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Kevin O'Connell? Lincoln Riley? A rundown of potential Redskins head coach candidates

Kevin O'Connell? Lincoln Riley? A rundown of potential Redskins head coach candidates

Things are changing in Redskins Park.  

Washington relieved head coach Jay Gruden of his coaching duties early Monday, stating that "the team has clearly not performed up to expectations." Offensive line coach Bill Callahan will assume head coaching duties in the interim.

While Callahan will be the interim head coach for likely the rest of the season, the Redskins will make a full-time hire during the offseason. So who will the Burgundy and Gold be targeting?

Here is a way too early look at the potential head coaches for the Redskins in 2020.

The first name that comes to mind is Kevin O'Connell, the current Redskins offensive coordinator. At just 34 years old, many around the league consider O'Connell to be one of the bright, young football minds in the game. Washington has had multiple young coaches on their staff in the recent past that have gone on to be successful head coaches elsewhere: Kyle Shanahan, Sean McVay, and Matt LaFleur to name a few.

O'Connell could be the next to follow down that path if the Redskins choose to go a different direction.

Another name that will be considered is Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy. He's in his seventh year with the Chiefs and his second as the offensive coordinator. In his first year as the offensive coordinator, Bieniemy's group ranked first in the NFL in points and yards per game. Of course, that helps when Patrick Mahomes is playing quarterback, but Bieniemy still deserves a lot of credit. The Redskins likely won't be the only team seeking his services in the offseason.

Former Jaguars quarterback and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich is another name that will be considered. Leftwich is only 39 years old but has plenty of experience as both a player and coach in the NFL. Under Leftwich and head coach Bruce Arians, the Buccaneers offense has thrived averaging 29.4 points-per-game, the fifth-best in the NFL.

If the Redskins value head coaching experience when deciding on their next man in charge, Mike McCarthy could be in the mix. McCarthy spent 13 seasons as the Green Bay Packers head coach before he was fired in the late portion of the 2018 season. McCarthy will likely have more NFL experience than any other candidate the Redskins consider and has a Super Bowl victory under his belt as well. 

Another experienced head coach Washington may consider is Ken Whisenhunt. Between the Cardinals and Titans, Whisenhunt has eight years on NFL head coaching experience. He is also familiar with the Redskins organization as he played for the Burgundy and Gold for two seasons. He currently is the Chargers offensive coordinator, leading the charge for one of the league's most balanced and dynamic offenses.

The son of former Redskins head coach Marty Schottenheimer, Brian, is also a potential candidate for the job.

The younger Schottenheimer is only 45 years old and has close to two decades of NFL coaching experience as an assistant and coordinator. He's currently the Seahawks offensive coordinator, where their QB Russell Wilson is off to the best start in his NFL career. He was the Redskins QB coach in 2001 when his father was the head coach, but moved on to the Chargers once the Redskins fired his father after one season.

Any time there is a head coaching opening, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is thrown into the conversation. But McDaniels has had several opportunities over the past few years to leave New England for another head coaching job, but he's stayed put in the Northeast. He famously accepted the Colts head coaching job in 2018 before reneging.

The Redskins have never shied away from the flashy hire, and hiring the University of Oklahoma's Lincoln Riley would be just that. In his first two seasons as the Sooners head coach, Riley lead Oklahoma to two College Football Playoff berths. The past two No. 1 overall picks -- quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray -- both won the Heisman Trophy with Riley at the helm. If developing Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins is priority No. 1 when hiring a new coach, expect Washington to inquire about Riley.

Riley isn't the only coach from the college football world that the Redskins might consider. Enter Jim Harbaugh, current Michigan and former 49ers head coach. Harbaugh made the transition from college to the NFL in 2011, and then went on to lead the 49ers to three NFC championship appearances and one Super Bowl appearance in four years at the team's head coach. He's been the head coach at Michigan, his alma mater, since 2014, but has not done the two things the Wolverines brought him in to do: beat Ohio State and win the Big Ten. 

Another experienced head coach the Redskins could inquire about is Mike Tomlin, should the Steelers move on from him this offseason. Tomlin has been Pittsburgh's head coach since 2007, leading them to a Super Bowl in 2009. He is under contract through 2021, so the Steelers would face a two-year buyout if they choose to make a change following the season. According to one report, he's on Dan Snyder's radar.

Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is another name worth keeping an eye on. He was the Jets head coach from 2015 through 2018, but failed to win more than five games in each of his final three seasons in New York. He's one of the smarter defensive minds in the game, so if Washington wants to hire a defensive-minded head coach, Bowles should be in consideration.

Young or old, college or pro, there are several different directions the Redskins can head when hiring their next head coach. All possibilities are on the table. Now, it's time to just wait and see which way they go.

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Fantasy Football TE Rankings 2019: Week 14

Fantasy Football TE Rankings 2019: Week 14


Week 13 is in the books and rosters are beginning to take shape. Here are the top tight ends for Week 14.

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 14
Running Back Rankings: Week 14
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 14
Tight End Rankings: Week 14

TIER 1: Best of the best

1. George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers
Opponent: at Saints
2019 Stats: 54 Receptions, 687 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 142.2 PTS, 2019 TE6
Previous Ranking: 1

2. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
Opponent: at Patriots 
2019 Stats: 68 Receptions, 923 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 184.3 PTS, 2019 TE1
Previous Ranking: 2

TIER 2: High-end TE1's

3. Darren Waller, Oakland Raiders
Opponent: vs. Titans
2019 Stats: 66 Receptions, 807 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 165.2 PTS, 2019 TE2
Previous Ranking: 3

4. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
Opponent: vs. Giants
2019 Stats: 70 Receptions, 736 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 161.6 PTS, 2019 TE4
Previous Ranking: 4

5. Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens  
Opponent: at Bills
2019 Stats: 53 Receptions, 693 Receiving YDS, 7 Receiving TD, 162.3 PTS, 2019 TE3
Previous Ranking: 2

6. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Opponent: at Falcons
2019 Stats: 48 Receptions, 552 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 115.2 PTS, 2019 TE7
Previous Ranking: 6

7. Jacob Hollister, Seattle Seahawks
Opponent: at Rams
2019 Stats: 25 Receptions, 203 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 63.3 PTS, 2019 TE30
Previous Ranking: 7

8. Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers
Opponent: at Jaguars
2019 Stats: 41 Receptions, 497 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 110.7 PTS, 2019 TE8
Previous Ranking: 5

TIER 3: Low-end TE1's 

9. Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints
Opponent: vs. 49ers
2019 Stats: 32 Receptions, 459 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 101.9 PTS, 2019 TE11
Previous Ranking: 10

10. Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons
Opponent: vs. Falcons
2019 Stats: 56 Receptions, 608 Receiving YDS, 6 Receiving TD, 154.8 PTS, 2019 TE5
Previous Ranking: NR

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 14
Running Back Rankings: Week 14
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 14
Tight End Rankings: Week 14

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Fantasy Football RB Rankings 2019: Week 14

Fantasy Football RB Rankings 2019: Week 14

Week 13 is in the books and rosters are beginning to take shape. Here are the top running backs for Week 14.

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 14
Running Back Rankings: Week 14
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 14
Tight End Rankings: Week 14

TIER 1: RB1's

1. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers   
Opponent: at Falcons 
2019 Stats: 1167 Rushing YDS, 12 Rushing TD, 75 Receptions, 644 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 354.1 PTS, 2019 RB1
Previous Ranking: 1 

2. Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers
Opponent: vs. Redskins
2019 Stats: 645 Rushing YDS, 11 Rushing TD, 39 Receptions, 367  Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 215.1 PTS, 2019 RB6
Previous Ranking: 4

3. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings
Opponent: vs. Lions
2019 Stats: 1046 Rushing YDS, 12 Rushing TD, 48 Receptions, 490 Receiving YDS, 269.6 PTS, 2019 RB2
Previous Ranking: 3

4. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
Opponent: vs. 49ers
2019 Stats: 587 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 64 Receptions, 444 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 179.6 PTS, 2019 RB11
Previous Ranking: 2

5. Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars
Opponent: vs. Chargers
2019 Stats: 989 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 65 Receptions, 444 Receiving YDS, 224.3 PTS, 2019 RB4
Previous Ranking: 6

6. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans   
Opponent: at Raiders
2019 Stats: 1140 Rushing YDS, 11 Rushing TD, 17 Receptions, 200 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 223  PTS, 2019 RB5
Previous Ranking: 9

7. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants   
Opponent: at Eagles
2019 Stats: 544 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 38 Receptions, 291 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 139.5 PTS, 2019 RB17
Previous Ranking: 10

TIER 2: High-end RB2's

8.  Mark Ingram, Baltimore Ravens
Opponent: at Bills
2019 Stats: 837 Rushing YDS, 9 Rushing TD, 20 Receptions, 172 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 190.9 PTS, 2019 RB9
Previous Ranking: 11

9. Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders 
Opponent: vs. Titans
2019 Stats: 1061 Rushing YDS, 7 Rushing TD, 18 Receptions, 146 Receiving YDS, 178.7 PTS, 2019 RB12
Previous Ranking: 7

10. Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns
Opponent: vs. Bengals 
2019 Stats: 1175 Rushing YDS, 7 Rushing TD, 31 Receptions, 245 Receiving YDS, 209 PTS, 2019 RB8
Previous Ranking: 12

11. Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks
Opponent: at Rams
2019 Stats: 981 Rushing YDS, 5 Rushing TD, 32 Receptions, 227 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 186.8 PTS, 2019 RB10
Previous Ranking: 15

12. Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals
Opponent: at Browns
2019 Stats: 643 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 26 Receptions, 190 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 139.3 PTS, 2019 RB18
Previous Ranking: 16

13. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
Opponent: vs. Seahawks
2019 Stats: 642 Rushing YDS, 8 Rushing TD, 22 Receptions, 134 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 149.6 PTS, 2019 RB16
Previous Ranking: 13

TIER 3: On the verge RB2's

14. James White, New England Patriots
Opponent: vs. Chiefs 
2019 Stats: 208 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 57 Receptions, 512 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 155 PTS, 2019 RB15
Previous Ranking: 

15. Phillip Lindsey, Denver Broncos
Opponent: at Texans
2019 Stats: 766 Rushing YDS, 5 Rushing TD, 31 Receptions, 183 Receiving YDS, 155.9 PTS, 2019 RB14 
Previous Ranking: 20
 
16. Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers
Opponent: at Jaguars 
2019 Stats: 380 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 69 Receptions, 718 Receiving YDS, 7 Receiving TD, 234.8 PTS, 2019 RB4
Previous Ranking: 24

17. Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns
Opponent: vs. Bengals
2019 Stats: 125 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 20 Receptions, 118 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 56.3 PTS, 2019 RB58
Previous Ranking: 18

18. Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts
Opponent: at Buccaneers
2019 Stats: 862 Rushing YDS, 4 Rushing TD, 12 Receptions, 76 Receiving YDS, 131.8 PTS, 2019 RB22
Previous Ranking: NR

19. Derrius Guice, Washington Redskins
Opponent: at Packers
2019 Stats: 203 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 7 Receptions, 79 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 53.2 PTS, 2019 RB61
Previous Ranking: NR

20. Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers
Opponent: at Jaguars
2019 Stats: 468 Rushing YDS, 4 Rushing TD, 20 Receptions, 123 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 107.1 PTS, 2019 RB
Previous Ranking: 20

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 14
Running Back Rankings: Week 14
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 14
Tight End Rankings: Week 14