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Redskins part ways with assistant O-line coach Chris Morgan


Assistant offensive line coach Chris Morgan will not return to the Redskins this year, according to a personal with knowledge of the situation.

Morgan, who just completed his third season with the Redskins, ranked among a handful of coaches retained following Mike Shanahan’s dismissal as head coach. Those coaches were told that Shanahan’s replacement would decide their fates.

Gruden has spent the first days of his tenure meeting with the holdover coaches and interviewing other assistant candidates.

Morgan learned on Monday that he would not be retained.

Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, defensive backs coach Raheem Morris, defensive line coach Jacob Burney, offensive line coach Chris Foerster and tight ends coach Sean McVay remain on staff. McVay will be promoted to offensive coordinator, according to multiple people familiar with the situation.

Update 8:17 p.m. – Offensive assistant Aubrey Pleasant, who joined the Redskins during the 2013 offseason, also has been retained, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

The Redskins didn’t make an official announcement on Morgan’s dismissal, or on the retention of the other coaches.

In addition to Shanahan and his son and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the Redskins also have parted ways with 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, special teams assistant Richard Hightower and advance scout Larry Coyer.

Gruden, who was introduced as head coach last Thursday, did not reveal a timetable for filling out his coaching staff, but hoped to do so as soon as possible.

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.



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Mike Jones · January 13, 2014