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Jay Gruden not expecting Redskins to make trade but will 'entertain' offers before deadline

Jay Gruden not expecting Redskins to make trade but will 'entertain' offers before deadline

Sitting at 5-2 and riding a three game win streak, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden does not expect his team to be much of a player before the NFL trade deadline.

He didn't fully close the door either. 

"We’ll entertain offers and all that stuff but right now with the roster the way it is and some of the injuries that are kind of lingering it’s just going to be hard to add another body. We’d have to make a roster move and I don’t know if we have the ability to do that right now," Gruden said Monday on the Redskins Talk podcast

Washington is sitting in first place of the NFC East largely thanks to its defense and run game. Against New York on Sunday, the defense shut down the Giants offense while Adrian Peterson rushed for 149 yards and scored two touchdowns. 

The recipe is working, for now, and while Gruden said last week the team might be interested in help at the receiver position, it now seems the coach is content with his team.

"You never know. We’ll wait and see," he said. "I like the team we have. I really don’t think we need any changes right now."

Gruden's comments about roster flexibility make sense. 

Offensively, lingering injuries for Jamison Crowder and Paul Richardson seem to be impacting any moves at wideout. Additionally, the team will be able to bring rookie Trey Quinn off the injured reserve list this week, and for him to make the roster, somebody must get released. 

Defensively, Troy Apke was moved to the IR on Monday, which opens up one roster spot. Still, Gruden seemed content with rookie corner Greg Stroman filling in for veteran Quinton Dunbar while he deals with a nerve injury. 

"Dunbar has missed a couple games but Stroman has gotten some valuable experience," the coach said. "Dunny will be back so I think our cornerback group will be fine."

Add it all up, and it sounds like the Redskins Park phones won't be too busy before the NFL's 4 p.m. trade deadline on Tuesday. 

Then again, never say never.

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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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