No Redskins staff changes ... yet
Washington still is evaluating current, prospective coaches
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.