Taking a look at the Washington Redskins' new defensive staff now that it’s complete:
Coordinator: Joe Barry in, Jim Haslett out. I have no idea what Barry will do as a coordinator, but I do know the Redskins never put together a strong defense under Haslett. I like that Barry is considered a grinder and is known for his attention to detail and energy. All of those are welcomed. Now, he must prove that his Detroit experience (worst defense in the league) was more an organizational failure and not about his coaching ability. It’s never as simple as being about one coach.
Line: Robb Akey in, Jacob Burney out. Don’t know a whole lot about Akey, but he does come across as a passionate, intense and energetic coach. Burney was more like the gruff parent (he rarely talked to the media, though he was very good when he would talk in training camp). The concern is that Akey has spent just one year in the NFL and now will be teaching a 3-4 front.
Linebackers: Kirk Olivadotti staying, Barry in, Brian Baker out. Baker was more of Jim Haslett guy (worked with him in St. Louis and Washington) and while I liked watching him work, it’s not surprising a change would be made. Also, Barry is a longtime linebackers coach. I’m curious to see how he fares coaching a position while also being the coordinator. Some can handle this responsibility, but not all can. Barry is considered a good position coach, so that part of it will be fine, and Olivadotti is an excellent teacher working with the inside linebackers.
Secondary: Perry Fewell in, Raheem Morris out. Both are energetic guys, and Morris was popular with the players. That can be good and bad, but they did like him. I’ve heard good things about Fewell as a position coach (better than as a coordinator). In terms of energy, it’s hard to top Morris, but Fewell has his share.