January 14, 2010

Spanos Added To Defensive Staff, Blache Retires

Lou Spanos has left the confines of Heinz Field after accepting the an offer from the Redskins to be a linebackers coach under new defensive coordinator, Jim Haslett.

Spanos, a Pittsburgh Steelers defensive assistant for 15 years, has coached some of the best LBs in the business. He has worked with Joey Porter, Levon Kirkland, Jason Gildon, James Harrison, LaMarr Woodley, James Farrior, Clark Haggans and many others.

Much of the Steelers success has depended upon their linebackers, and Spanos has been instrumental in those linebackers' development. I can't recall many times where Pittsburgh struggled on defense especially at the linebacker position.

This is another solid move if the 'Skins are indeed looking to revert to the 3-4. The linebackers will need experienced guidance in making this switch, and no one better qualified than Spanos.

Here's a Steeler fan's perspective on the loss of Spanos.

And check out some of my analysis on the 3-4 personnel the 'Skins have and what they will need.

Also, last year's not-so-defensive coordinator, Greg Blache, retired today.

Blache was a major reason for the Redskins tentative, conservative looks on defense. This approach ultimately frustrated many of the players as they felt Blache was making them fit his system rather than forming a system around what suited them best.


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Steelers are big looser, how they can lost Spanos:(

Jack said...

I was surprised to see him leave, but I can't say it's not good for the Redskins.

The linebackers will benefit bigtime.