NFL Notebook: Redskins' Shanahan hires son
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Washington has hired Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator, Matt LaFleur as quarterbacks coach and Jon Embree as tight ends coach. The appointment of Shanahan, son of head coach Mike Shanahan, had been known, but the team did not formally announce it until yesterday. The younger Shanahan had been the Houston Texans' offensive coordinator. LaFleur worked with Kyle Shanahan as an offensive assistant for the Texans the past two seasons. Embree was the Kansas City Chiefs' tight ends coach from 2006-08.
Oakland owner Al Davis has started interviewing potential assistants for next season even while he continues to mull the fate of coach Tom Cable. ESPN.com reported the Raiders interviewed Baltimore Ravens quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson about becoming the team's offensive coordinator. NFL.com reported the team interviewed recently fired New York Giants defensive line coach Mike Waufle, who held the same position in Oakland from 1998-2003, to replace Dwaine Board as line coach for the Raiders.
Pete Carroll is adding coaches to his staff with Seattle, including a few coming with him from Southern California. Carroll said that Jeremy Bates will come from USC to be the offensive coordinator with the Seahawks. Ken Norton Jr. will also join Carroll in Seattle and coach linebackers. Two coaches are being retained from the previous staff in Seattle: Gus Bradley will remain the defensive coordinator and Dan Quinn will also coach on the defensive side.
Backup linebacker Erin Henderson has returned to the Vikings after completing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Henderson was at practice yesterday.
Beginning this week, Miami's home field will be called Sun Life Stadium. A five-year naming rights agreement with Toronto-based Sun Life Financial was confirmed yesterday at the stadium. The deal is for at least $4 million a year and perhaps more, depending on postseason success for the Dolphins and Marlins, the stadium's baseball tenant.
First Published January 21, 2010 12:00 am