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3 reasons Mike Pettine could make sense as Redskins defensive coordinator

3 reasons Mike Pettine could make sense as Redskins defensive coordinator

The Redskins announced a surprise that Mike Pettine got the first interview for a new defensive coordinator. Here are three reasons why he could be a good hire. 

  • Outside the box - The Redskins have a habit of hiring coaches with a high level of familiarity. Many times, the ties date back to Bruce Allen and Jay Gruden's days with the Tampa Bay Bucanneers. Pettine has none of those ties. While that might not mean much, if nothing else it confirms the organization is casting a wide net in this coaching search. 
  • Impressive results - Pettine served as defensive coordinator for five seasons, four with the Jets and one with the Bills. In those five years, he never had a defense finish below 10th in yards allowed. His passing defenses never finished below 6th in the NFL. 
  • Like Rex, but without the baggage - Plenty of Redskins fans would like to see the franchise bring in former Bills and Jets coach Rex Ryan to serve as defensive coordinator. That seems unlikely, but Pettine might be the next best thing. The former Browns head coach had his best success working with the bombastic coach, getting his start as an assistant and later working with linebackers in Baltimore while Ryan served as D-coordinator. When Ryan got the top job with the Jets, Pettine joined him as defensive coordinator. 

Stay tuned for plenty more updates on the Redskins defensive coordinator search. 

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Redskins getting thin at receiver with two more injured wideouts out on Sunday

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Redskins getting thin at receiver with two more injured wideouts out on Sunday

In August, Redskins fans would freak out if they heard Jordan Reed and Terrelle Pryor would both miss a November game.

In November, that news doesn’t carry much worry.

Washington coach Jay Gruden announced that Reed and Pryor, along with center Spencer Long, won’t play Sunday against the Saints.

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Reed hasn’t played in a few weeks as he is dealing with a hamstring injury. It seemed he might have returned last week before a setback slowed down his progress.

In his place, Vernon Davis has proved to be a sturdy backup capable of some big games.

Long injured his knee and while he played last week, he did not practice this week.

Not having Pryor is a bit of a surprise. His ankle injury popped up this week and he will see a specialist next week to examine the joint. In the middle of a disappointing season, the Redskins offense won’t lose much with his absence.

Elsewhere on the injury list, a number of players will be questionable for Sunday’s contest against the 7-2 Saints.

Perhaps most important, Trent Williams is questionable but will probably play.

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Receivers Ryan Grant and Brian Quick are expected to play after undergoing concussion protocol, but that will leave the Redskins with only three fully healthy wideouts: Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson and Maurice Harris.

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Redskins' Josh Norman earns Week 10 NFLPA community MVP

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Redskins' Josh Norman earns Week 10 NFLPA community MVP

Redskins' Josh Norman is using his platform as a professional football player to help those in need, and this week it earned him NFLPA's community MVP.

The cornerback has been raising funds for youth enrichment programs in the D.C. area, as well as starting a campaign to help those affected in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria. 

Norman's foundation, Starz24, provides backpacks and school supplies for children in need and creates initiatives for students at Jefferson Middle School Academy in D.C.. He recently raised almost $100,000 for Starz24's Imagination Team Rooms, a STEM-based "makerspaces" that will be placed in several inner city middle and high schools. 

Then, when Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria back in September, Norman started a social media campaign to help those affected. The campaign brought in $150,000. Norman also donated $100,000 of his own with part of the money going to the Boys & Girls clubs in Puerto Rico.

I look at it as I’m on this earth to help people and help them be the best that they can be,” Norman said. “I have the means to do so. I’m going to do that.

Every week during the regular season, the NFLPA selects a NFL player who is making a difference in their community. They are going to be making a $10,000 contribution to his foundation or a charity of his choice in addition to an in-kind donation on behalf of their supporting partner, Delta Private Jets.

I am so honored to be recognized by the NFLPA for my work in the community,” Norman said. “All of this work is bigger than football. I want to make an impact in the lives of children who need it most and to help develop those children to help change the future.