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Yet Another Coach Named: Chris Foerster

Posted by Matt Terl on January 21, 2010 – 4:36 pm

The Redskins today named Joe Bugel’s successor as offensive line coach, hiring Chris Foerster (pronounced FUR-ster). Foerster spent the last two years in San Francisco, where they were high enough on him to initially block the move D.C., according to the Sacramento Bee.

In fact, Singletary said today that he initially denied the Redskins’ request to interview Foerster. Forester’s family, however, is still in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area from the time that Foerster coached with the Ravens. When Foerster asked for the chance to return to the east coast, Singletary said he couldn’t deny it. “For me, family is important,” Singletary said. “I could not not do that — give him a chance to be closer to his family.”

Which was sort of a relief for me to hear, at least: whenever a guy is hired away from another team without an obvious promotion, I tend to find myself wondering in the back of my head why they let him go. In this case, at least, it seems it wasn’t without a struggle.

Full press release — including more statistics on Foerster’s career — after the jump.

LOUDOUN COUNTY, VA – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have named Chris Foerster offensive line coach.

Foerster, who will enter his 18th season coaching in the NFL, spent the last two years as the offensive line coach of the San Francisco 49ers. In 2009, Foerster’s line helped running back Frank Gore rush for 1,120 yards, the second-highest total of his career and his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard season. Gore also set a career-high with 10 rushing touchdowns and earned his second Pro Bowl selection.

“Chris has had a tremendous success working with and developing some of the games top offensive linemen,” Redskins Executive Vice President/Head Coach Mike Shanahan said. “He is an outstanding football coach, a great communicator and excels at helping his players reach the next level.”

Foerster was originally hired as the 49ers co-offensive line coach on February 15, 2008 before assuming the title of offensive line coach in Week 8 of the 2008 season.

Foerster’s 2008 line helped pave the way for running back Frank Gore’s third consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season, while also blocking for an offensive unit that ranked fifth in the NFL in plays of 20-or-more yards (64). In the final eight games of the season, the offensive line limited opponents to two sacks per game after allowing four sacks per contest during the first half of the year.

During his 17-year NFL coaching career, Foerster’s teams have combined for a 147 wins, which includes nine playoff appearances and two championship games. During that time, he has coached at least one Pro Bowl player in 11 of those seasons.

Prior to joining the 49ers, Foerster spent three years (2005-07) as the offensive line coach and assistant head coach for the Baltimore Ravens. Under Foerster, tackle Jonathan Ogden made the Pro Bowl in all three seasons. In 2007, the offensive line cleared the way for running back Willis McGahee to rush for 1,207 yards, the second-highest total of his career, and earn a trip to the Pro Bowl.

Before joining the Ravens, Foerster served as the offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins (2004), tight ends coach for the Indianapolis Colts (2002-03) and offensive line coach for the Tampa Buccaneers (1996-2001). While in Tampa Bay, Foerster helped three players make a combined five Pro Bowl appearances – Tony Mayberry (1997-99), Jeff Christy (2000) and Randall McDaniel (2000). As the assistant offensive line/tight ends coach for the Minnesota Vikings (1993-95) Foerster helped guard Randall McDaniel reach three Pro Bowls.

With a total of 27 years coaching experience, Foerster also made an impact in the collegiate ranks, serving as the offensive line coach for the University of Minnesota (1992), assistant offensive line/special teams coach for Stanford (1988-91) and offensive line coach for Colorado State (1983-87). He began his coaching career in 1982 as a graduate assistant at Colorado State after a successful career with the Rams as a center from 1979-82. Foerster originally joined the Rams football team as a walk-on before earning a scholarship as a sophomore.

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