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Shanahan’s coaching staff

The Redskins’ assistant coaches have today and the weekend off. It’s a much-needed break for a group that, along with its leader, shouldered the weight of a grueling finish to a 4-12 season.

New coach Mike Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen spent Thursday together meeting with about half of former coach Jim Zorn’s assistants, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The rest of the staff is scheduled for meetings on Monday. Coaches expect decisions to be made about their futures as early as the middle of next week.

"What I would like to do is sit down with every coach that would like to stay here and get to know them, get to know their philosophies and their beliefs," Shanahan said on Wednesday. "I was an assistant coach for a lot of years. You understand how much time and effort goes into the assistant coaching position and profession. I’ll get a chance to get a good feel on this staff."

One coach said that Shanahan was "noncommittal" about staffers’ futures and "very professional" with his interview process. Many staffers have been impressed by Shanahan’s knowledge of the Redskins and his plans for the team. Their meetings with him have also included some significant discussions about player evaluations. Some coaches are hopeful they’ll be retained, but everyone understands the reality of the situation, a team source said.

The only certainty at this point is that Shanahan’s son, Kyle, is leaving his offensive coordinator position with the Houston Texans to join Mike in the same capacity in Washington. Rumors with various levels of credibility are circulating about the rest of staff. Here are a few links to streamline your information-gathering process:

Today’s Washington Post story encapsulates the whole process, including a recap of who’s being mentioned for defensive coordinator.

Today’s notes in the Washington Examiner provide a comprehensive look, as well.

The National Football Post has more on standout special teams coach Bobby April’s candidacy.

NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora, former Post beat writer, chimes in on the candidates for defensive coordinators, with Cincinnati’s Mike Zimmer and former Saints head coach Jim Haslett again topping the list.


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