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New Redskins DC Barry will be under the gun from the start


New Redskins DC Barry will be under the gun from the start

So it looks like it’s going to be Joe Barry as the Redskins’ defensive coordinator after all. Three weeks after parting ways with Jim Haslett, the Redskins are turning to the Chargers’ linebackers coach to straighten out a defense that was mediocre at best during the five years Haslett was in charge.

The hiring of Barry has not been met with a positive reaction from many in the Redskins’ fan base. The main complaint against him was his two seasons as the defensive coordinator of the Lions in 2007 and 2008. Detroit was dead last in the league in both points and yards allowed those two seasons and went 0-16 in 2008.

The Redskins certainly looked at that but they also likely considered the fact that the defensive talent on those Lions teams was awful. Most of the starters on defense were out of the league within a few years of Barry’s time as defensive coordinator.

You can look at the lineup here. Not only is there not a player as good as Ryan Kerrigan on there, they don’t have anyone as good as David Amerson there.

Although Barry’s past is certainly part of the consideration, the Redskins are more concerned about what he can do for them going forward. The word out of Redskins Park was that he had a very impressive interview a couple of weeks ago. This could have moved Jay Gruden and Bruce Allen towards making him their guy.

Barry will have to deal with the knowledge that he was the team’s second choice. They clearly had their sights set on former 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio before he decided to accept a job with the Bears. Within a couple of hours after getting word of that Fangio was gone, word that Barry was in leaked out.

Barry has a lot of work to do. The Redskins’ defense finished 20th in yards allowed and 29th in points allowed. The defense needs a major infusion of talent, particularly in the secondary and along an aging defensive line, if they are going to show significant improvement.

And he has to show that he can do a better job than he did with Lions. He has had six years to look at what went wrong in Detroit and the Redskins hope that he has been able to learn from it.

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

It looks like Ryant Grant has found his new home, again.

After a failed physical with the Ravens, James Jones of NFL Network reports Grant plans to sign with the Colts.


Grant originally agreed to a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens, before the team pulled the offer citing an ankle injury that dated to the Redskins' final regular-season game, according to reports.

Baltimore eventually signed Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal, while Grant had visits with the Colts and Raiders.

His agent, Rocky Arceneaux, says Grant has been working out, running routes, and his ankle had been cleared by Dr. Robert Anderson in a second opinion.

In 2017 with the Redskins, he appeared in all 16 games, with 45 receptions for 573 yards and four touchdowns.


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Redskins bring in another defensive lineman for free agency visit, per source


Redskins bring in another defensive lineman for free agency visit, per source

The Redskins hosted Sylvester Williams for a free agency visit on Tuesday morning, per a source with knowledge of the situation. 

Williams played in 2017 with the Titans, logging 20 tackles in 11 starts. Tennessee released Williams this offseason, just one year into a three-year, $16 million deal. 

Drafted in the first round by the Broncos in 2013, the 6-foot-3, 313 lbs. Williams' stat line has never really popped. That isn't uncommon for a nose tackle though, as the job is less about tackles than it is holding leverage against the interior of an offensive line. 


Should the Redskins sign 29-year-old Williams, it would represent the first true nose tackle free agency addition since Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton joined the team in 2015 from Denver. In an ironic twist, Williams took over at nose in Denver when Knighton left for Washington, and posted his best season as a Bronco. 

Washington restructured its deal with Terrell McClain, reported first by ESPN, which could allow more flexibility to add another defensive lineman. That could come in the draft, but the club has been very active talking with free agents to play on the defensive front. 

On Monday, Johnathan Hankins and Pernell McPhee visited with Redskins officials in Ashburn. Hankins would carry the heaviest price tag, but his past performance would also indicate the most promise. 

McPhee is an edge rusher with enough bulk to play against the run as well. Williams compares more with Hankins, and could be seen as the secondary option.

Among 79 nose tackles Pro Football Focus graded, Williams ranked 36th. For comparison, Bengals star Geno Atkins ranked No. 1, Dontari Poe ranked 26th, former Redskin Chris Baker ranked 65th and current Redskin Ziggy Hood ranked 79th. 

It's also worth noting that since the Titans released Williams, should the Redskins sign the nose tackle, his contract would not count towards the NFL compensatory pick formula. 

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