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New Redskins GM Scot McCloughan is attempting to add Packers senior personnel executive Alonzo Highsmith to his front office.
Highsmith is a highly respected college scout who was originally hired by Ron Wolf in 1999. He was named the NFL Scout of the Year following the 2010 season. McCloughan, like Highsmith, has a background with Wolf. McCloughan is trying to turn Washington's front office from a mess into something formidable. Luring Highsmith to D.C. would be a big first step. Sun, Jan 25, 2015 02:20:00 PM

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Redskins OC Kyle Shanahan is "definitely" interested in interviewing for head coaching jobs, but will not field inquiries until after the playoffs.

Kyle joked about previous reports that his father will not allow him to interview for other jobs during the post season. No teams have contacted his agent because he doesn't have one. "I haven't answered my phone in six months," said the younger Shanahan. The upshot is that Kyle isn't attached to Mike's hip and would embrace the opportunity to run his own team.
Thu, Jan 3, 2013 01:58:00 PM

Sources tell the Washington Post that the Redskins are "seriously considering" a contract extension with coach Mike Shanahan.

Shanahan's current five-year contract is up following the 2014 season. During his first two-plus seasons in Washington, he went 14-27 and appeared to be on thin ice. An extension at this point would be a reward for the current seven-game winning streak that netted the Redskins the NFC East crown and a home playoff game Sunday afternoon.
Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:34:00 AM

Sources within the Redskins organization tell NFL Network's Michael Lombardi that the team's decision to start Rex Grossman is "about them being in position next year to draft a quarterback."

The NFL Network crew agreed, with Warren Sapp bluntly stating, "Right now they’re tanking the season looking for that Top 5 pick." While it's hard to argue with that assessment, the team would never publicly state their desire to tank the season, and we can't imagine the league would be able to prove the team's futility was planned. It goes without saying that the Skins will be in the market for an elite rookie quarterback.
Sun, Dec 19, 2010 10:44:00 AM

According to PFT's Mike Florio, Mike Shanahan may have been one of the head coaches who inquired about the Cowboys' head coaching job prior to the 2010 season.

The timing just wasn't right, as Wade Phillips was fresh off a divisional playoff run and Shanahan didn't want to wait another year to resume coaching. Shanny ultimately signed a five-year contract with the Redskins. According to NFL Network's Albert Breer, Redskins owner Dan Snyder would not be willing to let Shanahan out of his deal at the end of the season.
Sat, Nov 13, 2010 08:17:00 AM

Redskins hired Keenan McCardell as wide receivers coach.

Interestingly, McCardell beat out former Bucs WRs coach Richard Mann, who left Tampa to try to catch on with the Redskins. With McCardell out of the picture, Ike Hilliard is the favorite for the same position with the Bucs.
Thu, Jan 28, 2010 10:25:00 AM

Redskins announced the retirement of offensive line coach Joe Bugel.

One of the greatest line coaches in history, the Bugel spent 32 years in the NFL and 15 in D.C. He was also a head coach for five seasons with the Raiders and Phoenix Cardinals. Known as "Boss Hog" during his overseeing of the famed "Hogs," Bugel coached Skins linemen to 14 Pro Bowls. He retires as an interesting position coach prospect for the Hall of Fame.
Wed, Jan 13, 2010 01:11:00 PM

Redskins hired Bobby Turner as associate head coach/running backs.

He replaces Stump Mitchell. Turner, 60 years old and a 15-year veteran running backs coach, is unlikely to put up with Clinton Portis' annually lackadaisical offseason routine. It's possible Mike Shanahan will put Turner directly in charge of making sure Portis conforms. If not, Portis could be cut.
Source: Denver Post
Wed, Jan 13, 2010 12:35:00 PM

The Redskins have reportedly offered Broncos RBs coach Bobby Turner a spot on their staff, with the title of "associate head coach."

This would be an upward move for Turner, who's only been a position coach in the NFL. He has overseen Denver's running backs for 15 years, coaching up Tatum Bell and Reuben Droughns, among others, to 1,000-yard seasons.
Source: Denver Post
Mon, Jan 11, 2010 09:25:00 PM

Redskins named Kyle Shanahan offensive coordinator.

This move was fully expected, but what remains uncertain is whether Kyle or Mike will be the Skins' playcaller. Mike has always done so, but it would seem odd for Kyle to "give up" the responsibilities after so successfully calling the Texans' plays in 2009. The decision may not be made until training camp.
Wed, Jan 6, 2010 02:39:00 PM

The National Football Post reports that Redskins coach Mike Shanahan may target Texans OL Alex Gibbs as an addition to his staff.

Gibbs, the godfather of zone blocking, worked with Shanahan for several seasons in Denver and would be an excellent hire. Gibbs has considered retirement in recent years, however, and his availability is uncertain. The Skins do need to replace 2009 line coach Joe Bugel, who retired on Tuesday.
Wed, Jan 6, 2010 01:41:00 PM

Redskins signed Mike Shanahan to a five-year contract that will make him their head coach and executive VP of football operations.

He'll be introduced Wednesday at 2PM ET. The deal is for roughly $7 million annually, considerably less than initial reports of $10M. However, the Broncos are paying Shanahan $3.5M a year after firing him in 2009, and will continue to do so through 2011. The "executive VP of football operations" title confirms Shanahan will have final say over personnel. Assuming he brings in a defensive coordinator that keeps that side of the ball strong, the move looks ideal for Washington because of Shanahan's offensive track record. The Skins finished 2009 as a top-ten defense, but 22nd in total offense.
Tue, Jan 5, 2010 08:06:00 PM

Mike Shanahan's agent has reportedly been summoned to Washington to work on a contract with the Redskins.

Talks have progressed well since Shanny arrived in town Monday afternoon. According to, a five-year deal worth more than $10 million per year has already been drawn up. The two sides just have to hammer out the particulars at this point.
Tue, Jan 5, 2010 12:28:00 PM

The Washington Post reports that the Redskins will name Mike Shanahan their next head coach on Tuesday, "barring unforeseen glitches."

Shanahan arrived at club headquarters at 3ET Monday. The rest of the Skins' coaching staff will reportedly undergo a "sweeping change," with Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer the apparent favorite to take over the same position in D.C. Shanahan's son, Kyle, will coordinate the offense. NFL Network's Mike Lombardi also reported Monday that Mike Shanahan will be named team president, giving him significant influence over all personnel.
Mon, Jan 4, 2010 05:04:00 PM

A league official confirmed to the AP that the Redskins formally interviewed Mike Shanahan regarding their head coaching vacancy on Monday.

GM Bruce Allen spoke to Shanahan by phone, though it's unclear if Allen was on owner Dan Snyder's plane to Colorado early Monday. It's been confirmed that Shanahan was aboard the flight, which landed in D.C. on Monday afternoon. His hiring appears imminent, and probably will come by Tuesday.
Mon, Jan 4, 2010 03:35:00 PM

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