Washington Redskins: Jacob Burney

Redskins coaching scorecard

January, 26, 2014
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Now that the Redskins have hired a running backs coach, the primary spots on Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden's staff have been filled. Gruden's staff will include several holdovers, including Sean McVay (promoted from tight ends coach to offensive coordinator), Chris Foerster (offensive line), Jacob Burney (defensive line), Raheem Morris (secondary) and Jim Haslett (defensive coordinator). Here's an updated list:

Head coach: Jay Gruden

Offensive coordinator: Sean McVay

McVay is highly respected by his players and comes across as older than his 27 years. He won't call plays, so he'll be able to ease into this position. Still, it's a lot of responsibility and there will be a transition and learning period. There always is.

Quarterbacks: McVay

McVay told ESPN that he would be coaching the quarterbacks. Gruden, who played quarterback in college and professionally, will be involved here as well. The Redskins could always opt for an assistant quarterbacks coach to provide a little more help if desired. McVay's coordinating duties aren't as demanding as they would be in some other situations because of Gruden's involvement and the fact that the head coach will call the plays. It gives McVay more time to coach a position.

Running backs: Randy Jordan

Don't know a lot about him other than he played in the NFL for nine seasons and spent five years in the Raiders organization when Bruce Allen worked in Oakland. But Jordan has been a college coach since 2004.

Wide receivers: Ike Hilliard

He coached the receivers for one season and the players seemed to like him, but the Redskins let him go after the 2012 season. The Bills let him go in December after his only season in Buffalo.

Tight ends: Wes Phillips

He was considered a solid, hard-working coach in Dallas. It was telling that Jason Garrett kept Phillips around even after his dad, Wade, was fired as head coach. McVay coached this position the past three years.

Offensive line: Chris Foerster

He has experience in different blocking schemes, though he works best in the zone blocking system. Players have spoken highly of him over the years. His lines the past couple of years have not been the most talented individually, but still had more success than anticipated. We don't know how much the young linemen have developed or if any will be future starters (but keep in mind that Joe Bugel did not develop any young players in his second stint in Washington either. Just some perspective.).

Defensive coordinator: Jim Haslett

When Mike Shanahan was fired, even Haslett anticipated his fate would be similar. But the front office viewed him far differently than fans did. The defense, in terms of yards allowed per game, improved (they ranked ninth in yards per game from Weeks 4-17. However, the points per game did not get a lot better. It wasn't great even when accounting for points off turnovers and returns for touchdowns). Shanahan had a big hand in the defense, from hiring the staff to the players to game plans and play calls. It was his right, of course, but this is why the front office absolved Haslett of more blame. And the front office felt keeping Haslett, a former head coach, would be beneficial to a first-time head coach, one with whom he has a relationship. Gruden agrees with this as well. But it's now time for this defense to finally produce at a greater and more consistent level.

Defensive line: Jacob Burney

He's helped Barry Cofield become a solid nose tackle and the front has been solid against the run; I like how Chris Baker has developed, but Jarvis Jenkins has not done enough in the pass game. Overall, the pass rush needs to improve.

Inside linebackers: Kirk Olivadotti

Had a great reputation when he was here the first time around. This is an excellent hire, but he will be limited to just working with the inside linebackers. He worked with Perry Riley as a rookie and will have another starter to train inside with the loss of London Fletcher.

Outside linebackers: Brian Baker

Don't know a whole lot about him other than he's a veteran coach who has worked with Haslett in the past. He's coached linebackers in three of his 17 NFL seasons, serving as Cleveland's outside linebackers coach last season, but he played linebacker at the University of Maryland. Cleveland's linebackers did not produce as hoped. Dallas did not retain him after the 2012 season when it changed coordinators. His last three seasons have been spent in a 3-4 scheme.

Secondary: Raheem Morris

Energetic and enthusiastic. I'm sure he felt he'd be someone's coordinator by now, but he'll instead enter his third season as Washington's secondary coach. It's not as if the secondary play the past two years would have helped him land a coordinator's job. That's not all on him, however, as there's little doubt they have to upgrade the talent base. And what matters is this: general manager Bruce Allen wanted to keep him around. Fletcher gave him a strong endorsement on Twitter after Gruden was hired.

Special teams: Ben Kotwica

Have heard good things from people who used to work with him. In New York he had to replace a legendary coach in Mike Westhoff. That won't be the case in Washington so those players who remain from last year will be more eager to buy what he's selling.

Redskins announce three coaching hires

January, 16, 2014
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The Redskins made it official with three more members of Jay Gruden's staff, none of which were surprises.

They re-hired Kirk Olivadotti to be their inside linebackers coach, as was reported Wednesday night. They also announced that Raheem Morris (secondary) and Jacob Burney (defensive line) will return in their same roles, as expected.

This will be Olivadotti's second stint with Washington. He started as a quality control coach in 2000 and worked his way up, also coaching the defensive line and linebackers, over 11 seasons. He spent the past three years coaching the linebackers at the University of Georgia.

Morris will enter his third season coaching the Redskins' secondary while Burney returns for his fifth season coaching the defensive front.

The Redskins also had Wes Phillips in for an interview to be their tight ends coach Thursday, but no official announcement had been made as of late afternoon.

Jay Gruden undecided on coordinators

January, 9, 2014
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ASHBURN, Va. -- Jay Gruden's familiarity with several coaches on the Washington Redskins' staff helped make the job attractive. But, while it's likely that his future coordinators already are in the building, he's still going to interview other coaches for those positions.

The leading candidates to be the coordinators are thought to be Sean McVay (offense) and Jim Haslett (defense). Both are holdovers from the previous regime -- and both have ties to Gruden, having coached with him in the United Football League. Gruden said later Thursday that he greatly respects both. Because Gruden said he will call plays, it would be a surprise if McVay, who turns 28 later this month, wasn't elevated from tight ends coach. Also, Gruden said he wants to stick with a 3-4 defense, which Haslett has coached for four seasons here and two others in Pittsburgh.

But he also wasn't ready to name his coordinators just yet.

“We'll go through the process,” Gruden said. “There are a lot of great coaches out there.”

The Redskins also retained secondary coach Raheem Morris, who worked with Gruden in Tampa Bay for four seasons. But Morris fired Gruden when he took over as head coach in 2009, though it would still be a surprise if he wasn't retained considering he's well-liked by general manager Bruce Allen. Washington also has holdovers in running-backs coach Bobby Turner, offensive-line coach Chris Foerster, defensive-line coach Jacob Burney and assistant special-teams coach Richard Hightower.

“I will interview a lot of coaches,” Gruden said. “I'll look at each coach that has been retained by Bruce [Allen] and interview everybody. I know a lot of coaches here that can coach. There are also good football people across the country looking to work and work for the Redskins. I've had 350 texts from great coaches looking to coach. I don't think finding a great coach and coaching staff will be difficult as it will be finding the right ones.”

It helps the Redskins that only two other teams have filled their coaching vacancies and four others remain.

“The good part about getting our coach now is, his phone is blowing up with people ready to coach who are available now,” Allen said.

Seven Redskins assistants remain

December, 30, 2013
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ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins retained seven assistant coaches, though their status could change in the next few weeks depending on whoever is hired as the new coach. It's common for teams to keep assistants around before a new coach is hired, partly to compile player evaluations.

Those who are still around: defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, secondary coach Raheem Morris, defensive line coach Jacob Burney, offensive line coach Chris Foerster, assistant offensive line coach Chris Morgan, running backs coach Bobby Turner and tight ends coach Sean McVay. It's possible that a couple of these coaches stick around with a new regime.

The assistants who were fired Monday, along with coach Mike Shanahan: offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, special teams coach Keith Burns, advance scout Larry Coyer, quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur, coaching assistant Richmond Flowers and receivers coach Mike McDaniel, linebackers coach Bob Slowik and defensive assistant Bobby Slowik.

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