Hoffman: 'Redskins coaching staff is not finalized'

Ben Krimmel
January 24, 2019 - 10:46 am

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Redskins are in the market for a new quarterback. But Redskins head coach Jay Gruden is not at the Senior Bowl.

The reason he is not in Mobile, Alabama?

Gruden is "conducting staff interviews" to fill out the vacancies on his coaching staff, 106.7 The Fan Redskins reporter Craig Hoffman said Thursday.

"They're coaching staff is not finalized yet," Hoffman told The Sports Junkies. "I would imagine in the next 10 days to two weeks there's going to be news. And I don't know exactly what the news is yet. It's not finalized and that's the news as of right now." 

"If (Blue) Shorts is listening and wants a headline, 'The Redskins coaching staff is not finalized.' That's it," Hoffman said. "So, get to typing."

The Redskins have lost three coaches this offseason: Defensive backs coach Torrian Gray left to coach cornerbacks at the University of Florida, linebackers coach, and longtime Redskins assistant coach, Kirk Olivadotti departed for the same position in Green Bay, and special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica took over special teams in Atlanta.

Those departures do not include time spent over a failed defensive coordinator search. Washington is sticking with Greg Manusky after holding conversations with some of the top DC candidates on the market.

When asked if the team might hire a co-defensive coordinator Hoffman didn't close the door on the idea, but did say he believed Manusky would lead the defense.

"Manusky is gonna be the defensive coordinator, there's gonna be shuffling on the offensive side of the ball. That's not done yet," Hoffman said. "Obviously they have to bring in at least two position coaches on defense and potentially, based on who that is, could they do co-defensive coordinator, I guess. So they're not done yet on that side."

"And so Jay is having to do that work up in Ashburn of talking to coaches and bringing people in for interviews and finalizing exactly how they're gonna move people around and get that coaching staff done," Hoffman said.

Hoffman noted he had not seen as many head coaches at the 2019 Senior Bowl as he did last year and said Gruden's absence may not be a huge deal.

"I don't know that it's a huge deal," Hoffman said. "In a year where you're in the market for a quarterback and your head coach is a quarterback guy, it would've been really nice for him to get down here and get to talk to these guys. Unfortunately, there was more pressing things."

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