Redskins Insider: Three new coaches officially on board

New offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, left, brought Matt LaFleur along from Houston.
New offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, left, brought Matt LaFleur along from Houston. (Bob Levey - Getty Images)
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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Three new coaches officially on board

The Redskins made three coaching hires official Wednesday -- including a name that hadn't been previously batted around.

Kyle Shanahan's hiring as the Redskins' new offensive coordinator was hardly a secret -- especially considering Mike Shanahan said as much at his introductory news conference two weeks ago -- and last week Matt LaFleur's name surfaced. He was an offensive assistant under Kyle Shanahan in Houston and will serve as the Redskins' quarterbacks coach.

But the previously unknown name is Jon Embree's. He's the Redskins' new tight ends coach. Embree was apparently out of coaching last season and served as the Kansas City Chiefs' tight ends coach from 2006 to 2008, which followed three seasons as an offensive assistant at UCLA.

Let's start with Kyle Shanahan, though.

"It is a thrill to have Kyle on board." Mike Shanahan said in the news release. "Not only because it represents a chance to work with my son, but because it brings to our staff the offensive mind that drove one of the most explosive and productive passing attacks in football the last two years."

There was no indication how the Shanahans and LaFleur might split offensive coaching duties and not a mention of who might be calling plays.

LaFleur spent the past two seasons with the Texans, where he worked closely with quarterback Matt Schaub last season and with the Houston receivers in his first season on the staff.

"Matt spent the last two seasons with Kyle and is well-versed in the system that we are trying to bring here to Washington," Mike Shanahan said. "I was very impressed with the work he did with Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson and expect him to have a similar impact with the Redskins."

As for Embree, he was a standout player at the University of Colorado, played two seasons in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams and got his break by coaching tight ends at his alma mater in 1993.

"Jon has worked with some of the best tight ends the game has ever seen, and he has not only been able to teach them, but to learn from them," Shanahan said. "Now he has an opportunity to bring all of that accumulated experience to another group of accomplished tight ends, and I'm very excited about the potential of that pairing."

The Redskins still have not announced assistants responsible for special teams, the offensive line, wide receivers, the defensive line or the secondary.

-- Rick Maese


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