Surprising titles for Gibbs' veteran staff

Updated: February 3, 2004, 4:31 PM ET
Associated Press

ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs will have two assistant head coaches, plus separate offensive and defensive coordinators, when he returns to the sidelines after an 11-year retirement.

Nearly all of the names have been public knowledge for weeks, but some of the titles were surprises when the Redskins announced Gibbs' veteran-laden staff Tuesday.

Former Buffalo coach Gregg Williams was listed as "assistant head coach defense," while Greg Blache is defensive coordinator and defensive line coach. Blache spent the last five seasons as Chicago's defensive coordinator.

Joe Bugel, who built "The Hogs" as offensive line coach under Gibbs in the 1980s, returns as "assistant head coach -- offense." Don Breaux, the running backs coach during Gibbs' first stint, is the offensive coordinator.

As expected, longtime NFL offensive guru Ernie Zampese will be a consultant for the offense.

Gibbs' son, Coy Gibbs, was given an entry-level position, making Joe Gibbs the third consecutive Redskins head coach to have a relative on his staff.

Stan Hixon, receivers coach at LSU, will hold the same job with the Redskins. The only holdover from Steve Spurrier's staff is defensive and special teams assistant Kirk Olivadotti.


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