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NFL NOTES: Redskins add three to staff

ASHBURN—Kirk Olivadotti is returning to the Washington Redskins as inside linebackers coach, and new coach Jay Gruden is retaining Raheem Morris as defensive backs coach and Jacob Burney as defensive line coach.

The Redskins announced the moves Thursday.

Olivadotti spent 11 seasons with the Redskins from 2000–10 and worked the last three years as inside linebacker coach at the University of Georgia.

Morris and Burney are holdovers from the staff of coach Mike Shanahan, who was fired earlier this month.

 

Jets extend Ryan’s contract

NEW YORK—The Jets signed coach Rex Ryan to a contract extension Thursday, removing the lame duck label and keeping him with the franchise for at least the next two years.

Ryan, who had one year remaining on his contract, was retained by owner Woody Johnson for next season after his job appeared in jeopardy. Expectations were extremely low outside the team entering this season, but Ryan led the Jets to a surprising 8–8 finish.

Ryan is 42–38 in the regular season, 4–2 in the postseason.

 

Vikings target Turner as offensive coordinator

MINNEAPOLIS—The Minnesota Vikings have targeted Norv Turner as the offensive coordinator under new coach Mike Zimmer.

Turner told The Associated Press in a brief phone interview Thursday that he and Zimmer have been talking about the job. Turner said nothing was finalized yet.

Turner has 15 years experience as an NFL head coach with Washington, Oakland and San Diego. He spent last season as the offensive coordinator for Cleveland, but coach Rob Chudzinski was fired there, leaving that staff in limbo.

 

Bengals promote LB coach Guenther to coordinator

CINCINNATI—The Bengals promoted linebackers coach Paul Guenther to defensive coordinator on Thursday, keeping continuity for a unit that finished No. 3 in the NFL last season.

Guenther was promoted a day after the Vikings hired Zimmer as their head coach.

 

Cowboys’ Hatcher joins Pro Bowl

IRVING, Texas—Dallas defensive tackle Jason Hatcher has been added to the Pro Bowl and will be a first-time participant along with teammates Dez Bryant and Tyron Smith.

Hatcher led the Cowboys with a career-high 11 sacks for an injury-depleted defense making the transition to a four-man front. He is replacing Baltimore nose tackle Haloti Ngata.

 

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