Former Washington Redskins assistant defensive backs coach Aubrey Pleasant has accepted a position with the Los Angeles Rams, according to a person with knowledge of the situation on Wednesday. Pleasant will join former Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay’s staff in an undetermined coaching role in the secondary.
Pleasant has been in a standstill with the Redskins over the past few weeks. He was one of three defensive coaches the Redskins retained at the end of the season after firing defensive coordinator Joe Barry, defensive line coach Robb Akey and defensive backs coach Perry Fewell. The Redskins wanted to keep Pleasant despite an expired contract and offered him a promotion to defensive backs coach, but the two sides couldn’t agree to a deal.
The Redskins began interviewing other candidates for their defensive backs coach and assistant defensive backs coach positions at the Senior Bowl last week, including Tim Lewis and Chris Harris, as Pleasant drew interest from other teams. Ultimately, the two sides parted ways, which leaves Washington with another vacancy on its staff.
Pleasant is the fourth coach to leave Jay Gruden’s staff for another position since the end of the regular season. McVay became the Rams’ head coach and has hired both Pleasant and reportedly offensive quality control Shane Waldron on his staff as the tight ends coach. Assistant special teams coach Bradford Banta left to become the New Orleans Saints’ special teams coordinator.
McVay’s staff also includes Barry, who will be the linebackers coach.
The Redskins need to find a new defensive backs coach, assistant defensive backs coach, assistant special teams coach and offensive quality control. Gruden said the Redskins could possibly add an outside linebackers coach after promoting Greg Manusky to defensive coordinator, although Gruden believes Manusky will want to continue coaching the position group.
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