Biggs: Redskins add an LB coach, moving to 3-4?

The Washington Redskins made a move that might be a strong indication the team will be switching to the 3-4 defense under new coach Mike Shanahan and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett.

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says that is exactly what is going on as the Redskins have hired longtime Pittsburgh Steelers defensive assistant Lou Spanos as their linebackers coach.

Haslett has experience with the 3-4 and there have been rumblings that the Redskins will lean in that direction with some idea pieces in place with tackle Albert Haynesworth, defensive end Andre Carter and outside linebacker Brian Orakpo.

What that means for current linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti remains to be seen. He’s well thought of and the New York Post reported today that he could emerge as a potential candidate for the defensive coordinator job that is open with the New York Giants.

The Redskins announced the retirement of veteran offensive line coach Joe Bugel today but have yet to send out a release in regards to the fate of defensive coordinator Greg Blache, who was replaced Tuesday when Haslett was hired. Blache has one year remaining on his contract.

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