Despite a defense that had a particularly bad season in 2013, the Redskins are bringing back many of defensive coaches for the 2014 season. One of the worst kept secrets in Washington was confirmed today when the team announced they would retain defensive backs coach Raheem Morris and Jacob Burney as defensive line coach. In addition to keeping Morris and Burney, the Redskins confirmed the hiring of Kirk Olivadotti as inside linebackers coach.
Many experts point to salary cap restrictions and awful special teams as big parts of the Redskins 2013 defensive struggles. The unit was on the field too much this past season, stuck with a staggering offense that turned the ball over too much. Still, it is a bit strange to see a 3-13 team with a coaching change keep so many of it's assistant coaches in place.
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Most fans are familiar with Morris and Burney, while Olivadotti comes from the college ranks. From 2011-2013 Olivadotti coached linebackers at the University of Georgia, but prior to that, he worked with the Skins for more than a decade. His Redskins career began with as a defensive quality control coach in 2000, and he worked his way up to linebackers coach in 2007.
Familiarity with Redskins general manager Bruce Allen seems a running theme with many of the team's new hires, as well as the assistants retained by the team.