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Redskins name Hilliard receivers coach

BY ZAC BOYER

Ike Hilliard, who played eight seasons for the New York Giants after being selected No. 7 overall in the 1997 NFL draft, was hired yesterday by the Washington Redskins to serve as their wide receivers coach.

Hilliard, whose career ended after playing four seasons in Tampa Bay, caught 546 passes for 6,397 yards and 35 touchdowns.

He spent last season as an assistant wide receivers coach in Miami and was the receivers coach for the United Football League’s Florida Tuskers for the previous two seasons, including one in 2009 under current Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, who was the head coach.

The Redskins also officially announced the hiring of former Tampa Bay head coach Raheem Morris as defensive backs coach. Morris, whose hiring was originally reported nearly two weeks ago, was fired by the Buccaneers on Jan. 2 after the team finished 4–12, losing its final 10 games.

It will be a reunion of sorts for Hilliard and Morris. Morris was a Buccaneers assistant since 2002. He took over as the head coach in 2009.

Bob Slowik, who coached Washington’s cornerbacks each of the past two seasons under head coach Mike Shanahan, will now coach the team’s linebackers. Former linebackers coach Lou Spanos left the team last week to become the defensive coordinator at UCLA.

Keenan McCardell, the Redskins receivers coach the last two years, and Steve Jackson, the safeties coach since 2004, were not retained by Shanahan when the season ended.

The Redskins coaching staff is in Mobile, Ala., this week at the Senior Bowl, where it is serving as the staff for the South team. The Senior Bowl is considered the top all-star game for collegiate seniors.

Zac Boyer: 540/374-5440

zboyer@freelancestar.com

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