired, it would be only the second defensive position coach hired with ties to Haslett since he joined the Redskins in 2010.