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Skins Spotlight: Wide Receiver Coach Ike Hilliard

Posted by Stephen Czarda on June 19, 2014 – 11:13 am


Wide receivers coach Ike Hilliard’s return to the Washington Redskins comes at the perfect time.

A former player himself, Hilliard is a coach that players love to learn from and has the track recorded of proven success.

Already knowing the capabilities and dynamic play-making ability of Pierre Garcon, Santana Moss, Aldrick Robinson and Leonard Hankerson from a previous stint with the team during the 2012 season, Hilliard will also have the opportunity to work with DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts and Ryan Grant this season as well.

With so many weapons at his disposal, Hilliard’s hoping to be “multiple and dynamic going forward.”

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Jon Gruden: ‘How Can I Not Love The Redskins?’

Posted by Stephen Czarda on May 16, 2014 – 11:15 am


Despite being an analyst for ESPN’s Monday Night Football and hosting his own television show each spring with NFL hopefuls, each telecasted to millions, it would have been understandable if Jon Gruden was nervous when he spoke to those in attendance at the 25th annual Burgundy and Gold Banquet. Joe Gibbs, three-time Super Bowl winner and founder and chairman of Youth For Tomorrow, accepted his Lifetime Achievement award just moments before he took center stage.

Big shoes to fill, right?

But he had no choke-ups. With former colleagues sitting just feet from the podium and his brother Jay, head coach of the Washington Redskins, looking on the former NFL coach was at ease.

And he let everyone know that he’s loves the burgundy and gold.

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Day 2 Mini-Camp Leftovers: ‘We Like Ike’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on May 6, 2012 – 9:40 am

Even with the big acquisitions of Pierre Garçon and Joshua Morgan in free agency, one of the biggest additions to the receiver corps in 2012 is expected to be position coach Ike Hilliard.

Redskins fans will remember Hilliard as a member of the New York Giants from 1997-2004, during which he caught 690 yards and seven touchdowns against the Redskins.  Hilliard will be the first to tell you that his 12-year career was founded on sound fundamentals, something that he was brought here to impress on the Redskins wideouts.

You don’t see it in the videos, but Hilliard likes using tennis balls and small cones in his drills.  More on that later.

Time will tell how he adjusts to the job, but he’s a fast-riser in the coaching ranks.  After retiring as a member of Bruce Allen’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Hilliard got right back on the sidelines, volunteering with Jim Haslett’s UFL Florida Tuskers in 2009.  He was promoted to wide receivers coach in 2010, and made it back to the NFL as an assistant receivers coach with the Dolphins last year.

Only four years removed from his playing days, he’s now in Washington to prepare the next generation.  Here’s footage of him working with the rookies and first year players at this weekend’s rookie mini-camp, courtesy of Redskins.comTV’s Larry Michael: Read more »

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Hilliard Teaching, Learning On The Job

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 26, 2012 – 5:17 pm

In his first address to the media since joining the club, Redskins wide receivers coach Ike Hilliard admitted that he isn’t necessarily a finished product on the sidelines.

Being only three years removed from his playing days might make this statement obvious, but it’s also unusual to hear in a league dominated by ego over insecurity.

What attracted him to the Redskins job is the fact that he’ll have a chance to work in a situation where he’ll be able to learn on the job, while sharing his expertise.  Check out the interview below: Read more »

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Hilliard Brings ‘Selfless’ Label To Coaching

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 24, 2012 – 11:14 am

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Yesterday evening, the Redskins announced that long-time Giants and Buccaneers receiver Isaac “Ike” Hilliard would be taking over the reins at wide receivers coach on the staff.

Now, we can finally ‘Like Ike.’

Hilliard was a first round (7th overall) pick by the Giants in 1997.  Over the course of his career, he had 546 receptions for 6,397 yards and 35 touchdowns.  As a division rival, he played the Redskins 14 times, tied for the most against any one team.  He also registered career-bests against the Burgundy and Gold in receptions (52), yards (690), touchdowns (7).

And now he’ll be looking to make more happy memories in Washington–ones that Redskins fans can really appreciate.

Despite the superstar pizzazz that seems to come standard with the receiver position, Hilliard has always had a professional, understated approach, which he can impart on the young receivers in Washington.

And even though most players struggle to make the transition to the sidelines, coaching is a passion for Hilliard.

After retiring in 2008, Hilliard wanted to try his hand at coaching the next season, but no paid positions were available.  So Hilliard joined the staff of UFL Florida Tusker’s head coach Jim Haslett as a volunteer with the wide receivers.

The Tuskers had a perfect regular season in 2009, leading the league in passing and scoring, winning by an average of 15 points.  With the success of the offense, Hilliard earned a promotion to the receivers coach position in 2010, as head coach Haslett departed for the Redskins.

Courtesy of Outside the Huddle with the Florida Tuskers, here’s a look at Ike the Coach, circa 2010: Read more »

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