Redskins finalize coaching staff

The Washington Redskins put the finishing touches on their 2017 coaching staff by promoting offensive line coach Bill Callahan to assistant head coach and defensive quality control coach Chad Grimm to outside linebackers coach.

Callahan will continue to coach the offensive line, as well. Grimm is the son of Russ Grimm, the All-Pro guard of the Skins in the 1980s and 1990s who won three Super Bowl championships as the leader of the famed Hogs offensive line.

Bret Munsey, formerly special projects coach, has also been promoted to assistant special teams coach.

Chris O’Hara has been added to the staff as offensive quality control coach. O’Hara spent three years as an assistant with the Jacksonville Jaguars prior to coming to Washington.

All these moves finish up a season of tumult for the Washington coaching staff. The Redskins lost former offensive coordinator Sean McVay, who became head coach of the Los Angeles Rams, and fired defensive coordinator Joe Barry. The Skins attempted to woo several high-profile replacements for Barry, but, in part because head coach Jay Gruden’s job status seemed uncertain, the team found no takers. Eventually, the Skins promoted from within, moving outside linebackers coach Greg Manuskay into the coordinator’s job.

The job of offensive coordinator eventually went to Matt Cavanaugh, the former quarterbacks coach. Cavanaugh was replaced in that job by Kevin O’Connel. Back on the defensive side of the ball, the Skins also fired their secondary coach, Perry Fewell, and defensive line coach. Jim Tomsula, former head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, was hired to coach the defensive line, while Torrian Gray became the secondary coach.


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