When Redskins secondary coach Raheem Morris walks into Raymond James Stadium on Sunday afternoon, hell do as an opposing coach for the first time.Morris climbed the coaching ladder in Tampa, rising from defensive quality control coach in 2002 to head coach seven years later. In 2010, he directed the Buccaneers to a 10-6 record as a 34-year-old but was fired last January after the team stumbled to a 4-12 mark that included some unsightly losses down the stretch.Its always emotional, Morris of returning to the team that gave him his start in the pros. But its not really weird. You dont want to win any more. I dont think thats any more motivation.Theres no ill will, he added. They helped me and developed me throughout my professional career. I can still talk to ownership, management, whoever I need to.But after saying his hellos at the stadium, Morris said hell immediately get to the task at hand: turning around a Redskins secondary thats yielded 300 or more passing yards in each game this season not to mention a league-worst 10 passing touchdowns.Really, those things are put away, said of the friendships he forged over the years in Tampa. Right now, its about getting our secondary to be the best that we can be. We have to play better obviously. Weve had had two back-to-back games where we were subpar.He added: We have to eliminate those big plays. Thats about players being accountable for themselves. Were playing great up front. Were playing great at the linebacker position. If we can get the secondary to play a little bit better, well be a great football team and we know that.
Well it looks like the name many considered to be the Redskins top choice at defensive coordinator is off the market. Adam Schefter broke the news of Gus Bradley to the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Redskins interviewed Bradley early in their process of selecting a new defensive coordinator. His latest gig ended poorly after he was fired as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, but Bradley's best success came as defensive coordinator with the Seattle Seahawks.
When he served in that role with Seattle, Bradley worked with Scot McCloughan. And prior to his coaching stint in Seattle, Bradley coached in Tampa, where he worked with both Bruce Allen and Jay Gruden.
Those connections, and his success in Seattle, had many fans hoping Bradley would take over for Joe Barry, who Washington dismissed more than two weeks ago.
The connection between Bradley and the Chargers comes as no surprise, and it leaves Washington still in need of a defensive boss.
Mike Pettine probably jumps to the top of the ranks of other coaches the Redskins have interviewed, but it still seems internal candidate Greg Manusky could be in position to move up to coordinator. Manusky spent the 2016 season as outside linebackers coach and has prior coordinator experience.
The Skins have also interviewed Dennis Thurman, last of Buffalo, Jason Tarver, last of San Francisco, Rob Ryan, also last in Buffalo, and John Pagano, last with the Chargers.
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The Redskins are reported to have a new quarterbacks coach. Normally that is not news that moves the needle much but if the report proves to be accurate the move has some big implications for the Redskins coaching staff.
First, about the coach. Kevin O’Connell was most recently an offensive assistant with the 49ers. Prior to that he was a quarterback who spent time with the Patriots, who drafted him out of San Diego State in the third round in 2008, Lions, Jets, Dolphins, and Chargers. He only saw the field the Patriots and he attempted just six passes. His addition as the Redskins’ quarterbacks coach was reported by Fox Sports.
SOURCE: Kevin O’Connell expected to become the Washington Redskins new QB coach.. He was in the mix for college co-OC jobs.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 20, 2017
The thing is, the Redskins don’t officially have an opening for a quarterbacks coach. The job is held by Matt Cavanaugh. However, the Redskins do need an offensive coordinator since Sean McVay left last week to become the head coach of the Rams. Moving Cavanaugh, who played quarterback in the NFL for 13 seasons before starting a 23-year career in coaching, to offensive coordinator, seems to be the logical move to make to many.
If O’Connell’s addition to the staff does indeed become a reality, that would all but confirm that Cavanaugh is getting the promotion. Nothing is official until it’s official but this seems to be the way things are heading.
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