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Can Phil Taylor be productive for the Redskins after missing three seasons?

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Can Phil Taylor be productive for the Redskins after missing three seasons?

The Redskins are going to try to get some productivity out of nose tackle, Phil Taylor, despite the fact that he has missed the last three seasons with injuries. Here is a little bit of history on players who attempted comebacks after extended absences. 

RB Robert Edwards gained 1,115 yards rushing for the Patriots in his rookie 1998 season. He then suffered a devastating knee injury in a flag football game that was part of the Pro Bowl festivities. After missing three years he got back on the field with the Dolphins, playing 12 games and rushing for 107 yards. His comeback was one and done but he did. 

—The path of RB Ricky Williams isn't quite the same as the one Taylor is trying to take but it’s close enough. After five years in the NFL, he retired in 2004. He came back the next year, but he sat out the 2006 season due to a substance abuse suspension. Williams played just one game in 2007. In 2008 he got back to full-time duty with Miami and he played for four more years. At the age of 32 in the 2009 season, he rushed for 1,121 yards.


—The stuff hit the fan QB Michael Vick after the 2006 season. After making three Pro Bowls in his first six years in the league, a suspension and time in jail put him out for the 2007 and 2008 seasons. He signed with the Eagles in 2009 and he attempted just 13 passes. Vick returned to the Pro Bowl in 2010 at the age of 30 and played four more years after that. 

—In 2001, CB Deion Sanders decided that he would rather retire than play for old-school Redskins coach Marty Schottenheimer. He was 33 at the time and he seemed to be done. However, after three years on the sidelines he got the itch again he signed to play for the Ravens. Sanders picked off five passes in two seasons before hanging it up for good after the 2005 season. 

While at first glance this partial history might bode well for Taylor’s comeback chances, it should be noted that of the four players here, only Edwards missed extended time due to an injury. And he was only 24 when he was injured so the age factor might come into play. 

You also have to look at the hundreds of players who were injured and never came back. Adam Carriker was 28 in Week 2 of the 2012 season when he suffered a quad injury similar to the one that Taylor sustained last year. Carriker was coming off of two seasons as the starter at defensive end and he had 5.5 sacks in 2011. In the ensuing years, he got a few tryouts, but he never did make it back to play in another game. 

On the plus side for Taylor, you can’t make it back if you don’t have a chance and the Redskins have given one to him. We will see if he can make the most of it. 


Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


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New head coaching candidates uncomfortable with Redskins power structure, per report

New head coaching candidates uncomfortable with Redskins power structure, per report

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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Redskins at Packers Week 14: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

Redskins at Packers Week 14: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

The Washington Redskins (3-9) take a two-game winning streak to Wisconsin to take on the Green Bay Packers (9-3).

The game will serve as a reunion for a couple of former Redskins. First-year Packers head coach Matt LaFleur was the Redskins' quarterbacks coach from 2010-2013, and linebacker Preston Smith spent the first four seasons of his career in Washington before joining Green Bay this year.

LaFleur has led the Packers to a 9-3 record, including a 31-13 rout of the New York Giants last week, and Smith leads one of the league's top defenses in sacks. The Redskins took down the underperforming Carolina Panthers 29-21 last week thanks to a dominant performance from Derrius Guice.

The Packers lead the all-time series 20-16-1, however, the Redskins have won the last two matchups, both of which were played at home. Washington's last win in Green Bay came in October 1988.

Here's everything you need to know about their Week 14 matchup:


Who: Washington Redskins (3-9) vs. Green Bay Packers (9-3)

What: Week 14 of the 2019 NFL regular season

When: Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, 1 p.m. ET

Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisc.

TV Channel: FOX

Live Stream: Stream on FuboTV, Pregame and postgame coverage streaming on

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Spread: Packers, -12.5

Over/Under: 42

Weather: 40 degrees, mostly cloudy


8:30 a.m.: Pro Football Weekly

9:00 a.m.: Redskins Talk: Week 14

10:00 a.m.: Inside the Redskins

11:00 a.m.: Redskins Coaches Show

11:30 a.m.: Redskins Nation

12:00 p.m.: Redskins Kickoff Live

4:00 p.m.: Redskins Postgame Live 


Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 8, Redskins at Eagles (L, 32-27)

Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 15, Cowboys at Redskins, (L, 31-21)

Week 3: Monday, Sept. 23, Bears at Redskins, (L, 31-15)

Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 29, Redskins at Giants, (L, 24-3)

Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 6, Patriots at Redskins, (L, 33-7)

Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 13, Redskins at Dolphins, (W, 17-16)

Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 20, 49ers at Redskins, 1 p.m. (L, 9-0)

Week 8: Thursday, Oct. 24, Redskins at Vikings, 8:20 p.m. (L, 19-9)

Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 3, Redskins at Bills, 1 p.m. (L, 24-9)

Week 10: BYE

Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 17, Jets at Redskins, 1 p.m. (L, 34-17)

Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 24, Lions at Redskins, 1 p.m. (W, 19-16)

Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 1, Redskins at Panthers, 1 p.m. (W, 29-21)

Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 8, Redskins at Packers, 1 p.m.

Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 15, Eagles at Redskins, 1 p.m.

Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 22, Giants at Redskins, 1 p.m.

Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 29, Redskins at Cowboys, 1 p.m.