ASHBURN, Va. — The Washington Redskins have fired defensive coordinator Joe Barry and other members of the coaching staff.
The team on Thursday announced the firings of Barry, defensive line coach Robb Akey, defensive backs coach Perry Fewell, and head strength and conditioning coach Mike Clark. Coach Jay Gruden said Monday he thought ultimately it would be his call about which members of his staff were retained.
Barry spent the past two seasons as the Redskins' defensive coordinator, and they ranked 28th in the NFL in each of them. Washington allowed 377.9 yards a game this past season en route to going 8-7-1 and missing the playoffs.
The Redskins had the worst third-down defense in the league and were 24th against the run and 25th against the pass.
Bills: Tyrod Taylor has sports hernia surgery
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor is having surgery to repair a sports hernia that contributed to a groin injury he sustained this past season.
The Bills confirmed on Thursday that Taylor was having an operation shortly after the quarterback posted photos of himself in a hospital gown on his Snapchat account. The Bills said they were informed on Wednesday of Taylor's decision to have surgery after he met with William Meyers, a Philadelphia-area-based sports hernia specialist.
Taylor previously said he intended to get a second medical opinion this week on the severity of the injury. He went 7-8 this season and was benched in Buffalo's 30-10 season-ending loss at the New York Jets last weekend.
Taylor first appeared on the Bills injury report with a groin injury in the week leading up to a game at Oakland on Dec. 4.
The operation comes at a time when the second-year starter's future is uncertain in Buffalo.
In restructuring his contract this year and signing him to a five-year contract extension in August, the Bills retained the right to opt out of the deal by March. Next season's portion of the contract, worth about $30 million including bonuses, is guaranteed if Taylor is unable to pass his physical.