The Washington Redskins have hired Ray Wright to be the team's new strength and conditioning coach.
Wright held the same position with the Houston Texans last year, and worked with several coaches who were hired to Mike Shanahan's staff, including Shanahan's son Kyle.
Wright was mentored by the legendary Dan Riley who was the strength and conditioning coach with the Redskins during Joe Gibbs' first tenure with the 'Skins.
Riley was in Houston with Charley Casserly, and for seven years Wright worked under Riley.
Here's what Wright brought to the table in Houston (courtesy of the official Redskins Blog):
• A focus on muscle isolation instead of just gaining strength to stay healthy
• A concept called muscle confusion
• A re-designed weight room with more free weight stations and fewer machines
• A focus on football movements
• Yoga and Jiu Jitsu classes to increase flexibility
• A change in warm up routines
Mike Shanahan made the following statement in a press release:
"The position of strength and conditioning coach demands a combination of youth and experience, and Ray delivers on both of those. He has had learned from some of the best in the business, and he has incorporated their teachings into his own philosophies. We expect him to bring out the most from our players, starting with their offseason conditioning and continuing through the entire season."
Bill Romanowski had been rumored as the leading candidate for the job and even reported scoring an interview via his twitter feed. However, I'm sure his previous involvement in steroid rings hurt his chances.
Hopefully, the 'Skins were never serious about signing the guy because it would have looked bad for the organization.