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Kevin O'Connell will take over play calling for the 2019 Redskins, Bill Callahan confirms

Kevin O'Connell will take over play calling for the 2019 Redskins, Bill Callahan confirms

There isn't a ton of promising news coming out of Redskins Park to start the week. Jay Gruden is done, Bruce Allen is making the same kind of tiresome remarks and Bill Callahan isn't turning to Dwayne Haskins yet.

One promising storyline to come out of a chaotic Monday in Ashburn, however, is the team's decision to elevate Kevin O'Connell to full-time play caller. Many suspected that would happen with Gruden leaving, and Callahan confirmed it in his first presser as interim coach.

"I've got a lot of faith and confidence in Kevin," Callahan told reporters. "He's a bright, young coach and he's got a bright future ahead of him. He will do a great job. He's well-prepared."

While some were hoping O'Connell would take over the entire operation instead of Callahan, this promotion is the best move for O'Connell.

Unfortunately, it looks like the 2019 Redskins are going to finish with a record that's somewhere between disappointing and frightening. Callahan explained he's going to enact some major changes, but odds are, those changes don't make much of a difference in how the next 11 games go.

So, instead of making O'Connell slog through a 2-7 swoon and have that fall largely on him and his ledger, Washington can somewhat protect their potential up-and-coming star. That's a practical reason for why this new structure makes sense.

O'Connell also has yet to run an offense on his own yet, making this the next logical step in his growth. The 34-year-old had input when Gruden was leading the unit and he handled some play calling when the QB situation fell apart in 2018, but in terms of being the guy in charge, it'll be his first exposure to that role. 

If he progresses and is able to ignite the group — and also display some chemistry with Haskins, whenever Haskins finally begins to play — then Washington can decide whether to keep moving O'Connell along.

Before investing in him to direct a roster, though, first see if he can direct the offense.   

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Redskins Talk live from Miami for Super Bowl week: How to watch, live stream, listen

Redskins Talk live from Miami for Super Bowl week: How to watch, live stream, listen

Before the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers play for the right to hoist the Lombardi Trophy, the Redskins Talk crew will break down the Redskins and happenings around the NFL.

JP Finlay and Mitch Tischler will welcome special guests everyday from Tuesday to Friday, live from Radio Row in Miami.

The Redskins are in the midst of a busy time, ushering in a new era under the direction of newly minted head coach Ron Rivera. With the NFL Combine, free agency and the draft right around the corner, Redskins Talk has your fix with analysis, discussion and high-profile guests. 

Here's everything you need to know.

Redskins Talk: End of Season Special

When: Every day from Tuesday, January 28, through Friday, January 31, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Radio Row in Miami

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Redskins' wide receiver Terry McLaurin planned NFL future in 2005 letter

Redskins' wide receiver Terry McLaurin planned NFL future in 2005 letter

Redskins wide receiver Terry McLaurin just finished his rookie season in the NFL and ranked among the best first-year pass catchers across the league in 2019. Among rookies, the Ohio State product ranked second in receptions with 59, second in receiving yards with 919 and tied for third in touchdowns with seven — all in 14 games.

That kind of production from a third-round pick may have surprised some. But for McLaurin, this was always the plan.

On Friday, McLaurin took to his Instagram story to post a letter he wrote in 2005 — when he was 10 years old — where he proclaimed his aspirations to be an NFL wide receiver.

“I really want to be a wide [receiver] and a starter,” McLaurin wrote in the letter titled ‘My Future.’ “I will play hard every game.”

McLaurin officially achieved his goal of becoming a professional wide receiver when the Redskins made him their third-round pick last April. He didn’t waste any time accomplishing the second part of his dream, cracking the starting lineup in the first game of the season against the Eagles.

In his letter, McLaurin also discussed the possibility of playing running back in the NFL. In his senior year of high school, the 2013 Indiana Mr. Football was an all-around weapon. He posted 14 total touchdowns, recorded 58 catches for 953 yards receiving and rushed for an additional 744 yards.

Ultimately, McLaurin settled into the receiver position in college when he joined the Buckeyes program. His best season came in his senior year, when he was paired with Dwayne Haskins, and caught 35 passes for 701 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Low productivity in college — just 75 career receptions — may have caused McLaurin’s fall to the third round. But now, he’s making up for it and was one of the steals of the draft.

If McLaurin’s standout numbers continue, he should have no problem accomplishing a couple other goals he laid out in the letter.

“Make lots of money and live in a big house,” a young McLaurin wrote.

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