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Colt McCoy's mind and body are where they need to be, according to Jay Gruden

Colt McCoy's mind and body are where they need to be, according to Jay Gruden

The 2019 season is just four games old and the Redskins are already mired in a quarterback debate.

On Monday, one day after both Case Keenum and Dwayne Haskins were helpless against the Giants' usually disorganized pass defense, Jay Gruden was asked at his press conference if he was prepared to name a starter for Week 5's matchup with the Patriots.

The head coach will be choosing between Keenum, Haskins and Colt McCoy, and while one may think it'd serve Gruden's team best to know who they'll be playing with come Sunday as soon as possible, he instead declared he'll be using this week to help make his decision.

"When we come back Wednesday morning, we'll have a practice and we'll see where they are at," he told reporters.

There's plenty of speculation about who'll get the call and, as of now, all three seem like they have a chance. But McCoy might be the favorite, considering how Gruden has always been enamored with him and he's more equipped than a rookie to deal with New England's defense.

The main hurdle for McCoy, then, is whether he's physically ready to take on the Pats. But in a one-on-one interview with JP Finlay for the Redskins Talk podcast that'll come out on Tuesday, Gruden explained that he likes where McCoy is as he's trying to come back from a leg injury he originally sustained last December.

"He wouldn't be out there practicing last week if he wasn't healthy," Gruden said. "That was the whole deal. I didn't want him out there practicing until he was 100-percent in his mind. His body is fine now, he's done a lot of rehab, worked his tail off."

"This has been frustrating for him," he added. "This has been frustrating for all of us. Now that he's out there, last week he got a few reps with the scout team, we'll see how he is come Wednesday afternoon."

And that sound you hear is the pro-Haskins crowd clicking out of this story because they're upset with the idea of McCoy taking the field instead of Haskins. They have a right and an argument to be, too, but Gruden's been a McCoy guy for more than half a decade at this point and it doesn't sound like that's changed during the passer's recent absence.

Of course, it's also understandable why Gruden may be leaning toward McCoy, even if it's maddening to some. Those two have been paired together since 2014, which gives them a level of chemistry Keenum and Haskins can't come close to matching.

"It does help that when I call a play we’ve been running for five or six years that you know where to look and what side of the field to read as opposed to seeing it for the first time, like Case and Dwayne," Gruden said at his presser.

It's important to remember that, before he got hurt in August, McCoy was leading the Redskins' three-man QB competition. So if he's back to "100-percent" like Gruden believes he is, don't be surprised if he retakes his place atop the depth chart.

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Report: Bill Callahan to join Browns' staff as offensive line coach

Report: Bill Callahan to join Browns' staff as offensive line coach

Bill Callahan was not unemployed for long.

The former Redskins offensive line coach, who served as Washington's interim head coach in 2019 after Jay Gruden was fired following an 0-5 start, is joining the Cleveland Browns staff, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

The 63-year-old will reportedly serve as the Browns' offensive line coach, a title he has over two decades of coaching experience of.

Callahan served as the Redskins offensive line coach from 2017-2019. He worked his way up the coaching ranks in both college and the NFL as an offensive line coach for over a decade before the Raiders hired him as offensive coordinator in 1998. He was later promoted to head coach in 2002 and spent two seasons at the helm before leaving for the same position at Nebraska.

After a four-year tenure as head coach at the University of Nebraska ended in 2007, Callahan returned to the NFL as an offensive line coach for the Jets. He spent the next 12 years as an offensive line coach for three different NFL teams before he was named the Redskins interim head coach in October.

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Scott Turner won the Redskins offensive coordinator job over Kevin O'Connell, per source

Scott Turner won the Redskins offensive coordinator job over Kevin O'Connell, per source

There has been plenty of speculation as to why new Redskins head coach Ron Rivera decided to hire Scott Turner as offensive coordinator, and now a source tells NBC Sports Washington the answer is simple. 

Turner won the job competition. 

Many expected 2019 Redskins offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell to maintain his position when the team hired Rivera as their new head coach earlier this month. That didn't happen. 

As Rivera moved quickly to assemble his coaching staff, the biggest question seemed to be running the offense and working with second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Rivera interviewed O'Connell and Turner for the job, and asked to interview former Giants head coach Pat Shurmur. 

Shurmur declined the interview, and at that point, a source explained that Rivera then made his decision to go with Turner over O'Connell. 

So why Turner? 

Both candidates got their first experience calling plays last year after an in-season firing to the head coach. The results weren't great for either coach, but Turner's game plans involved more play action passing than O'Connell. 

Turner's resume working with Cam Newton and Teddy Bridgewater mattered, as did the plan Turner presented for working with Haskins. 

It's important to note that Rivera had years of experience working with Turner, as well as his father Norv Turner. That mattered too, and one source explained Rivera "believed" in Turner. 

While O'Connell landed in a strong spot as offensive coordinator for the Rams, he won't be calling plays. Coaches don't like giving up control, particularly offensive coaches giving up play calling. For O'Connell, maybe that will change in LA, but it will take time. 

Some Redskins fans have a bad habit of assuming the worst. That maybe Turner got the job because O'Connell passed on it. That's not the case, per multiple sources.

Ron Rivera wanted his guy, and that's why Turner got the job. 

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