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Cavanaugh won't return as Jets' QBs coach

Cavanaugh won't return as Jets' QBs coach

NEW YORK (AP) Matt Cavanaugh will not return as the New York Jets' quarterbacks coach after four seasons with the team.

Cavanaugh's contract was due to expire in a few weeks and he was told Monday he would not be part of Rex Ryan's staff next season. Cavanaugh was responsible for the development of Mark Sanchez, who took a step back in his fourth season and was benched late in the year.

The Daily News first reported that Cavanaugh would not be back.

In early December, Cavanaugh acknowledged that Sanchez was ``inconsistent,'' but defended the quarterback and called him ``very talented.''

``I know he's getting smarter,'' he added. ``I know he's making better decisions overall.''

But it was Sanchez's lack of sound decision-making that landed him on the bench for one game after he threw four interceptions and fumbled away the final snap at Tennessee on Dec. 17. Sanchez's 52 turnovers over the last two seasons are the most in the NFL.

Cavanaugh also had the difficult task of juggling having Sanchez as the starter and the popular Tim Tebow as the backup quarterback. It was a situation Cavanaugh called ``a learning experience'' earlier in the season.

Cavanaugh's departure is the first of what will likely be several changes on Ryan's staff. Special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff retired, and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine turned down a contract extension earlier in the season and is reportedly garnering interest from the Buffalo Bills for a similar position.

Offensive coordinator Tony Sparano might also be out after one season following the Jets finishing 30th in overall offense. Sparano was hired last March to replace Brian Schottenheimer and to turn around an offense that struggled mightily. Instead, the former Miami Dolphins head coach wasn't able to jump-start the running game or figure out a way to use Tebow consistently.

The team has not addressed any coaching decisions since the season ended on Dec. 31, other than owner Woody Johnson saying in a statement that Ryan would return for a fifth season. Both Johnson and Ryan were scheduled to address the media on Tuesday at the team's facility in Florham Park, N.J.

New York is also searching for a new general manager after Mike Tannenbaum was fired following seven seasons in the position. San Francisco director of player personnel Tom Gamble was considered by many to be the front-runner, but he has attracted interest from several teams.

The Jets were also scheduled to speak to Marc Ross, the Giants' director of college scouting, and in-house candidate Scott Cohen, the team's assistant GM under Tannenbaum, on Monday. New York previously interviewed Atlanta director of player personnel David Caldwell.

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Washington fans get emotional on Twitter with reports of 'Redskins' being retired on Monday

Washington fans get emotional on Twitter with reports of 'Redskins' being retired on Monday

Monday will reportedly mark the end of a certain era in Washington football, as the team is expected to retire the name 'Redskins.'

Washington's football franchise was founded in 1933, and the team became the 'Washington Redskins' when the franchise moved from Boston to the nation's capital in 1937.

Over that span, Washington has won three Super Bowls, two NFL championships (pre-NFL-AFL merger) and had over 30 players inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

So, as fans found out Sunday evening that the 'Washington Redskins' were soon to be a thing of the past, many of them became emotional on Twitter about the team's successes over the years.

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Report: Washington will reveal new team name on Monday

Report: Washington will reveal new team name on Monday

Washington will reportedly retire the name 'Redskins' on Monday, but could the organization reveal the team's new moniker, too?

According to Mike Jones of USA TODAY, that's exactly what the team plans to do.

Jones' source would not reveal what the team's new name will be. Potential replacement names such as the Warriors, Redtails and particularly the Red Wolves, have grown popular on social media.

Whether Washington will formally introduce a new name on Monday is still unclear. While Jones reported that the team will reveal its new name, Ben Fischer of the Sports Business Journal reported the team has yet to finalize what the new moniker will be. Additionally, Washington could have some trouble trademarking its new name.

Washington first announced it was undergoing a "thorough review" of its name on July 3 after several major sponsors publicly pressured the team about changing the name.

"This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field," Washington owner Dan Snyder said July 3.

Regardless if the new name is announced Monday or not, a change is imminent. NBC Sports Washington and multiple other sources have reported that the team will not play another game as the 'Washington Redskins' ever again.

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