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Mitchell Joins Staff, Byner Not Retained

The Redskins have added Stump Mitchell to the coaching staff, naming him assistant head coach-running backs on Wednesday.

Earnest Byner, the Redskins' running backs coach from 2004-07, was not retained.

Mitchell joins new Redskins head coach Jim Zorn in making the move from Seattle. Mitchell spent the last nine seasons as the Seahawks' running backs coach.

During that time, Seattle's running backs recorded 1,000 yard seasons seven times. He tutored Ricky Watters, Shaun Alexander and Maurice Morris, among other backs.

In 2005, Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander rushed for a franchise record 1,880 yards and broke a NFL record with 28 touchdowns.

Alexander earned NFL MVP honors and his third Pro Bowl berth in 2005.

"Stump is an excellent teacher," Zorn said. "He's been a running back in this league and I've gotten the opportunity to know him well during our time together in Seattle. I've seen first-hand how he teaches and he is a great addition to our coaching staff."

Prior to joining the Seahawks, Mitchell served three seasons as head coach at Morgan State University (1996-1998). He spent the 1995 season as offensive coordinator at Morgan State before being promoted to head coach the following season.

His coaching career began in 1991 as the running backs coach with the San Antonio Rough Riders of the World League of American Football (later re-named NFL Europe).

From 1992-94, Mitchell was the head football coach at Casa Grande High School in Arizona

Mitchell was drafted in the ninth round of the 1981 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He spent his entire career with the Cardinals (1981-1989).

Mitchell still ranks first in Cardinals franchise history in total yards with 11,988 and ranks second with 4,649 rushing yards on 986 attempts and 32 touchdowns.

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