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When the Redskins brought Raheem Morris on board to be their defensive backs coach, I thought it was a shrewd move. The reports coming out of the OTAs have done nothing to change that.
What I like about Morris is that he has clearly studied the problems the Redskins had last year, and he is doing everything he can to correct them at an early stage.
The safety position was a concern going into this season. Although steps were taken to address it with the acquisitions of Brandon Meriweather, Madieu Williams, Tanard Jackson and Jordan Bernstine, that doesn't seem to be enough for Morris.
Morris is aware that depth is still limited, so he is demanding versatility from every member of his secondary. Mike Jones reported for the Washington Post:
Barnes has taken snaps this offseason at free safety and at one of the outside cornerback positions – a change from last year, where he was charged primarily with covering the opposing slot receiver. Meanwhile, [DeAngelo] Hall and [Josh] Wilson, who last season spent the majority of the time covering receivers on the outside, have both been working to learn that nickelback role. Hall also has taken snaps at safety. Meanwhile, [Cedric] Griffin has seen time at both cornerback and safety.
"A lot of the other guys, we've just been rotating everywhere," Hall said. "Raheem's been stressing guys learning to play everywhere. So, if push comes to shove, with motions, I could wind up playing safety one play, nickel the other. It just gives us more flexibility."
By all accounts, Morris has also been amping up the competitiveness, throwing trash talk at the Redskins receivers while also not being afraid to call out his backs when they mess up their assignments. Giving DeAngelo Hall less to do in coverage can't hurt, either.
Aside from RG3, I'm of the opinion that Morris could be the signing of the year.