Commanders add Ryan Kerrigan to coaching staff

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Ryan Kerrigan is returning to Washington.

Kerrigan, the longtime Washington defensive end who retired over the summer, has been hired as the Commanders’ new assistant defensive line coach. Kerrigan had been on the sideline with the Commanders’ coaching staff during the preseason, but until today there had been no official announcement that he had joined the coaching staff.

The 34-year-old Kerrigan was a four-time Pro Bowler and is Washington’s all-time leader with 95.5 career sacks and 26 career forced fumbles.

After 10 seasons in Washington, Kerrigan signed a one-year contract last year with Philadelphia, where he played one final season. Kerrigan became a free agent in March and there were no reports that he ever came close to signing with any team. Theoretically, if the Commanders were to suffer an injury on the defensive line, he could come out of retirement and play for them, but from all appearances he sees playing as his past and coaching as his future.

5 responses to “Commanders add Ryan Kerrigan to coaching staff

  1. FINALLY, a good move in D.C. He’s been a leader in the locker room and mentor to younger players for years. A smart player who everyone in the locker room respects. Good luck to him..and that’s from an Eagles fan.

  2. One of the few good moves my team has ever made! He’s a great teammte and person. Hopefully, he can fix whatever’s wrong with Chase Young and Motez Sweat’s pass rush results!

  3. Now he will move his way up the ranks to be a hot head coaching candidate. Commanders will let him walk, and he will be extremely successful. While the Commanders continue to be terrible with retreads.

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