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It’s unclear whether cornerbacks coach Jerry Gray and safeties coach Steve Jackson, both longtime Williams associates, will return or who will coach the defensive line. However, linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti, whose eight years are the longest continuous tenure on the staff but whose contract was about to expire, was given an extension.

Special teams coach Danny Smith worked for Williams in Buffalo from 2001 to 2003 and followed him to Washington. However, the Redskins quoted Smith, a former colleague of Zorn’s in Detroit, in their press release yesterday and he has been told that he will return.

The fate of running backs coach Earnest Byner, whose contract is expiring, remains up in the air. The rest of the staff is signed through 2008. Saunders, who coached in St. Louis in 1999 and 2000, is a serious candidate for the Rams’ vacant offensive coordinator’s job.

As for Zorn, Seattle’s quarterbacks coach the last seven seasons, one Redskins player said, “It’s a great hire. I think he’ll simplify the offense. He’s a quarterbacks coach, so he should be good for [quarterback] Jason [Campbell].”