Jay Gruden did not commit Thursday to keeping holdover assistants Jim Haslett, Raheem Morris and Sean McVay on his staff when he was introduced as the Redskins new coach.
But several people with ties to the team continued to say Friday that the three are expected to remain with the team on Gruden’s coaching staff.
Gruden was not available to comment Friday. He said Thursday he knows there are good coaches within the Redskins organization but he also believes there are good coaches elsewhere and he wants to interview a variety of candidates before settling on his staff.
Haslett, Morris and McVay worked for Gruden’s predecessor, Mike Shanahan, but were not fired by the team when Shanahan and much of his staff were dismissed. Haslett was the team’s defensive coordinator under Shanahan. Morris served as the secondary coach and McVay was the tight ends coach. All also have ties to Gruden. McVay and Morris worked with him with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Haslett and McVay worked with him in the United Football League.
People with knowledge of the team’s planning said Friday that McVay remains in line to be promoted to offensive coordinator, while Haslett and Morris are likely to retain the roles they had overseeing the team’s defense. That does not, however, preclude a possible reshuffling of titles, and Morris perhaps could be given some added responsibilities.