As the “rebuild” phase continues in Washington, certain positions will experience new coaching next year. Keenan McCardell, receivers coach and Steve Jackson, safeties coach, were both dismissed by the Redskins earlier this month, most likely because of the poor play in each of those categories. The ‘Skins front office wasted no time in hiring new coaches that will hopefully bring a little more “spark” to the team. Raheem Morris, former Tampa Bay head coach, was hired by the Redskins to lead the team’s defensive backs just weeks after being relieved of his duties with the Bucs. Also, Ike Hilliard, former Giants WR, joined Washington to coach the position in which he played. Here is a closer look at what these new faces will bring to the table:
Raheem Morris: With a 17-31 overall record as head coach of Tampa Bay, many teams looked right past Morris in the frantic search for coaches. I believe the Redskins made the right choice on this one, in part because of his experience, and he also has a feel for defense. Although the records may not reflect it, the Buccaneers defense was rather well two seasons ago, as Morris and his team barely missed the play-offs. His experience with veteran defenders will help him maintain a relationship with rocky players like DeAngelo Hall. Overall, I believe the redskins will add a big name to the defense, and Morris will help turn this position around.
Ike Hilliard: I believe this was another good add to the Redskins coaching staff, minus the coaching experience. Don’t get me wrong, Hilliard has plenty of experience at the playing level, having been a wide-out for 12 years. If you remember correctly Hilliard was a big part of the Giants 1999 Superbowl team, snatching 72 receptions for 996 yards. Most of his career was plagued by injuries, though, and he never lived up to the hype after that fantastic season. I do think he can coach though, especially this position in which he was a part of. Hiring young former players to be coaches are always a hit or miss, and this has great potential to be a hit. If the Redskins bring in a go-to guy like Dwayne Bowe, or draft Justin Blackmon, I believe he will be able to accomplish what Jackson could not; get a consistent rhythm going with the receivers.
With all that being said, I guess we will have to just wait until September, and see what the guys can really do, and also see if they will make a difference. Right now, I strongly believe they will.
What do you think Redskins nation?
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