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Press release: Redskins announce Fewell as defensive backs coach


Press release: Redskins announce Fewell as defensive backs coach

The Redskins announced the hiring of Perry Fewell as defensive backs coach and Mike Clark as the strength and conditioning coach. Here is the press release via Redskins PR:

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have named Perry Fewell as Defensive Backs Coach and Mike Clark as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Fewell is entering his 18th NFL season after having spent the last five seasons as defensive coordinator of the New York Giants, a stint that included a victory in Super Bowl XLVI. In Fewell’s five seasons in New York, his unit amassed 160 takeaways, second-most in the NFC and third-most in the NFL.

Fewell entered the NFL in 1998 as a defensive backs coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars, a position in which he served for five seasons. He went on to coach defensive backs in St. Louis (2003-04) and Chicago (2005) before earning his first defensive coordinator job in 2006 with the Buffalo Bills. In 2009, he served as the Bills’ interim head coach for seven games.

Prior to joining the professional ranks, Fewell spent 13 years coaching collegiately. During his college coaching career, he held various positions at North Carolina, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Kent State and Vanderbilt.

Fewell lettered as a defensive back at Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) from 1980-83 and was part of the university’s Hall of Fame class in 2011. A native of Gastonia, N.C., he was on the football and track teams at South Point H.S. in Belmont, N.C., and was inducted into the Belmont Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.

Fewell and his wife, Kathleen, have two sons.

Clark is entering his 12th NFL season after having most recently served as Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the Chicago Bears from 2013-14. His previous NFL experience includes stints with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Seattle Seahawks. He was named the NFL Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by American Football Monthly in 2005 and helped the Seahawks advance to Super Bowl XL.

Clark spent 23 seasons in strength and conditioning at the collegiate level, including 14 seasons at Texas A&M from 1990-2003. He added the duties of assistant athletic director in 2000. During his time with the Aggies, he was named the Strength Coach of the Year in 1993 and 2000 by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.

A native of Wichita, Kan., Clark played high school football at Oak Park H.S. in Kansas City, and continued as a center at Ottawa (Kan.) University. He and his wife, Kris, have three children, Matthew, J.J. and Alicia.


  • 2010-14:          Defensive Coordinator, New York Giants
  • 2009:               Interim Head Coach, Buffalo Bills (final seven games)
  • 2006-09:          Defensive Coordinator, Buffalo Bills
  • 2005:               Defensive Backs Coach, Chicago Bears
  • 2003-04:          Secondary Coach, St. Louis Rams
  • 1998-2002:      Defensive Backs Coach, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • 1995-97:          Secondary Coach, Vanderbilt
  • 1992-94:          Defensive Line Coach, U.S. Military Academy at West Point
  • 1988-91:          Wide Receivers Coach, Kent State
  • 1987:               Defensive Backs Coach, U.S. Military Academy at West Point
  • 1985-86:          Graduate Assistant, North Carolina
  • 1980-83:          Defensive Back, Lenoir-Rhyne


  • 2013-14:          Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, Chicago Bears
  • 2010-12:          Strength and Conditioning Coach, Kansas City Chiefs
  • 2004-09:          Strength and Conditioning Coach, Seattle Seahawks
  • 1990-2003:      Strength and Conditioning Coach, Texas A&M
  • 1988-89:          Strength and Conditioning Coach, Southern California
  • 1983-87:          Strength and Conditioning Coach, Oregon
  • 1982:               Strength and Conditioning Coach, Kansas
  • 1981:               Strength and Conditioning Coach, Wyoming
  • 1979-80:          Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach, Topeka (Kan.) H.S.
  • 1977-78:          Graduate Assistant, Kansas

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Bashaud Breeland the latest former Redskin to fail a physical; won't be signing with Panthers

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Bashaud Breeland the latest former Redskin to fail a physical; won't be signing with Panthers

The Redskins had to say good bye to several key players as the 2018 NFL free agency period began.

Cornerback Bashaud Breeland was one of those players.

On Tuesday, Breeland reported agreed to a 3-year, $24 million deal with the Carolina Panthers.

But on Friday afternoon it was reported that Breeland failed a physical, which means he won't be signing with the Panthers, per Panthers reporter Bill Voth.


If this sounds familiar, it's because it is familiar.

Redskins wide receiver Ryan Grant intended on signing a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens. But a failed physical just a day before his introductory press conference meant a voided contract and back to the drawing board.

According to multiple reports, Breeland's failed physical was due to a recent non-football injury. Breeland and the Panthers could still come to an agreement, but the former Clemson star is now back to being a free agent and will have to pass a physical before officially signing with a new team.

According to ESPN's David Newton, Breeland injured his foot on vacation in the Dominican Republic and will need his skin grafted in order to repair the injury.

The Redskins were one of the NFL's most injured teams in 2017, and that trend appears to have extended to the offseason.


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With Zach Brown back, a look at the Redskins' inside linebackers depth chart

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With Zach Brown back, a look at the Redskins' inside linebackers depth chart

The Redskins went into the offseason with their inside linebacker position very much up in the air. Starters Zach Brown and Mason Foster and top backup Will Compton were all heading into unrestricted free agency. They faced the prospect of needing to start all over.

Things started to look better in late January when Foster re-signed, agreeing to a two-year deal. “I had unfinished business here,” Foster said at the time.

As long as Brown remained unsigned, the Redskins also had unfinished business. They got it done yesterday as Brown inked what is reported to be a three-year deal worth $24 million. We will need to see some details to know just what the contract entails but it looks like a fair deal for both sides.


Compton remains unsigned. With Brown and Foster back he will not be in line for a starting job. We will see how things shake out for him.

Looking at the players under contract, the Redskins have Zach Vigil, who played well as a starter late in the season after injuries struck, Martrell Spaight, and Josh Harvey-Clemons.  

Vigil was released on the final roster cut and returned on November 15 after Compton went to injured reserve. He had 55 total tackles in seven games. If you project that out over a 16-game season that’s 126 tackles, which would have placed him in the top 10 in the NFL. He also plays special teams well. Vigil went from expendable last September to a very valued reserve at this point in time.

Spaight has been a spot starter when starters have been injured. This will be an important year for him as he goes into the final year of the contract he signed after the Redskins made him a fifth-round pick in the 2015 draft.


The Redskins might have been happier if Harvey-Clemons, a 2017 seventh-round pick, didn’t have to play all last year but injuries forced him into a regular role. He was converting from college safety to NFL nickel linebacker and was very much considered to be a project. Harvey-Clemons still needs to add some weight and he has a lot to learn. Still, even if injuries don’t hit this year he should play considerably more than the 93 snaps he logged as a rookie.

The Redskins usually carry nine total linebackers, going with either five inside and four outside or vice versa. So they could be set or perhaps they will bring back Compton or sign another veteran to compete with Spaight for the last roster spot.  

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.