Redskins Lose Linebackers Coach To UCLA

by Grant Paulsen

In a development first reported by The LA Times, Redskins linebackers coach Lou Spanos will be leaving Washington’s coaching staff to join the UCLA Bruins as their new defensive coordinator.

A team source confirmed the report to 106.7 The Fan on Tuesday afternoon.

Spanos, hired by Mike Shanahan in Jan. 2010, spent two seasons coaching linebackers in Washington. He spent the first 15 years of his NFL coaching career as an assistant on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive staff.

A Tulsa graduate from Pittsburgh, Pa., Spanos initiated his NFL career as an intern in the Steelers’ scouting department. He was promoted to a job as a defensive assistant after one season. Spanos’ role as the defensive coordinator of the UCLA Bruins presents the long-time assistant with an opportunity to coordinate an entire defense.

The 18th-year coaching veteran is the third member of the Redskins’ 2011 coaching staff to depart, and the first to do so by choice. Wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell and safeties coach Steve Jackson were relieved of their duties last week.

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