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Will an old HOG return to the Redskins in the offseason????

Postby Jake » Tue Nov 25, 2003 10:08 pm

Edwards's Future Remains Unclear

By Mark Maske
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 26, 2003; Page D01

The Washington Redskins likely would pursue a highly experienced coach to take over as defensive coordinator if Coach Steve Spurrier decides not to retain George Edwards next season, NFL sources said. The team's list of candidates probably would include current head coaches around the league, such as Buffalo's Gregg Williams, whose jobs are in jeopardy.

There also would be a strong push from within the organization for the club to rehire Russ Grimm as its offensive line coach if Spurrier does not retain Kim Helton, sources said. Grimm is with the Pittsburgh Steelers but could be available in the offseason.

The Redskins, with a record of 4-7 and six losses in their past seven games, have been reduced to playing for next season's jobs, and Edwards will have to use the season's remaining five games to build a case that he deserves to stay. Spurrier defended his assistant coaches Monday, saying he would accept the blame for the club's disappointing season.

But Spurrier declined to evaluate Edwards's performance publicly and, even when pressed, said he would not comment on his plans for his staff until after the season. "Now is not the time for that," Spurrier said.

Spurrier's contract gives him control over his coaching staff, and he has left open the possibility of hiring more experienced assistants. There is growing sentiment within the organization and around the league that Spurrier must make changes to his staff if he's going to succeed in the NFL. His assistants have the least NFL coaching experience of any staff in the league.

Several NFL sources said that Williams could be a top candidate for the Redskins if he's fired by the Bills. There have been reports for much of the season that he is in danger of being dismissed by Bills owner Ralph Wilson. The Bills looked like a potential Super Bowl contender when they opened the season with two victories by a combined margin of 69-17. But they have lost four straight to drop to 4-7. They haven't won since beating the Redskins, 24-7, on Oct. 19. Williams has a record of 15-28 as Buffalo's head coach.

He served as the Tennessee Titans' defensive coordinator for four seasons before being hired by Buffalo in February 2001. The Titans had the NFL's top-ranked defense in 2000 under Williams, setting a single-season franchise record for sacks (55) and allowing the third-fewest points (191) by any club in the league under a 16-game schedule.

Other defensive-oriented head coaches who could be available in the offseason include Chicago's Dick Jauron and Arizona's Dave McGinnis. Seattle defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes, the former head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers, is a favorite of Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. But even if Rhodes is available, it's unclear whether he would want to work for the Redskins again after serving as their defensive coordinator in 2000.

Some NFL executives say they wonder whether the Redskins would be able to lure a high-profile defensive coordinator, given Spurrier's often-stated timetable that he probably would tell Snyder to hire a new head coach if the team struggles again next season. But other NFL observers say that actually could work in the Redskins' favor,since the coach would want to be in place as a prospective successor if Spurrier leaves.

Money probably would not be an issue. Marvin Lewis was the league's highest-paid assistant coach when he was the Redskins' defensive coordinator last season.

Middle linebacker Jeremiah Trotter said Monday that he hopes Edwards is given another chance. Edwards became the Redskins' fifth defensive coordinator in five seasons when Spurrier elevated him from linebackers coach after Lewis left in January to become head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals. Players had said they wanted to see Edwards promoted for the sake of continuity. But the Redskins endured the annual upheavals and had top-10 defenses in three straight seasons under three different coordinators -- Rhodes in 2000, Kurt Schottenheimer in 2001 and Lewis in 2002.

The club ranked fifth in the league in total defense under Lewis last season, and ranks 26th this season. Some in the organization maintain that Edwards, who played for Spurrier at Duke and coached for him at the University of Florida, has not been creative enough in trying to overcome the team's pass-rushing deficiencies and has failed to rein in Trotter and outside linebacker LaVar Arrington.

Grimm is in his third season as the Steelers' offensive line coach after 19 years with the Redskins as a player and coach. But the Steelers' 4-7 record could have him headed out of Pittsburgh, and some members of the Redskins organization are prepared to lobby hard for him to be brought back if Helton does not return. Offensive tackles Jon Jansen and Chris Samuels seemed to like playing for him and thrived under his tutelage.

Helton's job security, like Edwards's, has appeared uncertain for weeks. The Redskins have surrendered 34 sacks and have allowed quarterback Patrick Ramsey to absorb a series of jarring hits. There were reports during the Redskins' bye week that Spurrier nearly fired Helton then.
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Postby BossHog » Tue Nov 25, 2003 10:39 pm

... maybe they read our threads on Helton and Edwards. :-)

Still... wouldn't put too much creedence in it yet. Grimm's still employed and makes a sexy headline when most other headlines are indeed 'grim'.
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Postby skinsfaninroanoke » Wed Nov 26, 2003 8:40 am

Another story about the same thing - still mentioning Grimm and Williams. I wouldn't mind seeing Williams - as crappy as he is in head coaching, it just may be that he met his "ceiling of competency" as a defensive coordinator. Wouldn't be the first time we have seen a coach move from his good spot as a coordinator and fall on his face as a head coach.

I still don't know if Grimm is that great a choice. I'll check and see how the Steelers OL is doing protecting the QB.

Hue Jackson and Edwards have been mentioned as candidates for the Head Coaching job at Duke (good freakin luck)
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