Redskins head coach Jim Zorn was the first Seattle Seahawks quarterback and played there for nine seasons. He also spent nine of the last 11 years as an assistant coach in Seattle.
Now you see why he went back to his roots to help out his current team. Today Washington signed three former Seattle Seahawks to fill in for injured Redskins.
The biggest name was running back Shaun Alexander. The Redskins signed the former MVP to back up Clinton Portis, who is having his own MVP-type season. Not only will Alexander rejoin Zorn but his former running backs coach in Seattle, Stump Mitchell. I'm not that thrilled of the signing, but I don't think it could hurt.
The Redskins also signed punter Ryan Plackemeier to replace rookie Durant Brooks. Plackemeier spent the last two seasons in Seattle but was, himself, cut after a poor showing in Week 1 of this season.
Last but not least, the Redskins added safety Mike Green. Green, the final pick of the 2000 draft, spent the last two seasons in Seattle. He missed all of 2006 with a lisfranc fracture and was a backup in 2007. He will replace Reed Doughty, who was placed on injured reserve.