Redskins Name Olivadotti ILB Coach, Confirm Returns of Burney and Morris
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ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — The Washington Redskins confirmed Thursday former University of Georgia assistant Kirk Olivadotti is returning as inside linebackers coach following a three-year absence from the franchise.
Additionally, the team confirmed defensive line coach Jacob Burney and defensive backs coach Raheem Morris will be retained.
Olivadotti previously spent 11 seasons in a variety of capacities with the Redskins and is one of just 11 assistants to have accrued 10 or more years with the franchise.
He began his career in Washington in 2000 under head coach Norv Turner as a defensive quality control coach while assisting with defensive backs. He would remain in that role for four seasons under three different coaches — Turner, Marty Schottenheimer, and Steve Spurrier.
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Upon the return of Joe Gibbs in 2004, Olivadotti transitioned from the secondary to helping on special teams. He stayed in that role until 2006 when he became a defensive line assistant.
In 2007, Gibbs’ final season with the team, he took over duties as linebackers coach. He continued to serve in that capacity during the Jim Zorn era through 2009.
When Mike Shanahan took over as head coach in 2010, Olivadotti was moved to the role defensive assistant.
The following season he left Washington to become the inside linebackers coach at Georgia.
The 40-year-old is credited with developing first-round draft picks Jarvis Jones of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Alec Ogletree of the St. Louis Rams while in college. Third round selection Akeem Dent of the Atlanta Falcons also starred under Olivadotti at Georgia.
Burney, 54, was an original member of the coaching staff assembled by Shanahan upon his arrival in 2010. 2014 marks his fifth season as defensive line coach.
Morris, 37, became Washington’s defensive backs coach in 2012 after his was fired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following three seasons as head coach.