Redskins' McVay coaches up tight ends

Redskins' McVay coaches up tight ends
December 10, 2011, 1:23 am
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Four years into his coaching career and in his first season as an NFL position coach, Sean McVay has had several new experiences.The Redskins tight ends coach lost Chris Cooley for all of training camp and then for good after five games. This week, McVay had to deal with Fred Davis suspension, Logan Paulsens elevation to starter and the re-addition of Dominique Byrd.After practice Friday at Redskin Park, I talked to McVay about the aforementioned topics.Question: With Freds suspension, how much extra work has been put into getting your guys ready?Answer: I havent really had to put too much extra work in these guys are professionals and they do a great job of preparing themselves. Obviously, we might have to do a little bit more as far as familiarizing the new guys with some of the terminology. But Logan is ready to step in like when Chris went down earlier this year and he did a great job filling in on our two-tight end packages. Were very confident hell do a great job filling in with Fred not being able to go.Q: How many different things will Logan be asked to do? (Paulsen was primarily a blocking tight end but has seven catches for 95 yards).A: Hell be asked to do the same exact things we were asking Fred and Chris to do during the season. Were fully confident hes ready for that challenge and that hell do a good job.Q: Freds season is over, but what strides did he make this year? (Davis year ended leading the Redskins with 59 catches for 796 yards).A: Fred did a great job this season. He got much better in all phases, got a certain comfort level with the offense, and was able to make some plays with us.Q: New England has two young tight ends in Rob Gronkowki and Aaron Hernandez. Did you get evaluate them entering the draft?A: I didnt get a chance to see them but you do see them week-to-week on the highlights and when we have cross-over games. Theyre both excellent players for them. It will be a good challenge for our defense.Q: When you have two tight ends like that or like Chris and Fred, what kind of options does that present in play-calling?A: Ultimately its a week-to-week thing, to be able to have that in the pass and run game with two versatile guys. I definitely think it makes you more versatile, being able to run it out of a bunch of formations and pass it out of a bunch of formations.Contact OHalloran at rohalloran@comcastsportsnet.com