After a year with the Washington Redskins’ coaching staff, Jon Embree suddenly felt the urge to go on an African safari.
After all, the then-Redskins’ tight ends coach was playing in the same conference as the Bears and the Lions.
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Over his coaching career, new Redskins tight ends coach Jon Embree has worked with some of the best the game has had to offer: he coached Marcedes Lewis to his best college season, worked with Daniel Graham when he excelled at Colorado, and — most notably — worked with Tony Gonzales for three productive years in Kansas City. Now he gets a chance to add not one but two more talented tight ends to his resume, and he’s understandably enthused.
“I think what you try to do as a player, or as a coach, you gotta get your best players on the field,” he told Larry Michael of Redskins Broadcast Network on Inside The Redskins. “And if there’s two of them at the tight end position you find a way to do it. Chris Cooley gives you, I think, a lot of advantages and mismatches against defenses as far as how they cover him. He’s good in the run game, so he can do some things to help you in the run game. You can line him up in different places and move him around to help create mismatches for other people. And then Fred [Davis], Fred’s a guy that got to play a lot last year because of injuries to Chris and I think Fred’s a guy that’s just kinda scratching the surface of what he could be. So I think you’ve gotta find a way to get both of them on the field at the same time and help your offense.”
That’s a pretty good challenge for a coach to face, I’d think.
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The 2010 Redskins coaching staff is really starting to take shape now, as the team today named Kyle Shanahan offensive coordinator, Matt LaFleur quarterbacks coach and Jon Embree tight ends coach.
Shanahan — son of head coach Mike Shanahan — has long been reported for this position, and I’ll have a little more on him in just a bit. But the other two names were newer to me.
Matt LaFleur, as near as I can tell, must have become Kyle Shanahan’s right-hand man somewhere along the line. As an offensive assistant in Houston last season, LaFleur (pictured to the right with John David Booty) worked with the quarterbacks while Shanahan ran the offense; the year prior LaFleur worked with the wide receivers.
So all the gaudy numbers that are attached to Kyle Shanahan and the Houston offense — first in the NFL in passing with 4,654 yards! fourth in total offense with 6,129 yards! — have to reflect at least a little bit on LaFleur as well.
Which is pretty impressive for a guy who came to the NFL from Division II Ashland University. LaFleur described the transition in a December 2009 profile in the Saginaw (Michigan) News:
“Honestly, it was pretty overwhelming at first,” he said of coaching in the NFL. “It’s exposed me to a level of football I’d never seen before.
“When you go from Division II to the NFL, you’re amazed at how good these guys really are.”
Despite the aw-shucks tone of those quotes, the rest of the article — and LaFleur’s swift rise through the coaching ranks — paints him as a guy to keep an eye on.
There’s not a lot out there about new tight ends coach Jon Embree, but what there is seems promising.
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