Former Washington Redskins tackle Chris Samuels has accepted an assistant coaching position with his alma mater, the University of Alabama, where he will work with the offensive line while completing his degree.WashingtonPost.com- Chris Samuels joining Alabama as offensive line assistant
Samuels, here in Mobile, Ala. to watch Senior Bowl practices coached by the Washington Redskins staff and attended by Alabama coach Nick Saban, said he is excited to take another step forward in his coaching career. He said he wants to apply lessons learned from Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan while gleaning from Saban’s knowledge.
Drafted third overall by Washington in 2000, Samuels played nine seasons for the Redskins – reaching the Pro Bowl six times – before a spinal condition forced him to retire in March of 2010.
Even though the addition of Samuels appears to be short-term, make no mistake, all parties involved will benefit greatly with Samuels on staff.
Current Alabama offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland, who recently completed his first year at Alabama, oversees one of the most dominate offensive fronts in major college football. The addition of Samuels can only make the Tide stronger in every facet of the offensive line.
The news of Samuels returning to Alabama as an assistant will probably “fly under the radar” in terms of the casual fan, but the addition of a former NFL veteran to any coaching body is invaluable.
Nick Saban, once again, has made a solid addition to his staff.