January 28, 2010

Done Deal: McCardell's Hiring Completes Coaching Staff

Well, that was fast.

Keenan McCardell was hired last night to be the Redskins new WRs coach. He is the last major hire for Mike Shanahan's staff.

Unless Shanahan decides to hire quality control coaches, he could very well be completely done with the hiring process.

Rich Tandler has a good piece reviewing the coaching staff and giving a little synopsis of their histories.

As for the staff, I like the setup. A lot of successful coaches that Shanahan has worked with before. And a few who have worked with great players like former Chiefs tight ends coach Jon Embree who worked with the legendary Tony Gonzalez.

My favorite hires: QBs coach Matt LaFleur (worked with Matt Schaub this past season) and LBs coach Lou Spanos (formerly with the Pittsburgh Steelers).

Questionable hire: Retaining safeties coach Steve Jackson. Jackson had an unsuccessful group headed by the disappointing LaRon Landry. Maybe it was due to the poor scheme of former defensive coordinator Greg Blache, but the safeties looked unprepared, out of position, and seemed to lack an awareness of the fundamentals.

I also think the 'Skins might have missed out when they passed on hiring former Giants defensive line coach Mike Waufle. Shanahan went with his former D-line coach from Denver in Jacob Burney, but Waufle certainly had an impressive resume.

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