The Redskins have added another position coach to Joe Barry's defensive staff with the hiring of Robb Akey. Akey will replace Jacob Burney who was released days after the hiring of Barry became official. He spent last season with the Minnesota Vikings as an assistant defensive line coach. All of his prior coaching experience came at the college level with Weber State, Northern Arizona, Washington State, and Idaho.
This morning, John Keim reported that it is likely the Redskins would fill the DL coaching position soon, and that the vacant OLB might not be filled. Instead DC Joe Barry, who was coaching linebackers with the San Diego Chargers for the last few years, would be coaching all LBs along with Kirk Olivadotti. Last season Olivadotti was hired to coach the inside linebackers while Brian Baker was hired to coach the outside linebackers. Baker's teaching was well received by Trent Murphy and Ryan Kerrigan who had the best year of his career. Olivadotti was the only defensive coach retained by Barry, and now he will be working closely with him this year.
The Washington Redskins announced today that they have named Robb Akey as Defensive Line Coach.
Akey joins the Redskins with 26 years of coaching experience. Last year, he served as the assistant defensive line coach for the Minnesota Vikings, helping defensive end Everson Griffin finish fourth in the NFC and second among NFC defensive linemen in sacks (12.0). His background includes 25 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, including serving as head coach at the University of Idaho for six seasons from 2007-12. He led the Vandals to their second bowl game in school history in 2009, a a 43-42 victory over Bowling Green in the Roady's Humanitarian Bowl.
AKEY FOOTBALL TIMELINE
2014: Assistant Defensive Line Coach, Minnesota Vikings
2007-12: Head Coach, Idaho
2003-06: Defensive Coordinator, Washington State
1999-2002: Defensive Line Coach, Washington State
1996-98: Defensive Coordinator, Northern Arizona
1995: Special Teams/Linebackers Coach, Northern Arizona
1989-94: Special Teams/Defensive Line Coach, Weber State
1988: Assistant Defensive Line Coach, Weber State
1984-87: Tight End/Linebacker/Defensive End, Weber State
Was told the dl hire will be coming soon. Did not specify hours or a couple days. As for olb: likely Olivadotti/Barry will handle all lbs— John Keim (@john_keim) February 2, 2015
I had heard one name for olb in beginning. But with Barry having ton of experience coaching lb's, can split with Olivadotti— John Keim (@john_keim) February 2, 2015
Northern Arizona Connection!
New Redskins DC Joe Barry was on Akey's staff when he was the DC at Northern Arizona from 1996-98. Coaching ties run deep.— Ben Goessling (@GoesslingESPN) February 2, 2015