- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 4, 2004

Joe Gibbs will have two assistant head coaches, an offensive and a defensive coordinator and 12 more assistants, giving the Washington Redskins one of the most experienced and loftily titled staffs in the NFL.

Gibbs formally announced his entire staff yesterday. While all the names had become public over the last three weeks, the specific job titles had not.

Joe Bugel, as expected, was given the title of assistant head coach/offense. More of a surprise, though, was the naming of Gregg Williams as assistant head coach/defense, Don Breaux as offensive coordinator and Greg Blache as defensive coordinator.

That gives Gibbs four top-level staffers with job titles above that of mere assistant coach.

While that is not a common practice among most NFL teams, few others include so many assistants with past experience as either head coaches or coordinators.

Both Bugel and Williams have been NFL head coaches, Bugel with the Phoenix Cardinals (1990-1993) and Oakland Raiders (1997) and Williams with the Buffalo Bills the last three seasons. Blache (Chicago Bears) and linebackers coach Dale Lindsey (San Diego Chargers) were both defensive coordinators last season. Quarterbacks coach Jack Burns was the Minnesota Vikings’ offensive coordinator from 1992 to 1993, and consultant Ernie Zampese was offensive coordinator for four different clubs the past two decades.

There are still a few questions to sort out, such as who will ultimately call the plays on offense among Gibbs, Bugel and Breaux and how Williams and Blache will handle control of the defense.

Gibbs could not be reached yesterday for comment, but he has indicated on more than one occasion that he wasn’t so much concerned with specific job titles and roles as he was with getting all of his assistants signed up.

The Redskins’ staff has both an old and new look, with several of Gibbs’ former assistants from the 1980s rejoining him in Washington and a handful of younger coaches filling out the staff.

Bugel, Breaux, Burns, Lindsey and tight ends coach Rennie Simmons were members of Gibbs’ previous staffs. Running backs coach Earnest Byner played for the Redskins from 1989 to 1993 and is fifth on the club’s all-time rushing list with 3,950 yards.

Secondary/cornerbacks coach DeWayne Walker spent the last two seasons as the New York Giants’ defensive backs coach. Safeties/third down coach Steve Jackson and special teams coach Danny Smith held similar roles on Williams’ staff in Buffalo the last three years.

Wide receivers coach Stan Hixon is the lone member of Gibbs’ staff to come from the college ranks — he coached receivers at LSU since 2000 and was associate head coach for the Tigers’ co-national championship squad this season.

Offensive assistant Bill Lazor and quality control coach/offense Coy Gibbs (the coach’s son) will hold entry-level positions on the staff. Kirk Olivadotti (defensive assistant/special teams) is the lone holdover from Steve Spurrier’s coaching staff.

The Redskins also announced yesterday that longtime trainer and recent Ring of Fame inductee Bubba Tyer is returning to the organization as director of sports medicine (an advisory role). John Burrell, an assistant athletic trainer in Jacksonville the last eight years, replaces Dean Kleinschmidt as Washington’s head athletic trainer.

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