Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, defensive backs coach Raheem Morris, defensive line coach Jacob Burney, offensive line coach Chris Foerster, assistant offensive line coach Chris Morgan and tight ends coach Sean McVay all remain in the Redskins’ employment, multiple people with knowledge of the situation said.
Haslett has another year left on his contract. But the status of the remainder of the other coaches remains unclear.
The assistants that were fired along with Mike Shanahan include offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, associate head coach/running backs coach Bobby Turner, quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur, wide receivers coach Mike McDaniel, offensive quality control coach Richmond Flowers, offensive assistant Aubrey Pleasant, linebackers coach Bob Slowik, defensive assistant Bobby Slowik, special teams coach Keith Burns and special teams assistant Richard Hightower.
The Redskins officially announced the dismissals of Kyle Shanahan, Burns, Flowers, LaFleur, McDaniel, both Slowiks and advance scout Larry Coyer, but not the others. It’s expected, however, that the announcement of those departures will follow, people familiar with the situation said.
Mike Shanahan left Redskins Park shortly after his 10 a.m. media address. The assistants met one-on-one with general manager Bruce Allen throughout the day to learn of their statuses with the team.
Burns, whose special teams units failed miserably this season, and Flowers both packed their vehicles shortly after 1 p.m.
Kyle Shanahan, LaFleur and McDaniel all packed their vehicles just before 2 p.m., and McVay and Morris helped them as they carried their belongings out of the building in boxes. Haslett came out and wished them well.
Kyle Shanahan didn’t give any official interviews but said that he was “at peace” with the situation, wished reporters well and left shortly after. Shanahan is expected to draw interest for offensive coordinator positions after directing an attack that ranked among the league leaders in total offense in each of the past two seasons. LaFleur, who worked with Shanahan both in Houston and in Washington, drew praise from both his head coach and offensive coordinator in each of the past two years for his work in helping develop Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins.
It remains unclear how or if Haslett, who has another year left on his deal, or the other assistants will figure into Washington’s future. Allen said that no decision has been made on whether or not the Redskins will shift from the 3-4 system to the 4-3. He said that the incoming coach will make that determination.
Burney is the only member of the group of retained coaches that had previously worked with Mike Shanahan prior to coming to Washington.
Morris, who served as Tampa Bay’s head coach prior to joining Washington’s staff in 2012, has been mentioned as a possible candidate as defensive coordinator if Haslett isn’t retained, and depending on who the next coach is.
He drew interest from the Chicago Bears this past offseason for their defensive coordinator position. The Cleveland Browns also interviewed Morris.
Meanwhile, McVay is seen across the league as one of the up-and-coming assistant coaches. He drew interest from the Cincinnati Bengals in 2011 when he was an offensive assistant with the Redskins. But the team didn’t want to lose him and instead promoted him to tight ends coach. He also was responsible for planning the team’s third-down packages. Washington this season ranked 11th in the NFL on third-down conversions with a clip of .404.
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● Robert Griffin III speaks to reporters about the Shanahan firing.
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