Head coach and coordinators excluded, who would you say is the Redskins most valuable position coach?
There is a lot of criteria, thought and calculation that could factor into this decision for our readers, so to help out a bit, I will give you a list of our coaches below, and some fitting accomplishments they have achieved both here, and in past positions. Maturation of players under their coaching is always a valuable determining factor, so I will also look at how some of the pupils of these teachers have progressed(or not progressed), when I try and answer this question.
Matt Cavanaugh(QB) Redskins Experience: 1 year - Cavanaugh enters his second season with the Redskins in 2016. He is widely regarded around NFL coaching circles to be one of the better quarterback coaches in the NFL. As a QB coach, he has worked with Steve Young, Boomer Esiason and Jay Cutler, amongst many others. In his first year as a starter in 2015, Kirk Cousins, under the tutelage of Cavanaugh, set single season team records in yards, attempts and completion percentage, and was second in touchdowns.
Randy Jordan(RB) Redskins Experience: 2 years - Jordan enters his third season as running backs coach for the Redskins. In 2014, he coached Alfred Morris to his second Pro Bowl appearance. In 2015, he inherited rookie Matt Jones, who struggled with ball security and consistency.
Ike Hilliard(WR) Redskins Experience: 3 years(2012, and 2014-15) - Hilliard returned in 2014 for his second coaching stint with the Redskins. Before coming to Washington, Hilliard served as an assistant wide receivers coach for the Miami Dolphins, where he helped guide Brandon Marshall to 1200 plus yards receiving and his third Pro Bowl appearance. He became the Redskins wide receivers coach in 2012, where he helped integrate new free agents Pierre Garçon and Josh Morgan. With the Bills in 2013 Hilliard helped mold Rookies Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin into productive players. Hilliard Returned to Washington in 2014, and has been the Receivers coach since. In 2015, he helped mold rookie Jamison Crowder, who broke franchise receiving records for a rookie, catching 59 passes for 604 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Wes Phillips(TE) Redskins Experience: 2 years - Phillips is entering his third season as tight ends coach for the Redskins. He served one season in the same role with the Cowboys in 2013. Under his guidance, Jordan Reed has blossomed into one of the best young tight ends in the NFL, having a career year in 2015 where he caught 87 passes for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Bill Callahan(OL) Redskins Experience: 1 year - Callahan is entering his second season as the offensive line coach of the Redskins. He has been a head coach(Raiders 2001-02), offensive coordinator and offensive line coach in the NFL. He is credited with the development of All-Pro's and Pro Bowler's in Nick Mangold, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Tyron Smith, Zach Martin, Travis Frederick and Trent Williams. In 2014, he helped mold a young Cowboys offensive line to become one of the best in the league. In 2015 with the Redskins, he inherited a young, inexperienced unit, but saw great steps from rookie Brandon Scherff and second year players Morgan Moses and Spencer Long.
Robb Akey(DL) Redskins Experience: 1 year - Akey is entering his second season with the Washington Redskins as defensive line coach. In 2014 with the Minnesota Vikings, Akey helped youngster Everson Griffin to a 12 sack season. Last year with the Redskins, he saw pupil Chris Baker have a career year, recording 53 stops, 6 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries.
Greg Manusky(OLB) Redskins Experience: 1 year(2001) - Manusky returns to the Redskins as outside linebackers coach for the 2016 season(he was the team's linebacker coach in 2001). From 2002-2006 he was the linebackers coach for the San Diego Chargers, where he helped mold Junior Seau and Shawne Merriman(who tied the franchise record for sacks in 2006 with 17). He has been a defensive coordinator for the 49ers, Chargers and Colts.
Kirk Olivadotti(LB) Redskins Experience: 13 years(2000-10 as an assistant in various roles) - Olivadotti is entering his third season as linebackers coach, after spending 11 seasons as an assistant with the team in various defensive roles. Under his previous guidance, both London Fletcher and Brian Orakpo made their first Pro Bowls in 2009.
Perry Fewell(DB) Redskins Experience: 1 year - Fewell returns for his second season as defensive backs coach for the Redskins. He previously held positions with the Jaguars, Rams, Bears, Bills and Giants in the same role. He has played an instrumental role in developing many defensive backs over the years, and that didn't change last year with the Redskins, as he saw a huge leap in production from Bashaud Breeland and the development of rookie wide receiver turned cornerback Quinton Dunbar.
So, who do you feel is the Redskins best position coach, and why?