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Zampese Not Expected to Return to Redskins

Friday, February 18, 2005; Page D02

Ernie Zampese, an offensive consultant on Redskins Coach Joe Gibbs's staff last season, is not expected to return to Washington, according to sources familiar with the situation.

Zampese, 68, known for his coaching ability on offense, had worked part-time for the Redskins from his San Diego home, concocting schemes and reviewing film. Sources said he was essentially replaced in early January when the team hired Bill Musgrave as quarterbacks coach and reassigned Jack Burns, making him an offensive consultant.


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Burns will work with offensive coordinator Don Breaux, taking new duties involving game-day preparation on passing -- particularly on third downs -- and the red zone. Burns will also do advance scouting.

When Musgrave, the former offensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars, was hired, Gibbs said that Zampese's future wouldn't be decided until the two spoke.

Zampese and Gibbs worked together under Don Coryell in San Diego before Gibbs took his first head coaching job in Washington. For 17 seasons, Zampese molded juggernauts as an offensive coordinator with the Chargers (1983-86), Los Angeles Rams (1987-93), Dallas Cowboys (1994-97) and New England Patriots (1998-1999). . . .

Before offensive tackle Jon Jansen restructured his contract this week to provide the Redskins salary cap relief, defensive end Renaldo Wynn took the same steps -- and the combined savings of the two puts the team about $2 million under the cap. Wynn saved the Redskins $1.9 million. . . .

Linebacker Mike Barrow, 34, said he is ahead of schedule in recovering from tendinitis in his left knee that forced him to miss every game last season. "There are players who went on the injured reserve for far worse injures," Barrow said. "My biggest concern is to be healthy, and help a team -- hopefully the Redskins -- go to the Super Bowl. No matter what happens, I'm far from retired."

-- Nunyo Demasio


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