MOBILE, Ala. Ike Hilliard did just about everything as a player 546 catches in 161 games but is humble enough to admit, I was fortunate enough to fool people for 12 years.
Now the Redskins receivers coach, he hopes to take the knowledge and football acumen it took to fool people and make the position group make many more big plays this year.
Its a different ballgame, Hilliard said after practice Wednesday. The time thats spent trying to detail what needs to be detailed in order to get these guys all the information they need to be successful, you appreciate the preparation that needs to be put in.
Upon his retirement after spending time with the Giants and Tampa Bay, Hilliard got his start as a volunteer assistant in the UFL with Florida under coach Jim Haslett and offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. His last stop was assistant receivers coach with the Miami Dolphins.
I was fortunate enough to transition right after I finished playing to the UFL, Hilliard said.
Ive been around it a very short amount of time and Ive learned so much. No, I dont have it all figured out. Not even close. Ive been blessed enough to be in a position where I can hopefully share my experience, both good and bad, with the guys going forward.
Hilllard hopes the transition to the Redskins is quick. Playing for Sean Payton and Jon Gruden, he said he was in the Redskins style of offense for all but one year of his career.
Obviously, my experience is not going to be what defines who I am as a coach, Hilliard said.
Im looking forward to soaking up as much as I can and transfer the information to the receivers.
Im familiar with the concepts. The terminology is something Im going to have to continue to grind on.
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