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When, and where, will Kyle Shanahan be a head coach?


When, and where, will Kyle Shanahan be a head coach?

So much has changed in the years since, it's hard to remember just how dynamic the RG3-led Redskins offense of 2012 looked. Washington brought the read-option to the NFL on a wide scale, and with it, flipped defenses upside down. The architect of that offensive revolution? Kyle Shanahan.

Make no mistake - what Robert Griffin III and the Redskins did in 2012 was revolutionary. Sure, some teams would occasionally employ read-option looks in the NFL, but Shanahan created an entire scheme that paralyzed defenses with Griffin's running ability, and opened up the play-action pass in a way not seen since his father Mike Shanahan changed John Elway's Denver offense's in the late 1990s with bootlegs and outside zone run plans. As electric as RG3 looked as a rookie, hardly any of it would have been possible without Kyle Shanahan's creativity.


We all know what happened after - RG3 vs the Shanahans and the ensuing meltdown of 2013. Fast forward to Week 5 of 2015, and none of that matters now, as the Redskins defense will face an offense led by Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta. The Falcons, oh by the way, look great. Off to a 4-0 start and fresh of scoring nearly 50 points in a win over Houston, Shanahan has QB Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones playing the best football of their careers. Moreso, much like he did with Alfred Morris, Shanahan is turning little-known Devonta Freeman into a fantasy football force. 

So we asked the Junkies to think back on Kyle Shanahan, and the guys stated what is becoming very clear: Soon, Shanahan will be a head coach. How soon? John "Cakes" Auville said as soon as next year, and even suggested that the Dolphins should hire him. Miami just fired Joe Philbin, and will almost certainly be looking for a new coach this offseason. Another landing spot Cakes mentioned, the Detroit Lions, would have plenty of offensive weapons in Calvin Johnson and the sometimes erratic Matthew Stafford. Jason "Lurch" Bishop didn't give exact landing spots for Shanahan, but said firmly, "he will be a head coach." Check out the full video above. 

It's crazy to think three years ago the groundwork was set for Shanahan to succeed his father and take over the Redskins. Time flies. While the Redskins are obviously now off the table, Shanahan's stock is rising. Where will he land next? And will it be as a head coach? Let us know what you think in the comments. 

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Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report


Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report

Free agent pass rusher Pernell McPhee visited the Redskins on Monday, and by Tuesday night a report emerged that Washington offered the veteran outside linebacker a contract.

Last week, Trent Murphy signed with the Buffalo Bills and things remain uncertain between the Redskins and Junior Galette. That means the organization has a need for an edge rushing linebacker, and that's exactly the role McPhee can play. 

A 29-year-old that played the last three seasons with the Bears, McPhee posted 14 sacks while in Chicago. Prior to his time with the Bears, McPhee was a solid contributor on some good Ravens teams. 


His best season in Baltimore came in 2014 when he posted 7.5 sacks. That's also the last season McPhee played a full 16 game schedule. He's missed 12 games over the last three years in Chicago. 

McPhee could provide the Redskins with solid veteran depth at outside linebacker, and he's also considered a plus defender against the run. With Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith cemented as the starting outside linebackers, if signed, McPhee would pair up with Ryan Anderson on Washington's second unit. At 6-foot-2 and 275 lbs., McPhee carries more weight on his frame than either Kerrigan or Smith. 

Pro Football Focus gave McPhee a strong grade for the 2017 season. He notched a +11.5 and ranked 13th out of 46 outside linebackers graded. For comparison, Broncos star Von Miller ranked 1st at +57, Kerrigan ranked 8th at +22.9 and Galette ranked 10th at +16.2.

It's unclear what a move for McPhee would mean between the Redskins and Galette, but it's hard to imagine it helps.

Free agent Johnathan Hankins also visited Washington on Monday, and while he plays an interior defensive line position different from McPhee, it's also unclear what this offer would do to any negotiations between the Redskins and Hankins. 

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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.