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Leading LaFleur to Lambeau: Redskins' connections paving the way

Leading LaFleur to Lambeau: Redskins' connections paving the way

Matt LaFleur's nomadic career has moved him across the country into different locker rooms in different cities, preparing him for the opportunity to coach at the highest level. 

LaFleur's NFL coaching career began in 2008 when he was hired by the Houston Texans as an offensive assistant.

Two years later, he was on his way to the nation's capital to help mold the two new quarterbacks drafted by the Burgundy and Gold, Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins.

"I just think I learned so much from Mike Shanahan and Kyle Shanahan," LaFleur said during an appearance on NBC Sports Washington's DC Sports Live. "Just being around guys like Sean McVay, and a lot of great coaches, a lot of great memories that I took from that experience."

In 2014 he ventured to South Bend, Indiana, to become the the QB Coach at Notre Dame.

The following year he returned to the NFL, rejoining Kyle Shanahan, who served as the OC during their time together in Washington, on his staff in Atlanta as their new QB Coach.

In 2017 he moved to Southern California to become the offensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Rams under his former colleague from D.C., Sean McVay, who remained the primary play caller.

In 2018 he moved to Nashville, to take the reins as the OC and play caller for the Tennessee Titans. 

On Jan. 8, he was named head coach of the Green Bay Packers, packing his bags up north.

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Charley Casserly learned a lot from the late Bobby Mitchell

Charley Casserly learned a lot from the late Bobby Mitchell

As the Washington Redskins family continues to mourn the passing of the legendary Bobby Mitchell, former GM Charley Casserly weighed in on how much he took away from knowing Mitchell.

“Bobby Mitchell was a dear friend and mentor to me during my time with the Washington Redskins,” Casserly begins. “He took me under his wing. He taught me scouting.”

Casserly first met Mitchell when the former was just an intern getting his start in the business. Rather than push him aside, Mitchell imparted upon Casserly the importance of attitude and demeanor.

“He taught me how to be a professional in the workplace,” the former GM continued. “He cared about people in the community. That’s what, to me, separated him from many other people.”

Mitchell’s longest-lasting impact is his role as one of the first players of color to integrate the Redskins back in 1962, but his role as a mentor and friend to so many in the Washington area lives on as well.

As Casserly says, Mitchell is sorely missed already.

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Brian Mitchell was 'truly impressed' by Redskins legend Bobby Mitchell: Great football player, better human being

Brian Mitchell was 'truly impressed' by Redskins legend Bobby Mitchell: Great football player, better human being

Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell died on Sunday at the age of 84, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Mitchell, who became the first black player on the Redskins when he was traded to Washington in 1962, had a significant impact on another former Redskin, Brian Mitchell, both on and off the field. 

“He was a great football player but I think 25,000 times more of a human being,” said Brian, who was drafted by the Redskins in 1990. 

As Brian grew closer with the Hall of Famer, he was especially impressed by his efforts to fight for equality in the African American community.

“I knew that he was the first African American to come to D.C. and play, but then when I began to find out more about him he was the guy that was out there fighting, a social activist, doing things to help out our black community, which truly truly impressed me,” Brian expressed.

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Brian took great pride in not only knowing the Hall of Famer but having the same last name. 

“I remember someone asking if I was a relative and he said 'no.' And then he told me, he said ‘every time you ran another touchdown, I was like he’s a cousin. Oh, that’s my boy, that’s my son,” Brian said. 

To this day Brian strives to be as influential as Bobby was.

“This one man who did so much had so much impact on so many people throughout this community, it said a lot to me. He’s going to be sorely missed. We love you Bobby, take care,” Brian said.

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