The college football world was put into a frenzy this past Saturday, as Alabama quarterback and potential 2020 NFL Draft No. 1 overall pick Tua Tagovailoa injured his hip vs. Mississippi State. He underwent surgery on Monday and will miss the remainder of the season.
Doctors anticipate a full recovery for Tagovailoa, but the Alabama QB will almost certainly be unable to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine in February. Once the consensus No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, how much will his draft status be altered?
Even with Tagovailoa's status uncertain, the 2020 NFL Draft us still loaded at the quarterback position. Will teams look to LSU's Joe Burrow or Oregon's Justin Herbert as the answer?
Outside of quarterback, this draft is expected to be loaded with pass rushers and wide receivers.
Will the trio of Alabama's wide receivers -- Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III and DeVonta Smith -- all be first-round picks? What about Clemson's Tee Higgins and Oklahoma's Ceedee Lamb?
Ohio State's Chase Young will steal all the headlines at pass rusher, but LSU's K’Lavon Chaisson and Iowa's A.J. Epenesa are both sure to be first-round picks. Where do they end up?
As we saw with Tagovailoa, things can change in an instant. The draft order is still uncertain, as there are still several weeks or football to be played. But there are plenty of impact players in the 2020 Draft to help a plethora of teams.
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The NFL levied fines for unnecessary roughness to the Redskins linebacker Ryan Anderson and Panthers special teamer DeAndrew White after they delivered hits that forced opposing players to exit the game between the two teams in Week 13.
Anderson was ejected for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Panthers tight end Greg Olsen in the third quarter. Olsen exited the game with a concussion and didn’t return. He’s been declared inactive ahead of Carolina’s Week 14 matchup with the Atlanta Falcons.
Redskins fans were disgruntled with the referees for ejecting Anderson but allowing White to stay in the game when the crown of his helmet caught the facemask of Redskins punt returner Trey Quinn. Quinn was also pulled from the game with a concussion and has been declared inactive for Week 14.
Washington went on to win the game, 29-21.
Both players were given the same fine of $28,075 for their respective hits.
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The Redskins might struggle to get the new head coach they want due to the organization’s unique front-office structure, according to a new report.
Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reported that some potential head coaching candidates are not sure they can properly function in Washington under the leadership of team president Bruce Allen and the existing front-office infrastructure.
“My understanding is they've gotten some pushback on the current structure of the organization from some of those candidates,” Breer said during an appearance on 106.7 the Fan’s Grant and Danny program.
The Redskins fired head coach Jay Gruden after he opened the season 0-5 and promoted Bill Callahan to interim head coach. In the weeks since Callahan took over, Washington is 3-4 and on a two-game win streak with the Green Bay Packers on tap this Sunday.
While Callahan has stabilized the Redskins to some degree, it seems highly unlikely that he keeps the job in 2020. It’s also unclear if Allen will remain as team president and football boss. NBC Sports Washington and other reports have shown that Allen is under more scrutiny than ever in his 10-year tenure as team president and could be gone after this season.
It’s been a rough year for Allen, as the team is in the middle of an awful season and standout left tackle Trent Williams has called him out personally for ugly tactics during a contract holdout.
What that means going forward remains to be seen.
Breer said NFL teams are starting to make covert outreach to potential coaching candidates, particularly college coaching candidates, and that the team is getting “pushback” because of the existing power structure.
"My sense is that they've already gotten the feeling that the head coach search is going to be affected by the way that the building has operated for the last 10 years," Breer said.
The past 10 years mark Allen’s tenure, the era of no playoff wins and many, many embarrassing situations.
If coaching candidates have reservations, it’s hard to blame them.
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