January 20, 2010

Shanahan in the Process of Putting Finishing Touches On Staff

Mike Shanahan is well on his way to filling out the Redskins coaching staff after a busy day yesterday in which several names were let go.

Offensive assistant Chris Meidt was dumped yesterday along with tight ends coach Scott Wachenheim, receivers coach Stan Hixon, secondary coach Jerry Gray, and defensive line coach John Palermo.

They join offensive coordinator Sherman Smith and running backs coach Stump Mitchell as members of former head coach Jim Zorn's staff that were not retained by Shanahan.

Shanahan has reportedly brought in Jacob Burney to replace Palermo as D-line coach. Burney coached with Shanny in Denver. Mike Waufle, the former Giants D-line coach, apparently never got linked to the 'Skins job again, and is now interviewing in Oakland for their D-line coaching spot.

Meanwhile, the 'Skins decided to keep safeties coach Steve Jackson, special teams coach Danny Smith (who several teams tried to interview, but the 'Skins wouldn't allow it), and linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti (who will work with the newly hired Lou Spanos).

Gray decided to leave DC for a position as the secondary coach in Seattle. His status with the 'Skins seemed to change everyday since the end of the year. One day it looked like he would stay, the next there were rumors about him taking a number of jobs on other teams.

Gray was involved in a mini-controversy when he interviewed for the Redskins head coaching job during the season while Jim Zorn was still the head coach. Not only was it an unprofessional move, but it also drew criticism from the media because it was believed the Redskins only interviewed Gray to fulfill the Rooney Rule, which mandates that a team must interview a minority candidate for a head coaching vacancy.

So the Redskins have all their top coaches and coordinators set. They still need a secondary coach for the defense, and on offense they are missing several position coaches. Here's a look at the current state of the coaching staff.

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