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Redskins Retain Jackson As Safeties Coach


The Redskins have retained safeties coach Steve Jackson on the coaching staff and hired Sean McVay as offensive assistant, the team announced on Jan. 22.

Jackson originally joined the Redskins in 2004 as passing game coordinator/safeties coach, guiding the late Sean Taylor to two Pro Bowl appearances (2006-07) -- the first Redskins safety to do so since Mark Murphy (1983).

Under Jackson, safety LaRon Landry finished this past season with a career-high 98 tackles, leading the secondary and finishing third on the team in that category. Fellow safety Reed Doughty recorded career highs in tackles (93), solo tackles (77), sacks (two) and interceptions (one), while finishing fourth on the team in tackles.


The Redskins secondary ranked tied for eighth in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game (207.3) in 2009.

"Steve brings a great knowledge of the defensive backfield and has a good feel for our current personnel," Redskins executive vice president/head coach Mike Shanahan said. "He is an excellent teacher and will be instrumental to what we are trying to accomplish defensively in Washington."

Prior to coming to Washington, Jackson worked as the safeties/third down coach for the Buffalo Bills following a nine-year playing career. Entering the NFL in 1991 as a third-round pick by the Houston Oilers, the former defensive back played in 127 games, with 28 starts, and finished his career with 14 interceptions and nine sacks.

Jackson's best season as a player came in 1993 when he played in all 16 games, starting 12, with a career-high five interceptions. He ended his career with an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIV against the St. Louis Rams in 2000.

McVay joins the Redskins following an undefeated regular season with the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League (USFL), where current Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett served as the head coach.

The Tuskers finished a perfect 6-0 before losing in the UFL's inaugural championship game. He worked as the Tuskers quality control/wide receivers coach last season after working with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an offensive assistant in 2008.

"Sean is a young, energetic coach who comes from a great football background," Shanahan said. "We are excited to have him on our staff."

During his time in Tampa Bay, McVay worked closely with wide receiver Antonio Bryant, who recorded career-highs in receptions (83), receiving yards (1,248) and touchdowns (7) en route to winning The Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year Award.

McVay graduated from Miami University (Ohio) where he played wide receiver, earning Miami's Scholar-Athlete Award in 2007.

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