- John Keim, ESPN Staff Writer
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Kirk Olivadotti nearly returned a few years ago, but the Washington Redskins opted for someone else, shifting Bob Slowik from secondary coach to linebacker. But Olivadotti is now on his way back, a team source confirmed Wednesday night.
The Macon Telegraph first reported that Olivadotti will rejoin the Redskins' defensive staff, likely having a role coaching the linebackers. Olivadotti spent 11 seasons in Washington, including 2010 with defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. He did a good job grooming outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, for example, in his first two seasons. Olivadotti joined the Redskins in 2000 and survived multiple coaching changes, drawing praise from each new coach. Former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams used to rave about Olivadotti, eventually promoting him from a quality control coach to defensive line and finally linebackers.
Olivadotti spent the past three years coaching the inside linebackers at Georgia.