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Brown returns as offensive coach

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Ray Brown, media member, has become Ray Brown, football coach.

The 20-year offensive lineman, who retired in January, has joined the Washington Redskins as an offensive consultant for the rest of the season.

Brown was on the practice field Monday and confirmed his appointment yesterday at Redskin Park. He spent the first part of the season working for Comcast's postgame show and for various Redskins-produced television programs.

"It's really unique to get a chance to come in at this point of the season," Brown said. "I think I have something to offer. I think I know football, and now it comes to finding out how I can get it through to the guys so it will help them.

"Coach [Joe] Gibbs said he thought I could help the team, and I'm trying to convince myself that I can help the team, so I'm here -- I've converted."

Gibbs was not available for comment yesterday. He is scheduled to meet with reporters after today's practice. The Redskins (2-5) play host to the Dallas Cowboys (4-3) on Sunday.

Gibbs approached Brown eight days ago about his interest in coaching. Throughout last season, Brown said he would take the 2006 season to do outside work before deciding whether he wanted to coach.

"It surprised me," Brown said of Gibbs' offer. "I told myself I was going to take a step back and be committed to the media folks I was working with, which was great because they were teaching me that side of things, so I got a chance to get started on that. But now I'm back on the inside."

Brown's role hasn't been completely defined, but he undoubtedly will focus on the offensive line.

Brown, 44, had two stints with the Redskins -- 1989-95 and 2004-05. Two years ago, he started 14 games at right tackle when Jon Jansen missed the entire season. Last year, Brown was a reserve who started the final two regular season games and both playoff games at right guard after Randy Thomas' year-ending injury.

Brown finished his career with 261 games, including 205 starts.

"This gives me an opportunity to get a good peek at professional football from a non-playing view," Brown said. "I know I have an NFL eye, and I can provide a resource for guys in every facet of the game, not just in playing but in being a professional. I'll try to exert myself in that way.

"Having played the game, I think I can do a good job communicating things to the guys. I'll be able to answer questions they may have and I can critique -- I don't know if that's necessarily coaching, but I can tell guys how to do things because I've done it."

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