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Redskins tight ends coach Simmons retires

ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins tight ends coach Rennie Simmons, a holdover from former head coach Joe Gibbs' two tenures with the team, announced his retirement Wednesday.

Simmons, 66, has been an NFL assistant coach for 27 seasons, 18 of those with the Redskins. He first joined the team in 1981 as the tight ends coach under Gibbs and later coached the offensive line and wide receivers. He was on Gibbs' staff during the franchise's three Super Bowl championship seasons.

Simmons left the Redskins after the 1993 season and coached with the Rams, Oilers and Falcons and also spent one season at Vanderbilt. He returned to Washington in 2004, when Gibbs came out of retirement, and remained on the staff when Jim Zorn succeeded Gibbs this season.

"I was fortunate enough to be with Joe all those years and come back again on a second tour with him," Simmons said. "I found out a long time ago, it's not so much where you are at that counts, but who you are with. When you are surrounded by good people and a first-class operation, as a coach, you can't ask for anything more than that. It is just a matter of doing your job as a coach. They give you every opportunity to do that there at the Redskins."

The Redskins also announced that defensive quality control coach Arthur Smith has left the organization to pursue a career in the military.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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