Thursday, January 12, 2012

Breaking: Redskins Hire One, Fire Two Coaches

(The Redskins new defensive backs coach......for now)
According to multiple media and league sources, the Redskins have hired former Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris to be the Redskins new secondary coach. Morris had met the Redskins for an interview last week and it had been suggested that the Redskins had offered him a position with the team. Morris has ties to the Redskins organization as he worked with Kyle Shanahan and Bruce Allen during their tenures in Tampa Bay.

My guess is that Morris has been brought in to improve upon the development of secondary most importantly the development of younger DBs like a Dejon Gomes, Brandyn Thompson and even LaRon Landry (should he return to the Redskins in 2012). Over the last few years, the Redskins have failed to develop their secondary youth with Chris Horton, Kareem Moore and Justin Tryon all being former draft picks who are no longer on the team.

2011 was a horrible year for the Redskins secondary. DeAngelo Hall was inconsistent and frequently beat for big plays during critical junctures of the game. Josh Wilson also had his struggles and injures but seemed to rebound and play closer to his 2010 form towards the end of the season. Kevin Barnes was non-existent and looks to be joining the group of drafted DBs who aren't going to pan out in Washington. Same can be said of the safeties. Oshiomogho Atogwe and LaRon Landry were non-factors because of injury. Reed Doughty tries to play free safety but is a better fit at the strong position and Dejon Gomes played like a rookie with some flashes of potential and some clear rookie mistakes.

There is a chance that Morris' stay with the Redskins won't last long. He also interviewed for the Vikings defensive coordinator position and according to 106.7 the fan (via John Keim in the above article), he could leave if he is offered the higher position. Right now, this seems to be a shrewd move by the Redskins as they try to make the team better for 2012.

Also, similar sources are reporting that the 'Skins are firing (or in the WP Jason Reid article, they are not getting contract extensions and won't be back next season- thus technically not being fired, just not coming back.) two coaches: safeties coach Steve Jackson and wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell. Jackson makes sense with the problems in the secondary and so does McCardell with limited production by the WR corp. Most importantly little development from the younger players like Anthony Armstrong and Terrence Austin.

No official comments have come from the Redskins at this point.


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