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Keep an eye on this Bills front office member as a possible 'prime candidate' for Redskins GM

Keep an eye on this Bills front office member as a possible 'prime candidate' for Redskins GM

The Redskins shook up their front office last week, parting ways with Eric Schaffer, reassigning Doug Williams and bringing in Rob Rogers. One thing they didn't do, though? Hire a new general manager.

Washington reportedly will wait to do that until the 2020 draft comes and goes, and if the flow of the team's offseason is any indication, Ron Rivera will have a major say in that decision. Many of the Redskins' new leaders, whether they're coaches, trainers or executives, are guys that Rivera feels comfortable with.

Based off that, keep Joe Schoen's name in mind when the franchise's GM search begins to get serious.

Schoen, who is Buffalo's assistant GM, has never directly worked with Rivera — though he was a scout for the Panthers early on in his career. However, Rivera and Brandon Beane have (they overlapped from 2011 to 2016 in Carolina), and Beane is currently the Bills' GM as well as Schoen's boss.

So, Rivera should have a very clear idea of what Schoen's about and what his potential is, considering Rivera's connection with the man Schoen reports to.

Earlier this month, in fact, JP Finlay reported that a league source told him Schoen could certainly be in play for the Burgundy and Gold. And on the Redskins Talk podcast, Bills beat writer Jay Skurski backed up the thought that Schoen makes sense.

"I'd be surprised if he wasn't a prime candiate for that job," Skurski told Redskins Talk. "Brandon Beane and Joe Schoen are basically tied together at the hip."

According to Skurski, Schoen would've been considered for the GM spot in Cleveland if the Browns had hired Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll to be their next coach. That gig ultimately went to Vikings OC Kevin Stefanski, so Schoen remains in Buffalo.   

Others could certainly emerge in this race as well — CBS believes Morocco Brown is a potential candidate, and there are some who think Rivera may try to pluck current Panthers GM Marty Hurney out of Carolina — but Schoen is a lesser-known option worth learning about.

Nearly all of the key dominoes have fallen in the Redskins' off-field restructuring, with the team now leaning on a new head coach, new coordinators, plenty of new assistants, a new trainer and a different-looking front office. The last one to fall will happen if/when they tab a new GM. Perhaps Schoen will be the one to knock it over.

UPDATE: 3:25 p.m. — The Redskins announced on Monday that they are promoting Kyle Smith to Vice President of Player Personnel in a move that may eliminate the need for a new GM. Here's how Smith now fits into the front office.

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If Luke Kuechly wants to coach, would Ron Rivera hire him for the Redskins?

If Luke Kuechly wants to coach, would Ron Rivera hire him for the Redskins?

One of the best linebackers of the last decade, Luke Kuechly retired from football this week in a move that stunned many. For years Kuechly has dealt with injuries, including multiple concussions, and decided his body could not withstand anymore life in the NFL. 

Or at least being on the field. 

A new NFL Network report suggested that Kuechly could be looking to stay in the game in a coaching or consulting role, and that it could happen this season. 

"I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Luke Kuechly in the NFL. As a player we have," Mike Garafolo said on Good Morning Football.

The natural question for Redskins fans becomes if Kuechly could land in Washington. New Redskins coach Ron Rivera was with the Panthers when the team drafted Kuechly ninth overall in 2012, and the duo worked closely together. It's been widely reported that Kuechly and Rivera have a strong relationship too. 

When Kuechly announced his retirement, Rivera took to Twitter to compare the linebacker to Hall of Famers Mike Singletary and Brian Urlacher. Rivera also said he "will remember Luke’s sense of humor, his leadership & 4 being a great teammate."

The Redskins recently announced their assistant coaches and linebackers coach Steve Russ worked with Kuechly for the past two seasons in Carolina. There is no assistant linebackers coach on the staff, but that's a role that could be created. There are few rules about assistant coaches in the NFL; for example, last season the Redskins employed an inside linebackers coach and an outside linebackers coach because they played a 3-4 system. This year the team will play the 4-3. 

It's unclear what role Kuechly would want, and while the connection to Rivera is obvious, so is the connection to Carolina. 

"Certainly the Panthers would love to have him be a part of their organization in some capacity," Garafolo said. 

What happens next for Kuechly remains unknown. He just retired from football a few days ago. He might need time to make his next series of decisions. 

Based on Rivera's actions so far as the new Redskins boss, however, it would not be a surprise at all if the head coach tries to get Kuechly to Washington. Rivera has hired just about everyone else that was with the Panthers in the last decade; why not add one more?

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Jason Garrett reportedly to stay in NFC East, becomes Giants offensive coordinator

Jason Garrett reportedly to stay in NFC East, becomes Giants offensive coordinator

Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has agreed to become the new offensive coordinator of the New York Giants, according to a report from ESPN

He will join the staff of first-year head coach Joe Judge.

Garrett was recently let go after a 10-year unimpressive stint with the Dallas Cowboys. In that span, he only led the team to three playoff appearances and with that two playoff wins. 

The team underperformed in 2019 after starting the season with Super Bowl aspirations. Stumbling to an 8-8 record, It became clear that Garrett was the not the answer at head coach. Following the end of the regular season, the team decided to go in another direction replacing him with former Packers coach Mike McCarthy.

The Princeton alum led the Cowboys to an 85-67 overall record during his tenure in Dallas.

As a former backup QB for the Giants (2000-03) and Cowboys (1993-99), he has an extensive background in game-planning against the NFC East.

Judge was named head coach on Jan. 7 after spending eight seasons with the Patriots. He was promoted to special teams coordinator in 2015, and also became the team's wide receiver coach in 2019.

Garrett and Judge will be tasked with developing a young roster with some intriguing options at their disposal, as well as the No. 4 overall pick in April's draft.

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