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Golden looking ahead to Miami in 2013

Golden looking ahead to Miami in 2013

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Miami coach Al Golden's office sits above the Hurricanes' weight room. He can see and hear just about everything that happens when his team is going through its workouts.

And with the offseason program under way, Golden said what's going on during those sessions is ``almost perplexing.''

He meant that in the best possible way. Instead of being down about one season ending, his team, he said, is already eager for what's coming next.

Golden wrapped up his second year at Miami on Tuesday, insisting that he and his staff are ``not going anywhere,'' giving defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio - whose group gave up more points and yards this season than any team in school history - a strong vote of confidence. Golden laid out part of his recruiting plan and above all else, said his young team this year will be even better in 2013.

``Despite all of the things that we were not this year - and we were not a lot - there's a lot of things we need to correct, which is good,'' Golden said. ``We could have been in the championship game. You've got to give yourselves that opportunity. I think those kids see that now. Got to give yourselves those opportunities, and the way you do that is eliminate the things that cause you to lose and eliminate distractions. So I think there's a sense of excitement.''

Miami finished the season at 7-5 overall and 5-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division. The Hurricanes would have been in the ACC championship game this weekend if not for a second consecutive self-imposed postseason ban prompted by a lengthy NCAA investigation into the school's compliance practices.

Instead of getting ready for Florida State, the Hurricanes are already in the weight room, getting ready for Florida Atlantic - next year's first opponent.

``We're just trying to move forward,'' Golden said. ``We are. We're just trying to move forward. We have a great group coming back. I'm excited. I hope our fans are excited.''

Some of Golden's strongest comments Tuesday were about D'Onofrio, his longtime friend. Miami's defense was often criticized this season, after giving up 366 points and 5,842 yards in 12 games.

Golden said Miami's youth and inexperience on defense played a huge role in those numbers.

``Mark should be as mad as anybody,'' ``Imagine coming to the University of Miami and having to play a bunch of kids. Imagine being saddled with that. He's the one who should be mad. ... And he is mad. And he's going to fight. Everybody wants this change or that change. He ain't a quitter. He's not a quitter. None of us are. This staff will be together.''

Miami should bring back 20 starters - quarterback Stephen Morris and ACC rookie of the year Duke Johnson among them - next season. If Golden has his way, the entire coaching staff would be back as well. Golden has met with about 50 or 60 potentially returning players since the Hurricanes' season ended with a 52-45 win at Duke over the weekend, including those who are draft-eligible underclassmen.

Five players left early last season, with three getting drafted much later than they expected and one not getting taken in the draft at all. Last year, after the draft, Miami instituted a policy forbidding players and their families from speaking with agents until a player's eligibility was exhausted or that player had permission from the university for such a conversation.

In short, Golden would prefer players wait to see what the NFL advisory committee tells a player about his draft status, instead of relying on the word of prospective agents.

``Some guys left for 20 cents on the dollar,'' Golden said. He said the policy, which was modeled after what some other schools use, was designed to ``protect our young men because clearly, some guys, it was tough on them last year. ... I think there was some misinformation last year.''

So while recruiting his own players to stay, Golden is also recruiting new ones, of course. Miami expects to sign about 15 players this winter, some of whom will be on campus when the second semester starts in January, and add them to a crop of about 14 redshirted players and all the returnees.

Golden said the looming NCAA sanctions aren't often asked about by prospects. Miami sat out a bowl last year, then the ACC title game and another bowl - possibly the Orange Bowl - this season, so there are many in the Hurricanes camp hoping that the worst is over, at least when it comes to postseason eligibility.

``I think we're on the right kids,'' Golden said. ``We've been honest with them. I think they know where they stand. ... There's not really a lot of concerns. We made a significant sacrifice here. It wasn't just one postseason game - it was three postseason games, it was a chance to play in a championship game, and obviously a chance to play our archrival and play in a BCS game. So we've given up significantly and we're moving forward.''

Golden said he does not plan to watch Georgia Tech - which got into the game because Miami chose not to play - meet Florida State for the ACC title.

``I hope I'm at a recruiting dinner, trying to get someone that's going to help us get into that game,'' Golden said. ``Again.''

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Doug Williams says Redskins will listen to draft trade offers but a trade up is unlikely

Doug Williams says Redskins will listen to draft trade offers but a trade up is unlikely

The Redskins aren’t in the quarterback business, so it’s highly unlikely that they will look to trade up in the first round of the draft on Thursday. But their phones will be open for business to move down. 

Speaking at the team’s pre-draft press conference, Doug Williams didn’t rule out trading up from the team’s first-round spot at 13thoverall but he doesn’t think it’s likely. 

“The chances of trading up might be a little slimmer than trading down,” he said. 

Williams said that the phones in the room will be ringing and that they will listen to any offers. But usually the team that wants to move up initiates the call and because the Redskins are set at one particular position they probably won’t pick up the phone. 

“If we were in the quarterback business, which is what this league is about, if we were in the heavy quarterback business we’d talk about moving up,” he said. “At this time, we can sit back and see what comes up if we stay at 13.”

The Redskins are set at quarterback after they traded their third-round pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller for veteran Alex Smith to replace the departed Kirk Cousins. Williams thinks that the Redskins already got good value from the pick. 

“When I think about Alex Smith, I say we got the best third-round pick in the draft,” he said. “I don't care what nobody says. You can't get a better third-round pick.”

Because they think they got a good player, albeit an older one, with that pick, the Redskins are not necessarily looking to make a deal to move back and recoup that pick on draft day. 

Williams emphasized that in order to move back, you have to have a team that wants to trade up. Often that is easier said than done. 

“They don’t just call you to ask you, they have to get a player that they want,” said Williams. “At that particular time, they’re afraid that somebody else might pick him. They might call you to ask you if you want to move back . . . If we move back, that’s because somebody called us to see if we want to move back.”

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Why the Redskins should take a serious look at Virginia Tech’s Terrell Edmunds

Why the Redskins should take a serious look at Virginia Tech’s Terrell Edmunds

NBC Sports Washington’s four-part digital series ‘E-Boyz’ -- chronicling the illustrious past, decorated present and bright future of the Edmunds family -- is NOW LIVE. Check out a new episode daily, leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft. Watch the second episode above and more here.

Many Redskins fans are hoping the team secures a defensive back in the first round by landing a guy like Derwin James or Minkah Fitzpatrick. But if Washington opts to address a different position in Round 1, there'll be a quality safety available in the middle rounds in Terrell Edmunds.

Terrell, the brother of top-10 prospect Tremaine, is projected to be taken in the third or fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. As of now, the Redskins don't have a selection in the former, but a trade could change that. They pick 109th in the latter.

"Terrell possesses high end speed and explosion traits that are coveted for his position," writes NFL.com. "He has man cover talent against big targets and should step right into a role on the coverage units for special teams."

With D.J. Swearinger and Montae Nicholson, Washington's starting safety tandem is taken care of on paper. Nicholson was injured often as a rookie, though, so depth is needed behind him. And their special teams have been leaky for quite some time, providing the Virginia Tech Hokie a place to make an immediate impact while he works his way into the defensive rotation.

It's a rotation he would likely feel at home in, too. Edmunds is more than comfortable talking trash, so if he does become a Redskin, he'd fit right in alongside the likes of the fellow vocal guys like Swearinger, Josh Norman and Quinton Dunbar.