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Thread: New Coaches Draw Fins Closer to Prime Time Players

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    CC has coached offense for more than 35 years, including 20 in the NFL, three seasons as NFL offensive coordinator. He spent 2002-15 with Indianapolis, where he was O/C 2010-1 and QB coach 2012-5.

    Prior to Indianapolis, Christensen spent 1996-2001 on the Bucs staff. He served as tight ends coach (1996-98), quarterbacks coach (1999-2000) and offensive coordinator in 2001, where he helped the Bucs reach the NFC playoffs after a 9-7 regular-season finish. Under Christensen in 2001, wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson set the franchise record with 106 receptions, and quarterback Brad Johnson set the club single-season mark with 340 completions.

    Hardegree brings eight years of coaching experience to Miami and spent the 2015 season as an offensive assistant with Da Bears, where he worked under Gase.

    Previously he was an offense Q/C coach for Denver, also working with Gase. Prior to Denver, he spent three years (2011-13) as an intern at LSU, where Jarvis Landry was the team’s leading receiver. He also coached NY Giants wide out OBJ, a two-time Pro Bowl selection and the 2014 Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, and Cincinnati Bengals’ RB Jeremy Hill, who rushed for 1,124 yards as a rookie in 2014.

    spent the past seven years (2009-15) working with the offensive line for the Detroit Lions. He joined the Lions staff in 2009 as an assistant offensive line coach and was promoted to offensive line coach in 2013.

    The '14 Detroit Lions won 11 games, the most in a single season for the franchise since 1991. Washburn’s line helped protect Stafford, who earned Pro Bowl honors by directing the No. 12 passing offense in the NFL (251.9 yards per game). The offensive line was forced to use seven different starting lineup combinations due to injuries and Washburn coached two rookies, T Cornelius Lucas and G Travis Swanson. Swanson started four games and was voted the team’s Rookie of the Year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.

    In 2013, Washburn’s first year as the Lions’ offensive line coach, the unit returned just two starters yet ranked second in the league in fewest sacks allowed, 23. Detroit also finished second in sacks per pass play -- 3.5%, and tied for first in percentage of negative offensive plays 6.9%. The unit allowed 0-1 sacks in 11 games and allowed two or fewer sacks in 14 games. On Nov. 28, the Lions rushed for 241 yds. against Green Bay, the club’s most in a single game since Oct. 12, 1997.

    Overall this confirms Fins tendency toward Lions players, this time moving offensively - ever closer to Matt Stafford. Gase looks like he's got consolidation, and CC is a good link since he used to work with T.Y. Hilton.
    Last edited by Gundermerikan; 01-23-2016 at 06:46 PM.

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