Updated, 12:25 p.m.: Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett is expected to remain on the coaching staff of the Washington Redskins’ newly hired coach, Jay Gruden, a person familiar with the team’s deliberations said Thursday.
Haslett is likely to retain the title of defensive coordinator. Haslett previously worked with Gruden in the United Football League and remains under contract to the Redskins.
He was not fired when the Redskins dismissed former coach Mike Shanahan and much of Shanahan’s staff. General Manager Bruce Allen said at the time that the team’s new coach would determine the status of those coaches not immediately fired.
Raheem Morris is expected to remain on staff, possibly having a larger role in directing the defense. His contract expires in February, but a person close the situation expected that new deal to be finalized soon.
Tight ends coach Sean McVay will remain on Gruden’s staff and McVay will be promoted to offensive coordinator. He worked with Gruden in the UFL and with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. People familiar with the situation believe that by retaining McVay, who was already responsible for third-down package planning in the offense, the Redskins will help ensure a smoother transition for Robert Griffin III.
Bengals assistant Hue Jackson won’t join Gruden in Washington but likely will be elevated to offensive coordinator in Cincinnati to replace Gruden.
Gruden’s agent, Bob LaMonte, said Gruden’s ties to members of the organization and his desire to work with Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III also were major factors in deciding to accept the job.
“He had an existing relationship with Bruce,” LaMonte said in a telephone interview. “He had an existing relationship with Haslett. He had an existing relationship with McVay. That certainly played into it. He was intrigued by the talent of the quarterback.”
Longtime Redskins linebacker London Fletcher began lobbying for Morris via Twitter.
I think Morris as DC would be great choice! Brings energy & excitement! Would feel pretty good about HC, DC, & OC then!
— London Fletcher (@LFletcher59) January 9, 2014
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