Mike Shanahan waiting to make decisions on coaching staff

January 8, 2013

Mike Shanahan hasn’t decided whether he will make changes to his coaching staff. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said he will allow some time to pass before he decides whether to make changes on his coaching staff.

Shanahan and his staff guided the Redskins to a 10-6 record – the best since they came to Washington in 2010 – and the NFC East title.

The Redskins’ offense – under coordinator Kyle Shanahan, running backs coach/associate head coach Bobby Turner, quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur, offensive line coach Chris Foerster, his assistant Chris Morgan, tight ends coach Sean McVay, receivers coach Ike Hilliard, and offensive assistants Richmond Flowers and Mike McDaniel – made significant strides in 2012, going from 16th in the league in 2011 to fifth overall this season.

Defensively, the unit led by coordinator Jim Haslett – as well as defensive line coach Jacob Burney, linebackers coach Bob Slowik, defensive backs coach Raheem Morris and defensive assistants Richard Hightower and Bobby Slowik – struggled in the first half of the season, but made a dramatic turnaround in the final seven games of the year.

Danny Smith’s special teams units were typically solid in coverage, and Washington finally found stability at placekicker with the signing of Kai Forbath.

But Shanahan wasn’t ready Monday to make any decisions on his coaches’ futures.

“I don’t talk about the players or coaches for a while. It’s part of the evaluation process. … You can talk about the coaches. You always want your coaches to, hopefully, if they’re interested in a head coaching job or they’re offered a head coaching job or if you have an assistant that might be offered a coordinator’s job, sometimes I’ve entertained that in the past even if they’re under contract, because you want the best for them. Other times, you get a top assistant that you’re paying pretty good money to and you made a commitment to them and you want them to stay even though a coordinator’s job may be offered. There’s a lot of things that go on in the offseason with coaching staffs and the players – the free agents. You’re always trying to do what’s best for the organization, sometimes what’s best for the person as well, if they’ve made a commitment to you.”

Shanahan made some changes to his staff after last season’s 5-11 campaign. He fired safeties coach Steve Jackson and receivers coach Keenan McCardell and re-assigned Bob Slowik from cornerbacks to linebackers after Lou Spanos departed for the defensive coordinator position at UCLA. Shanahan also hired Morris, who had been fired as head coach of Tampa Bay. Shanahan made those moves roughly two weeks after the 2011 season ended. In the final week of January, he hired Hilliard.

Kyle Shanahan and Haslett are expected to draw some interest from teams for head coaching positions. But on Monday, when Shanahan was asked whether any teams had requested to interview his assistants, he said: “Not that I know of at this time.”

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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