Redskins coaches expected to return to work this week

Mike Shanahan and the Redskins shift their focus to the draft. (Toni Sandys / The Washington Post)

Mike Shanahan and the Redskins shift their focus to the draft. (Toni Sandys / The Washington Post)

After receiving some time off to rest up from the 2012 NFL season, Redskins coaches are expected to return to work this week and begin offseason evaluation and planning in earnest.

By now, the members of the team’s scouting department have completed their assessments of players, and that information will be passed onto coach Mike Shanahan and his staff. They will then begin determining which players they want to study further and interview at the NFL Scouting Combine, which runs from Feb. 20-26 in Indianapolis.

Decisions on potential free agents, both members of the Redskins and other teams, also must be made.

Redskins players should soon learn whom the team has hired to fill the vacant wide receivers and special teams coaching positions.

Washington has been without a receivers coach since Jan. 17, when Ike Hilliard departed for the same position with the Buffalo Bills. The team then lost long-time special teams coach Danny Smith to the Pittsburgh Steelers last week.

When asked on Jan. 23 at the Senior Bowl about the replacement for Hilliard, Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said the team had yet to fill that opening. Smith’s assistant, Richard Hightower, who joined Washington’s staff in 2010, is popular with players, but there is no indication yet whether he will be promoted.

Three people connected to the team said Monday morning that they hadn’t yet been informed of hires for either coaching vacancy.

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