ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — A familiar face may soon be returning to the Washington Redskins.
Earnest Byner, who was the Redskins running back for five seasons from 1989-93, is expected to interview for a second stint as the team’s running back coach this week, according to the Washington Post. A report by Sports Talk Florida earlier Tuesday stated Byner has already been hired.
Byner served in the same capacity on Joe Gibbs’ coaching staff for four seasons beginning in 2004. His coaching career also includes stops with the Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers — all as running backs coach. The 51-year-old was not retained following the dismissal of Greg Schiano in Tampa at the conclusion of the season.
Byner would replace longtime running backs coach Bobby Turner who was informed Monday he would not return next season. Turner was not among the eight assistants initially fired along with head coach Mike Shanahan two weeks ago.
Head coach Jay Gruden, who was hired as Shanahan’s successor on Jan. 9, was to evaluate coaches remaining on team before making final decisions regarding their employment.
Byner would take over instruction of Alfred Morris who has amassed 2,888 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns in two seasons in the league.