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Jay Gruden Names RG3 Redskins Starting QB for 2015

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden didn’t waste any time at his Wednesday afternoon conference from the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, stating that “Robert ended the season as the starter and we anticipate that going forward. We’ll go into the season with Robert as our No. 1 guy.”

Who knows how this ties into backup Kirk Cousins working with Jon Gruden this offseason (which, by the way, Jay Gruden claimed he knew nothing about until after Cousins had finished working with his brother).

Now we all need a nap.

Redskins Invite Vernon Gholston for a Tryout

c/o Ed Betz  - AP

c/o Ed Betz – AP

Many probably don’t remember much about Vernon Gholston. But for those who sink their teeth into the draft and everything leading up to it can remember back to 2008 when Gholston set Indianapolis ablaze with his combine performance.

From his 4.67 40-yard dash, to his 37 reps on the bench press, to his 10.5-foot broad jump, Gholston added all the flashy workout numbers to an already chiseled 6’4″, 260-pound frame. It was that performance, that physique, and the fact that he was being compared to guys like John Abraham, Dwight Freeney, and Jason Taylor that pushed the New York Jets to draft Gholston sixth-overall.

Long story short, Gholston spent the next three seasons with Jets, starting just five games and registering zero sacks. He hasn’t played a regular season snap since.

Meanwhile, the Redskins roster is rotten, and it’s in dire need of help at numerous positions.

No, it’s not a guaranteed roster spot. No, it’s not a free agent signing. It’s just a workout. And chances are, nothing firm evolves from it. But as a guy who remembers back to when Gholston was filed on the “INSANELY ATHLETIC, HOLY SHIT EXPLOSIVE” list, I can’t help but imagine this fast/strong/explosive athlete finding his groove at 28 years old (he’ll be 29 in June) and earning a spot on Washington’s roster, only to terrorize opposing quarterbacks and once and for all prove himself as nothing less than a late-blooming football talent.

Odell Beckham Jr. Can Do Everything, Including Viciously Dunk

Just when we thought Odell Beckham Jr. was really really good at footballa, he goes and throws down an insane dunk like this, which may be all the proof we need that he’s a mutant.

Proposition for the leagues: for three consecutive weeks of the NFL season, the NBA allows for LeBron James to line up at wide receiver for the Browns. In exchange, OBJ is allowed to participate in the NBA Dunk Contest.

  1. …because he is really really good at football.  (back)

Tim Brown Describes RG3 as “a Little Different”

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So this is, um, awkward.

On Thursday, Heisman Trophy winner and longtime Raiders great Tim Brown made an appearance on ESPN 980’s The Drive, with hosts Al Galdi, Steve Czaban, and Chris Cooley.

Toward the end of the segment, Brown was asked about Robert Griffin III; and that’s about the time this weird cloud of discomfort began rolling over the airwaves.

(h/t to Dan Steinberg of the DC Sports Bog for transcribing)

I was happy to see him come back the last couple games and play decent, play a lot better than what he had been playing. And I hope that’s enough to give him another shot in D.C., and really give him the confidence that he can get this thing done.

Routine stuff. Pretty neutral.

Brown continued.

But I know RGIII well enough to know that he’s a little different. I mean, I know he is maybe not the brother that you’re gonna be hanging out in the locker room with. And from that standpoint, that’s something that he has to work on.  If he’s going to be a leader, he has to be a leader of everybody in the locker room, and not just one or two guys in the locker room.

This is your oil in a hot pan starting to crackle and pop. This is standing on the frozen pond and hearing the ice begin to snap beneath your feet.

Then Cooley asks, “How is he when he gets together with all the Heisman guys?”

Brown responds.

He’s … he’s tough. He’s a different, guy, you know? And there’s no laughter, there’s no let me get in here with the boys. Everybody’s telling jokes on each other, and nobody’s trying to be mean. But you say something to him and it’s like, ‘oh wow really? Really?’

And this is Tim Brown (kind of, somewhat, pretty much, ehhh) calling RG3 soft, right? As if the young quarterback is too self-conscious to handle jokes and subtle shots amongst his peers?

Brown went on.

So instead of taking it further, what ends up happening is [it’s like] he’s not in the room. So you end up talking around him the whole time. And that’s not cool. Because now you’re literally having to talk around a guy, [when] everybody else is in here having fun and having a jovial time. So I think that’s just something that he has to understand. This is a team sport you’re playing. It’s not golf . If it was golf, brother, I’d say go for it, do what you do. But if you’re going to play a team sport, and you’re going to be the leader of a team sport, you’ve got to loosen up a little bit and be a part of the team.”

You don’t want to make a mountain out of a mole hill — or in this case, a few words from Tim Brown — but this is bad. And perhaps even worse, given what we’ve seen and heard pertaining to RG3 and his time in Washington, it’s all very believable.

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Report: Raheem Morris Leaving Redskins for Falcons

Raheem Morris

UPDATE (01/26/15 @ 11:15 AM): Report is confirmed. Raheem Morris to Atlanta.

It’s not official quite yet, but multiple reports indicate defensive backs coach Raheem Morris will be leaving the Washington Redskins and joining the Atlanta Falcons as an assistant head coach and pass defensive coordinator.

A move like this would essentially put any rumors of Morris sticking in Washington and having an effect on the Redskins next defensive coordinator to rest.

Through All the Smoke, Redskins Hire Joe Barry as New DC

Joe Barry

After interviewing seven candidates for their vacant defensive coordinator job — including names like Wade Phillips and Vic Fangio (!) — the Redskins hired former Chargers linebackers coach Joe Barry to take over and turn around a dismal unit from a season ago.

Why to Like this Hire:

– The last time Barry served as a defensive coordinator was in 2007-2008, when he worked under head coach Rod Marinelli for two years in Detroit. It was that 2008 Lions squad that had the pee-wee defense, the not-much-better offense, and ultimately the 0-16 record. Is is it safe to assume he’s more motivated than ever to turn his career around and show that he’s deserving of a top-coaching role?

– Speaking of which, he probably learned a lot from going winless in a season, right?

“I think the way you grow, the way you get better, it’s not when things are easy and comfortable,” Barry said, according to Zac Boyer of the Washington Times. “When things are tough, that’s when you learn.”

Why to Not Like this Hire:

– Remember the rumor from two weeks ago that Washington had hired Barry as their defensive coordinator? Then Twitter blew up the Redskins, every fan hated the hire, and all of sudden the team was out interviewing other candidates because the job search “wasn’t over yet”. Well, now, yeah — Barry’s the guy.

– Not to speak for everyone, but I’m more concerned about Barry’s only defensive coordinator job coming at the hand of his father-in-law (Marinelli) than I am about the actual 0-16 record he posted when he held the position. Anyone?

– The Washington Redskins were the only team to interview Barry for a defensive coordinator job this year.

– Barry has ties to (guess who!) Bruce Allen. The Tampa Connection stays true.

– And keeping that Tampa Connection in mind, how about this popular rumor, most recently touched on by JP Finlay of CSNWashington:

One popular rumor suggested that should Fangio come, he would bring his assistants, namely Ed Donatell. Bringing Donatell meant the release of current secondary coach Raheem Morris, an assistant coach with ties to Allen from their days in Tampa together. Since that rumor’s proliferation, it has been widely shut down, but what is known now is Fangio and Donatell are in Chicago, and Morris and Barry are in Washington. It should be noted, additionally, that Morris hired Barry in Tampa after he lost his job running the Lions defense.

– With what appeared to be Vic Fangio and Ed Donatell in their sights, the Redskins wound up with a non-sought after linebackers coach who Bruce Allen JUST SO HAPPENS TO KNOW.

Go figure.

Redskins Hire Bill Callahan as Offensive Line Coach

Bill Callahan

According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, the Redskins have hired former Cowboys assistant Bill Callahan to replace Chris Foerster as the offensive line coach in Washington.

This news comes just a couple days following the report that Foerster was granted permission to interview with the Bills, where he’d join the recently hired Rex Ryan in Buffalo.

This is solid step for the Redskins. Sure, the talent needs to be upgraded along the front line, but Callahan is well-respecteda and versatile in style. He’ll fill a position of need in Washington.

Now just keep your fingers crossed for Vic Fangio.

  1. Started his NFL coaching career in 1995, including stints as a head coach in Oakland from 2002-2003, and a college head coach at Nebraska from 2004-2007  (back)

Redskins Wisely Hand the Keys to Scot McCloughan

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With the Scot McCloughan hire now official in Washington, here’s a few more notes regarding the Redskins new general manager and the kick in the ass it gives the organization.

– Covering your eyes and withholding your excitement? No one can blame you. While the addition of a proven guy like McCloughan is great for any team, we all know how good the Redskins a are at screwing things up. You have more than enough reason to stay medium and tread cautiously.

As a healthy argument, however, know this: Scot McCloughan didn’t need to take a job. Sure, he longed to be part of a team again, to lead a front office, to build a Super Bowl champion machine, etc. But from all reports and information, he wasn’t desperate. Instead, he required a perfect situation in which he was provided full control of personnel and front office.

That said, we have no reason to doubt b the Redskins have legitimately handed McCloughan the keys to the team, otherwise he wouldn’t have inked the deal.

— As mentioned before, having Bruce Allen serve as team president isn’t necessarily a bad thing. When it comes to crunching cap numbers, throwing political weight, planning team functions, weighing in on uniform choices, and serving as the team ambassador, Allen fits the bill quite well. And his tight BFF relationship with Dan Snyder could eventually serve as a healthy go-between for McCloughan.

— And yes, according to reports, McCloughan and Allen have a good relationship with one another.

— While I do believe this is arguably the best move Dan Snyder has made since purchasing the team over a decade ago, I also don’t expect this organization to be turned around in a summer. If you read about McCloughan’s style and what he looks to do long-term, that described culture change and strong locker room is impossible to create with the flick of a switch.

Additionally, even as a huge fan of McCloughan’s draft classes as a whole, clearly he’s seen his fair share of misses. But you can say the same thing for every other general manager and talent evaluator out there.

No McCloughan isn’t perfect. No he won’t snipe every mid-round gem in every draft class. No he won’t have the Redskins playing in February next year. The point is, he’s the first knowledgeable, respected football brain this organization has had overseeing personnel since Bobby frickin’ Beathard, and hiring him was the first step in the right direction.

If you’re not excited quite yet, you have a better grasp on your emotions than me. But at the very least, it’s almost impossible to not feel the relief.

  1. ie. Dan Snyder  (back)
  2. I know, I know…  (back)

Report: Redskins to Hire Scot McCloughan as GM

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At one point we were left thinking, “But Scot McCloughan is too good to come to Washington.”

Now, according to multiple reports on Twitter, the Redskins are set to hire Scot McCloughan as their next general manager. As a result, Bruce Allen would then serve as team president.

It should also be noted, however, that others are saying a deal isn’t done yet.

More to come.

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