- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 22, 2003

SAN DIEGO Two Washington Redskins assistants officially joined Marvin Lewis' Cincinnati Bengals staff yesterday. Defensive line coach Ricky Hunley became Lewis' linebackers coach, and strength coach Chip Morton was hired to oversee the Bengals' training program.
The Redskins are expected to hire Jacksonville defensive coordinator John Pease and University of Kansas strength coach Mark Smith as replacements. Coach Steve Spurrier wouldn't confirm any hirings yesterday but said an announcement on new assistants could come today.
Pease spent eight years in Jacksonville under Tom Coughlin, who was fired after the season, coaching the defensive line before moving up to coordinator in 2002. Smith was Kansas' strength coach for one year after spending four years (1998-2001) under Spurrier at Florida.
Hunley said his decision to leave hinged on being able to coach linebackers, his position as a player. In Cincinnati, he could have two of the league's best linebackers in Takeo Spikes and Brian Simmons.
Lewis' history with linebackers like Ray Lewis, Peter Boulware and Jamie Sharper in Baltimore and LaVar Arrington, Jeremiah Trotter and Jessie Armstead in Washington makes Hunley think the Bengals' defense has promise this season.
"You've seen what you can do with good linebackers," Hunley said by phone. "It's a system that I've been in, that I know, and we'll continue to build with it."
Spikes has said he would like to leave the downtrodden Bengals, but Hunley thinks the star can be talked into staying, saying, "I've seen Coach Lewis recruit before."
Hunley ironically becomes an assistant on a club with which he refused to sign as a draft pick in 1984. Taken seventh overall, Hunley didn't like what the Bengals were offering and eventually was traded to Denver.
"I didn't get to play linebacker, but I get to coach them," Hunley said with a laugh.
Morton worked with Lewis in Baltimore before coming to Washington for the 2002 season. In Cincinnati he will overhaul a strength program that was known as one of the league's worst.
Notes Offensive tackle Chris Samuels is going to his second Pro Bowl after all. Samuels, who had been an alternate, was picked to play in Hawaii on Feb.2 as an injury replacement.
The Redskins signed receiver Scott Cloman, who was briefly on San Francisco's practice squad in November.

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