Redskins announce they’re keeping Raheem Morris

AP

Since new head coach Jay Gruden decided to hang onto defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, massive changes on the defensive staff weren’t expected.

But the team announced today that defensive backs coach Raheem Morris was being brought back, along with defensive line coach Jacob Burney and the previously reported return of Kirk Olivadotti to coach inside linebackers.

Morris was well-regarded as a secondary coach prior to being over-promoted into the Buccaneers head coaching job.

Along with the addition of former Browns assistant Brian Baker to coach outside linebackers, the Redskins defensive staff is largely set, unless they add some younger quality control coaches.

18 responses to “Redskins announce they’re keeping Raheem Morris

  1. “Keep doing the same thing and hope for different results.” That’s one definition of insanity, isn’t it? Of course, it’s what McCarthy keeps doing with Capers too, so…

  2. Think it’s a good move to keep Moore, but why keep Haslett. If my Redskins hold on to Haslett, I hope his mind set has changed from last season.

  3. No level of coaching – Bill Belichick included – can hide the horrible personnel that we have at defensive backs. I mean we have a guy named Rambo but he plays like the anti-Rambo 🙂
    Bruce Allen has to do something drastic about this group. Keeps getting the Skins killed during games.

  4. I was not a fan of JH either and was excited about a new DC, but after reading how Shanahan shut out any suggestions of players and personnel and even playcalling, I’m willing to give him 1 year to turn things around. Haslett didn’t want Haynsworth, or a 3-4 defense. Shanahan was a control freak so I believe the stories. Fletcher bad mouthed Haslett because the only thing that Shanahan actually listened to was that 59 was getting slow and showing his age and needed to take some plays off.

  5. brandonofcb says: Jan 16, 2014 5:45 PM

    Haslett didn’t want Haynsworth, or a 3-4 defense. Shanahan was a control freak so I believe the stories. Fletcher bad mouthed Haslett because the only thing that Shanahan actually listened to was that 59 was getting slow and showing his age and needed to take some plays off.
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    I can believe a lot of that, but Haslett has always coached a 3-4, so I’m not totally sure about that one. Moreover, nobody wanted Haynesworth, he was brought in during Jim Zorn’s tenure, and it became obvious, even when he played in the 4-3, that he had come to rob a huge contract from the Redskins and get himself cut (a move he personally admitted to). I think a lot of things can be blamed on Shanahan, but those allegations are both unfair.

    Additionally, whatever Shanny’s authoritarian role, the unfortunate fact is that Fletch was getting old and slow. I don’t think I had ever seen him miss a tackle prior to this season, but he was whiffing all over the field in 2013. That said, I’d love to see him return to the team in some capacity ASAP– even an old and slow Fletch has one of the most brilliant minds anywhere in the league.

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