Redskins announce Spanos hire, retain Olivadotti

We told you a few days back the Redskins hired Lou Spanos, a Steelers assistant for 15 years. 

The team announced the news officially Saturday, adding that the team will retain Kirk Olivadotti as Defensive Assistant.  Spanos will be the team’s linebackers coach.

“[Olivadotti] has made a quick impression on me and I am happy to be able to keep him with our team,” Mike Shanahan said in a statement.

That news will be welcome for Redskins linebackers like Brian Orakpo.  Olivadotti was credited with Orakpo’s development and reportedly is popular among the players.  He will provide some continuity for a defensive staff that is mostly in upheaval.