WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The Redskins have hired Ben Kotwica away from the Jets to coach the special teams unit in Washington, 106.7 The Fan’s Sky Kerstein has confirmed.
Kotwica, who Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported interviewed with the Redskins on Tuesday, will fill the void left by first-year special teams coach Keith Burns, held largely responsible for the Redskins miserable, often chaotic, special teams unit in 2013.
This comes hours after the Redskins announced the hiring of Brian Baker, formerly with the Browns in 2013, to coach the team’s outside linebackers.
Jay Gruden’s staff appears to be coming together in Washington. On Tuesday, the team finalized a deal to promote 27-year-old tight ends coach Sean McVay to offensive coordinator, although, Gruden has said he will call the plays on offense.
The Redskins have also had conversation about reuniting with former running backs coach Earnest Byner; a role he held from 2004-2007 in Washington. Byner, who carried the ball for the Redskins in Super Bowl XXVI, was dismissed from coaching Tampa Bay’s backs at the conclusion of the 2013 regular season.