Jan 9, 2014; Ashburn, VA, USA; Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen pose for a photo after a press conferences at Redskins Park Team Auditorium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Redskins finalize staff under Jay Gruden

The Washington Redskins and new head coach Jay Gruden have finalized their coaching staff as laid out by CoachingSearch.com with their new partnership with 247 Sports.  Gruden kept a few of the coaches that were there under Mike Shanahan including Jim Haslett as defensive coordinator, who in turn kept some of the coaches such as defensive backs coach Raheem Morris.  Both of them have experience as head coaches that could which could help Gruden as he eases into his new job.

Offensively, Gruden promoted Sean McAvoy, so he could keep some of the play calls that worked specifically with Robert Griffin III as well as bringing in his own influences to the playbook.  Gruden also hired four assistant coaches from the collegiate ranks, but all four had been in the NFL in their careers as noted by the article.

Kirk Olividotti served as the inside linebackers coach at Georgia in 2013, Randy Jordan the running backs at UNC, Shane Day the quarterbacks coach at UCONN, and Jake Peetz the offensive quality control position at Alabama.

The coaching staff is in place, so the team can focus on free agency and then the draft.  Unfortunately for Gruden, the team does not have a first round pick as they are still paying for the rights to obtain Griffin.  The hope is that Griffin will come back totally healthy and get back to the play of his rookie year and then be able to improve upon it.

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