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Dan Snyder wants 'one voice alone' for the Redskins and it belongs to Ron Rivera

Dan Snyder wants 'one voice alone' for the Redskins and it belongs to Ron Rivera

Redskins owner Dan Snyder stepped to the microphone on Thursday and told the world his plan: His team would have one voice going forward and it belongs to new head coach Ron Rivera.

For about 25 minutes, Rivera took questions and spoke highly of the Redskins organization and many of the team's players. He explained how his relationship developed with Snyder and that both men share a vision of competing for Super Bowls. 

Rivera said plenty, and it will take time to discern all of his words' meaning, but the gut reactions matter too. Here's what stood out most:

  • Meet the new boss - Rivera and Snyder said they want to change the Redskins culture. They said it in a way it's almost impossible not to think about former team president Bruce Allen asserting in an October press conference that "the culture is actually damn good." Of course, Allen was loud wrong on the culture. It wasn't damn good, Snyder recognized it, and hired Rivera to fix it. Rivera understands the task in front of him and plans tio approach his Redskins rebuild with accountability and honesty. The words have been said before, but the delivery seemed sincere.
  • What about everyone else? Rivera is now in control of the Redskins but he's going to need help. He's already hired Jack Del Rio as his defensive coordinator, and Del Rio took in Rivera's press conference from the front row, but the rest of thet staff and front office seem wide open. Rivera said he was interviewing some staff members and coaches. Assembling his staff is an "ongoing" process, according to Rivera, and that included the status of offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell and front office leaders like Eric Schaffer, Doug Williams, Alex Santos and Kyle Smith. Rivera did speak highly of the Redskins last three drafts, and that could reflect fondly for Smith and the front office. 
  • Under center - Asked about rookie QB Dwayne Haskins, Rivera didn't exactly talk much the Redskins signal-caller. Instead, Rivera pivoted to his success with Cam Newton while both men were with the Panthers. Rivera was Carolina's coach when the team drafted Newton No. 1 overall in 2011, and the two experienced tremendous success together. The presumption being Rivers knows how to develop talented young quarterbacks, and Haskins knows that too.
  • Fumble - The press conference got off to a bit of a weird start when owner Dan Snyder opened things up joking, "Happy Thanksgiving." Word is Snyder was trying to cut the tension off the moment with a joke. After that, Rivera looked for a Redskins jersey with his name on it for a photo opportunity. That jersey was not in the position Rivera expected, and eventually, it was revealed no jersey existed. A couple quick stumbles before Rivera settled in and nailed the rest of the media session. 
  • Star-studded - Jack Del Rio wasn't the only famous face sitting in the front row of Rivera's presser. A number of current Redskins players watched their new coach speak, including Jonathan Allen, Adrian Peterson, Derrius Guice and Jon Bostic. Hall of Famer Darrell Green sat upfront along with Ken Harvey and Ricky Ervins. Matt Ioannidis was spotted in the back of the room, along with a number of the Redskins training staff and front office employees. Fans were very anxious to hear from Rivera, and it appears Redskins players and alumni were too. 

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Report: Trent Williams wants a new deal or a trade from Redskins

Report: Trent Williams wants a new deal or a trade from Redskins

INDIANAPOLIS -- While recent meetings between Redskins head coach Ron Rivera and disgruntled left tackle Trent Williams helped repair the relationship between star player and team, the situation isn't resolved.

In fact, Williams still wants to be traded if he can't get a new contract, according to a new report from NFL Network.

Williams did not play a single snap for Washington in 2019. Not one. That came as the result of a cancer scare that he didn't believe was adequately handled by the Redskins medical staff. He also lost trust in former team president Bruce Allen. Importantly too, Williams wanted a new contract with lots of guaranteed money. 

Rivera has overhauled the Redskins medical staff and Allen is obviously gone from the team, but the contract hurdles remain. 

For the Redskins a new deal for Williams might not make a lot of sense. He will turn 32 in July and hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2013. He's also a great player, so perhaps an extension could make sense. 

The best read on the situation is Williams likely won't play on his current contract, which has one-year remaining and a salary-cap charge of $14.5 million. None of that money is guaranteed. 

Right now, it seems like both sides are playing nice. The Redskins don't want to come out and say they're not going to pay Trent. And Trent's side doesn't want to come out and demand a trade. The meetings with Rivera and Williams mattered in that a resolution that pleases both sides is possible. 

What seems impossible, or at least unlikely at this point, is that Williams wears the Burgundy and Gold this fall unless a new contract emerges.

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Redskins are working with Brandon Scherff and view him as 'big part' of their O-line, Ron Rivera explains

Redskins are working with Brandon Scherff and view him as 'big part' of their O-line, Ron Rivera explains

The franchise tag window in the NFL officially opened on Thursday, and the Chiefs have already placed the label on defensive lineman Chris Jones. The deadline for clubs to follow suit comes in mid-March.

So, could the Redskins do the same with Brandon Scherff? That's a question the Redskins Talk podcast asked Ron Rivera directly on Thursday, when the head coach sat down for an interview.

"Well the plan is to continue to work with his agent and see what we can get worked out, more so than anything else," Rivera said. "But Brandon, most certainly, is somebody that we really believe is a big part of our offensive line and we'll see how things work out."

The first half of that answer is fairly general; trying to get things "worked out" is something teams and agents are doing all the time. However, Rivera labeling Scherff as a "big part" of the Redskins' O-line certainly appears to be a clue that, at the very least, they don't intend to let the multi-time Pro Bowler leave.

"I don't want to deal in what-ifs and all that kind of stuff, but again, I know [Redskins Senior VP of Football Administration] Rob Rogers will be working with [Scherff's] folks trying to get something worked out," the coach said.

Scherff's recent injury history, plus issues with penalties in 2019, appear to have caused some fans to shift how they look at him. The 28-year-old is still an absolute force, though, and while Rivera also has to figure out Ereck Flowers' future and consider how Wes Martin fits into this guard equation as well, keeping Scherff in Washington has to be a top priority.

In fact, outside of reaching a solution to the Trent Williams dilemma, retaining Scherff might be the top priority as things currently stand.

Therefore, expect both sides to continue their dialogue, and if the organization senses that more time may be needed, they could use the franchise tag on Scherff to keep him where he is. Then, they can try to finish up negotiations on a long-term agreement, or play him on the tag in 2020, which would be quite expensive but still better than losing him altogether.

The last time the Redskins were involved in a franchise tag conundrum, it was messy and felt endless. If they turn to it again, however, expect the new leadership to handle it in a more professional manner.

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