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Redskins Hire Sherman Lewis As Offensive Consultant

Oct 6, 2009 – 5:38 PM
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sherman lewisOnly five teams in the NFL have scored less points per game than the Washington Redskins through four weeks, but that's not even the worst part about the 'Skins on offense thus far. They've offered up this futility against some really bad defenses the past three weeks -- the Rams, Lions and Buccaneers. Thus, it's pretty obvious something needed to be done.

Tuesday, the Redskins announced a new hire -- no, not a new head coach or quarterback, as many fans seem to want. The Redskins has brought Sherman Lewis aboard as an offensive consultant. Lewis hasn't coached since 2004 under Steve Mariucci for the Lions, but, before that, he compiled an incredibly impressive resume.

Lewis, 67, has four Super Bowl rings in his illustrious coaching career. In addition to tutoring Mariucci's Lions, he served as offensive coordinator for the machine that was the 2000-2001 Minnesota Vikings and the Brett Favre Packers (of the '90s). He also served as a running backs coach and later wide receivers coach for the 49ers' dynasty in the 1980s. He's had a hand in coaching the likes of Favre, Daunte Culpepper, Randy Moss, Cris Carter, Robert Smith, Roger Craig, Jerry Rice, John Taylor, Favre, Sterling Sharpe and many other successful offensive stars. He's credited as one of the innovators of the famed West Coast offense.

"The Redskins contacted me and told me they wanted a fresh set of eyes, and I intend to provide just that," Lewis said. "I am grateful to join this offensive team and an organization with such a great tradition. I am looking forward to working with Jim Zorn, Sherman Smith, Joe Bugel and the rest of the coaching staff."

Lewis and Zorn have what Redskins vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato referred to as a commond bond, which is that both worked for Mike Holmgren in the past. "His track record humbles us all," Cerrato said.

While there was no official word, it seems as though Lewis has been brought in to ease the workload of Zorn, who serves as both the head coach and offensive coordinator.

"We're happy to have Sherm's set of eyes and voice to help us as we continue to find ways to create success on offense," Head Coach Jim Zorn said. "I am excited to have him on the staff and welcome his input."

Sherman will begin immediately for the 2-2 Redskins, who will visit Carolina to square off against the Panthers this coming Sunday.
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