Monday, January 13, 2014
Bobby Turner, Richard Hightower let go
By John Keim
The Washington Redskins told longtime running backs coach Bobby Turner on Monday that he would not be part of Jay Gruden's staff, a team source confirmed. They also informed special teams assistant coach Richard Hightower, whom many players wanted to succeed Danny Smith a year ago, and assistant offensive line coach Chris Morgan that they would not be retained.
Turner was with Mike Shanahan for 14 seasons in Denver and all four in Washington. He excelled at turning no-names into productive backs in the one-cut stretch zone system. One former coach called him the MVP of the staff for his productivity. What this signals as far as Gruden's offensive system is concerned is uncertain. Gruden said last week that he likes to use all sorts of blocking schemes, some zone and some power. Turner helped turn Alfred Morris from a sixth-round pick into one of the NFL's most productive rushers the past two seasons. Turner has had six different backs rush for at least 1,000 yards.
Hightower spent four seasons in Washington as an assistant, the last two of which were spent helping the secondary and special teams.
The Washington Post reported that the Redskins will retain offensive assistant Aubrey Pleasants.
The team still has not officially named the new coordinators, though the speculation still centers on Sean McVay for offense and Jim Haslett for defense.