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A college coach?

A college coach?

I'm going to label this up front as pure speculation, but I have a theory that I want to put out there.

Two weeks ago, the Redskins announced that they were going to wait until after the Super Bowl to make a coaching announcement. That game was played on February 3. We all thought that this meant that Dan Snyder was waiting to interview the Giants' Steve Spagnuolo, something he did for the better part of two days.

So, the Redskins waited two weeks for nothing, right? Minus Spags, the pool of potential coaches is the same now as it was then, right?

Not so fast.

Another major football event took place a few days after the Super Bowl. Wednesday was NCAA signing day, the day that college football recruits formally commit to the institution of higher learning of their choice. The few weeks leading up to that are critical for college football programs. Years have been invested in trying to woo a given star player to State U and if the coach of State U were to bolt for the pros two weeks before signing day all that effort could well be wasted. A player who wanted to play for a particular coach just might decide to go elsewhere.

However, after that recruit signs on the line there is little recourse if the coach leaves. The player commits to the school, not to the coach. It may be wrong for a coach to leave as soon as the ink on the contracts is dry, but nothing prohibits him from doing so.

So, was Snyder waiting for the first week in February not only because it marks the end of the NFL season but it also marks the start of open season on college coaches?

The one NCAA coach in which Snyder has demonstrated an interest is Pete Carroll of USC. Carroll also demonstrated an interested in the job. They met a few weeks ago in St. Louis and at the time the time both sides "decided not to pursue" the possibility, according to the AP story.

Neither side wanted the fact that the meeting took place to become public knowledge. It happened "early in the process" , perhaps in the first week after Joe Gibbs announced his retirement on January 8. Nobody knew about it until the NFL Network reported it on January 27.

The issue likely was control. It's been pretty well established that Carroll would want something close to complete control if he was going to take an NFL job and Vinny Cerrato is standing in the way of a Redskins coach having that.

But what Snyder giveth, Snyder can taketh away. Should he want to remove that obstacle to hiring Carroll, he could simply announce that the new coach and Cerrato would "share responsibility" for player personnel, meaning that Carroll would make the decisions and Cerrato would make the coffee.

It would be a bit stickier to get around the fact that the coordinators have been hired, but maybe Carroll could decide that he will work around that in exchange for an eight-figure annual salary.

I probably have wasted an hour of my life typing this and I apologize if you've wasted the five minutes it took to read it. If I had to bet right now, I'd put my money on Jim Fassel. But the longer it takes, the more improbable possibilities come into play.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—All-Redskins mock, fast-fading interest in Dez

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—All-Redskins mock, fast-fading interest in Dez

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 21, five days before the 2018 NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington

Should the Redskins pursue Dez Bryant? This topic was one like a meteor, very hot for a short period of time before it quickly faded out. It started to heat up as soon as the Cowboys cut Dez (about a month too late) and when it was reported that he wanted to play against Dallas twice a year it really picked up steam. But then people started to actually think and figured out that signing Bryant didn’t make much sense for the Redskins. Add to that the reports that the Redskins had no interest and would not look into signing Dez in the future and the Redskins fans quickly lost enthusiasm for the topic.

Seven-round Redskins mock draft—I think that most Redskins fans would be happy with this mock. Well, I’ll say some Redskins fans, most is a pretty strong word in this case. 

Is the draft pool deep enough for the Redskins to trade back? There is plenty of talk about the Redskins trading down in the first round to recoup the third-round pick they gave up in the Alex Smith trade. But they need to be careful. Many consider the draft to be top heavy and they may lose their chance to pick up an impact player if they trade back too far. The question then becomes one of quality vs. quantity. 

Three questions as offseason workouts get underway—There will be plenty more questions that we can ask about this team. But we don’t really know what to ask before the draft, particularly when it comes to the defensive line and running back. One the personnel settle into place we will know what we don’t know. 

Tweet of the week

On Chris Cooley’s thought that the Redskins might try to trade back and get Da’Ron Payne in the draft and the use the assets obtained to move up to get Derrius Guice. 

This is related to the questions about trading back. On paper it looks like a good idea, assuming the Redskins want Payne. We’re pretty sure they would like to have Guice but we haven’t heard as much about the Alabama defensive lineman. 

I had many reply that Guice won’t be there in the second round. It’s possible, perhaps even likely, but you just don’t know. There was zero chance that Jonathan Allen would be there at No. 17 last year, right? 

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCS.


Days until:

—OTAs start (5/22) 31
—Training camp starts (7/26) 96
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 141

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Redskins' schedule "rest disparity" is very fair in 2018

Redskins' schedule "rest disparity" is very fair in 2018

The NFL started taking into account a new factor when putting together its schedule this year. The concept is called rest disparity. It stems from a complaint made by the Giants last year. And, of course, when the Giants have a cold, the NFL sneezes and immediately does whatever it takes to cure the cold. 

Here is how Peter King laid it out this morning on the MMQB:

Last year, I heard the Giants were not pleased with their schedule because they felt they were too often playing teams more rested than they were. In consecutive October weeks, they played teams coming off byes, for instance. The NFL calculated a figure for every team based on the number of combined days of rest for their foes or for the team, calculating, for instance, in those two weeks, the Giants were a minus-14 (minus-seven for each of the foes, Seattle and Denver, coming off byes). In all, by my math, the Giants were a league-worst minus-22 in “rest disparity.”

So the schedule makers worked to minimize the rest disparity this year. According to King, the worst rest disparity in the league this year is minus-11. The Giants are minus-eight. 

The question that Redskins fans will have immediately here is if the Giants’ rest disparity was reduced at the expense of the team in burgundy and gold. The answer that will surprise many is no. 

The Redskins rest disparity in 2018 will be either minus-one or zero. The variance is due to the possibility that their Week 16 game in Tennessee will be flexed to a Saturday game (see details here). If the game stays on Sunday, they will be at minus-one in rest disparity. If it gets moved, they will have had exactly as much rest over the course of the season as did their opponents, in aggregate. 

If you're interested in the nitty-gritty, here is how it breaks down. In eight or nine of their games, they will have had the same amount of rest as their opponents. They play one game coming off of their bye, a Monday night game in New Orleans. The Saints play the previous Sunday, giving Washington a plus-seven in days of rest. That is canceled out when they play the Falcons in Week 9 after Atlanta’s bye. 

Due to their Thanksgiving game, they get three extra days off going into their Week 13 Monday night game in Philadelphia. Two weeks later the Jaguars will have those three extra days of rest when they host the Redskins, having played on Thursday in Week 14.

They lose a day relative to their opponents coming off of those Monday night games against the Saints and Eagles. The Redskins get an extra day prior to visiting the Giants in Week 8 as New York has a Monday night game in Week 7. 

So far, that comes to minus-one in rest disparity. That will remain in place if they play the Titans on Sunday, December 23. If the game is flexed to Saturday, they will gain a day of rest on the Eagles in Week 17, zeroing out the rest disparity for the season. 

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Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.