No Red­skins staff changes ... yet

Wash­ing­ton still is eval­u­at­ing cur­rent, prospec­tive coaches

The Progress-Index - - SPORTS - By Ka­reem Copeland and Les Carpenter

No changes have been made yet to the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins’ coach­ing staff, ac­cord­ing to a per­son with knowl­edge of the sit­u­a­tion, de­spite re­ports to the con­trary.

The Red­skins’ sea­son ended Dec. 30, and a de­ci­sion to re­tain coach Jay Gru­den was made last week. Gru­den is still eval­u­at­ing his as­sis­tants as of Wed­nes­day morn­ing and de­cid­ing what changes to make to his staff af­ter the team fin­ished 7-9, in­clud­ing a 1-6 stretch in the fi­nal seven games.

The en­tire process, start­ing with the de­ci­sion to re­tain Gru­den, has lin­gered as teams around the league with head­coach­ing va­can­cies have started to an­nounce hires and flesh out their 2019 coach­ing staffs.

Re­ports sur­faced this week that the Red­skins sat down with for­mer Jets coach Todd Bowles and were in­ter­ested in Bron­cos de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Joe Woods as a de­fen­sive backs coach, but nei­ther re­ceived an of­fi­cial of­fer. Bowles was re­port­edly set to take the de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor po­si­tion with the Tampa Bay Buc­ca­neers af­ter Bruce Ari­ans was hired Tues­day as head coach, but the Chicago Bears’ co­or­di­na­tor po­si­tion is now re­port­edly a pos­si­bil­ity for Bowles af­ter Vic Fan­gio was re­ported to be hired by the Bron­cos as their head coach Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

There are ex­pected to be changes on the de­fen­sive side of the ball for the Red­skins, but co­or­di­na­tor Greg Manusky and the rest of the as­sis­tants re­main in place for now. There were re­ports that de­fen­sive backs coach Tor­rian Gray had been fired Tues­day, but the per­son with knowl­edge of the sit­u­a­tion, who spoke on the con­di­tion of anonymity to dis­cuss per­son­nel mat­ters, said that has not hap­pened.

There has been a be­lief since the end of the sea­son that of­fen­sive line coach Bill Cal­la­han could move on, but the per­son said that hasn’t taken place yet. Cal­la­han is ex­pected to draw in­ter­est from teams that could of­fer a pro­mo­tion for the for­mer Oak­land Raiders head coach.

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