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NFL Rumors: Eagles reportedly interested in Kevin O'Connell for offensive coordinator

NFL Rumors: Eagles reportedly interested in Kevin O'Connell for offensive coordinator

Former Redskins offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell was bound to receive interest after Washington hired Scott Turner to the same position, and it appears a division rival has their eyes on him. 

According to Tim McManus, O'Connell is one of two candidates for the Eagles' offensive coordinator opening along with former Colts head coach Jim Caldwell. Philadelphia fired OC Mike Groh and wide receiver coach Carson Walch Thursday. 

Head coach Doug Pederson calls the plays for the Eagles, so the offensive coordinator position is primarily leaned on for game-planning.

It's unknown whether this would interest O'Connell or not, but if the 34-year-old wants to continue to ascend the coaching ranks, it's important to know the Eagles would not be your typical offensive coordinator job. 

Before Groh took over as offensive coordinator in Philly, Frank Reich held the position during the team's Super Bowl championship season. He was hired as the Colts' head coach the following offseason. 

Some Redskins fans might be worried about the Redskins letting another young offensive mind get away, similar to Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan.

We probably won't know if hiring Turner was the right move or not until the end of next season, but if O'Connell catches on with the Eagles? A division rival? That would not be ideal. 

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5 Chase Young moments Redskins fans will want to see

5 Chase Young moments Redskins fans will want to see

The Redskins finished the year 3-13 and secured the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Bengals, who hold the first pick, figure to take a quarterback. 

On Thursday the Redskins introduced defensive-minded head coach Ron Rivera, who's bringing in Jack Del Rio as his defensive coordinator. Then earlier on Friday, superstar pass-rusher Chase Young declared for the draft

The stars have aligned for Washington. 

They don't have Young yet, but it's never too early to get excited for a no-brainer pick. 

Here are five times Young proved himself as the best player in this year's draft class that Redskins fans will want to see. 

Back-to-back strip-sacks

Beating up on bad teams should be easy for the Ohio States of the world, but Young set a new standard against Miami of Ohio.  

His two sacks on the game came on back-to-back drives he ended with a forced fumble. 

The best pass rushers don't just get the quarterback, they go after the ball to force turnovers too. Young forced six fumbles in 11 games this season. Ryan Anderson led the Redskins in 2019 with five. 

Setting the OSU sack record after nine games

Of all the great pass rushers to come out of Ohio State over the last decade, none of them were able to eclipse Vernon Gholston's sack record he set back in 2007 with 14. 

Young passed Gholston in just nine games. Imagine if he wasn't suspended for two games toward the end of the year.

Young's speed off the ball and hand strength inside is exceptional. It's rare to find a player with a polished skill set like that to go along with incredible athleticism and strength. 

If the Redskins pick Young, he would immediately become their best defensive player. 

4 sacks vs. Wisconsin

Wisconsin might have been Young's best game. 

He finished with four sacks, six tackles and two forced fumbles against a strong Badger offensive line. 

What stuck out in that game was his instincts in sniffing out screens. On multiple plays, Young sensed he wasn't getting blocked, relocated to the flat and destroyed the screen pass behind the line of scrimmage.

Anyone can pin their ears back and go after the quarterback. The best defensive ends have the awareness to diagnose what's happening in front of them and break on it with force. Young showed that over and over again in Columbus last season. 

Handing Penn State the L on 4th-and-5

Ohio State had its biggest test of 2018 when they went on the road to play Penn State. A Dwayne Haskins-led offense came back in the game to give the Buckeyes a lead, but they needed their defense to make one last stop to stay undefeated. 

For whatever reason, Penn State ran the ball on 4th-and-5 and Young blew up the play for a loss to secure the win for Ohio State. 

Young wasn't the bonafide superstar yet that Nick Bosa was at the time, but it sure didn't take him long to emerge on the scene as their next great pass rusher. 

Leading the band

In a change of pace from the dominant football plays, here's a video of Young doing his best impression of a marching band conductor. Enjoy.

While all the signs should point to the Redskins picking Young second overall in April, it's not final until Roger Goodell reads off the card. 

Washington has plenty of time to fall in love with a different prospect, or worse, the Bengals decide to pass on Joe Burrow in favor of Young. 

Until we know Young definitely won't be the pick at No. 2, don't expect the hype to slow down here in DC.

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Jack Del Rio tweets his excitement to join the Redskins

Jack Del Rio tweets his excitement to join the Redskins

I'm sure Redskins fans are excited about their new head coach Ron Rivera bringing in Jack Del Rio as the team's newest defensive coordinator. 

It seems the feeling is mutual. 

Del Rio has had an up-and-down history as a head coach in the NFL, but his defensive acumen is truly special. He's coached a top-six defense eight times and was a part of the defensive staff for the Super Bowl champion Ravens in 2000. 

While we don't yet know who the Redskins are going to take with the second overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, star pass-rusher Chase Young figures to be a pretty good fit.

Del Rio has coached the likes of Khalil Mack, Von Miller and Julius Peppers, so he knows a thing or two about generational edge rushers. 

We're a long way from seeing Del Rio's 4-3 defense get after the quarterback on the field, but after a brutal 3-13 season shrouded in organizational controversy and an unappealing on-field product, the Redskins just might be headed in the right direction. 

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