Earnest Byner expected to interview for Redskins’ RB coaching position

Earnest Byner

Earnest Byner, here carrying for a touchdown during a 1991 game against the Bears, is interviewing to become running backs coach. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The Redskins are expected to interview former running backs coach and running back Earnest Byner for a position on Jay Gruden’s coaching staff, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.

Byner is a candidate for the vacant running backs coach job.

Byner played for the Redskins from 1989 to 1993 and helped the team win Super Bowl XXVI. He made back-to-back Pro Bowls in 1990 and 1991 and was selected as one of the 70 Greatest Redskins. He served as running backs coach from 2004 to 2007 and then held the same position with the Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars and most recently, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012-13).

Tampa’s Sports Talk 1040 The Team reported Tuesday afternoon that Byner has been hired as running backs coach. But a person with knowledge of the situation said that Byner had an interview scheduled with the Redskins, but has yet to land the job. A second said that Byner’s interview will take place on Friday.

Byner himself said that he couldn’t speak on the matter. When reached for comment, he laughed, but said that he couldn’t address his status. He did say that he “would love to come back,” but added that he had no further comment.

If hired, Byner would replace longtime Mike Shanahan assistant Bobby Turner and inherit a running back unit led by Alfred Morris, who in his first two seasons in the NFL has rushed for a total of 2,888 yards and 20 touchdowns while averaging 4.7 yards per carry.

Thus far, the Redskins have yet to announce the additions of any coaches to Gruden’s staff.

Multiple people with knowledge of the situation have said that Jim Haslett will remain as defensive coordinator, Raheem Morris as defensive backs coach and Jacob Burney as defensive line coach. They also said that tight ends coach Sean McVay will be promoted to offensive coordinator, and that offensive line coach Chris Foerster also remains on staff.

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