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Life without Trent Williams really begins for Redskins this weekend

Life without Trent Williams really begins for Redskins this weekend

The Trent Williams saga will go down as one of the saddest in Redskins history. 
 
A club forced to trade in nostalgia, to mask present woes by venerating long-gone glory days, in the most charitable reading of an awful situation, has so alienated one of its greatest players that he wants nothing to do with it. 
 
And so Williams, a seven-time Pro Bowler, sits on the NFL’s non-football injury list as of Nov. 7. He cannot play for the Redskins against the New York Jets at FedEx Field on Sunday. He cannot play for them for the rest of this season. He will not play for them again if we take him at his word.
 
Williams has been open about that with multiple members of the Redskins media corps. Upset about what he believes was a multi-year misdiagnosis by Redskins doctors of what turned out to be a cancerous growth on his head, Williams refused to report to the team for minicamp, for training camp, for the season. 
 
Angered by what he believed were intentional leaks by the team to make him look bad, Williams made it clear in multiple interviews last week that he had no use for the front office. The Redskins were on a bye, but used that rest period to essentially end Williams’ time with the only NFL team he’s ever played for. This weekend the stark reality of that will smack fans in the face. Williams hasn’t been on the field all season, but he’s really not coming back. 
 
He will not earn a dime of his $10.85 million base salary this season and it’s still not clear if the NFL will rule that his current contract advances so that he’s a free agent after next season or tolls until 2021. 
 
Either way, Williams and the Redskins need a fresh start. It should never have gotten this far, of course.

Williams, who turns 32 next July, thinks he has five or six more good years left in his career. Even if that’s ambitious, those remaining days should happen here in Washington, not in some other city via an offseason trade. 
 
The Redskins don’t really have a choice. They’ve again waited until circumstances left them with no good options. They didn’t want to extend Williams’ contract last spring two years out from free agency, but they weren’t willing to move him for assets in what is clearly a rebuilding scenario. 
 
They have to pick one path or the other. Spending the next eight months fighting Williams and the NFL Players Association over money and contract terms is a stubborn waste of time. It also sends a terrible message about how they treat their best players. What top free agent will want to play here when a franchise icon is treated this way? 
 
The Redskins might believe they have some valid points in their favor. Among them: Williams wasn’t misdiagnosed, that he is just angry about his contract situation, that his body is breaking down with recent knee and thumb surgeries. And that he at times can be unreliable with two marijuana suspensions during his career and repeated failed tests that have him on the brink of a long suspension under the NFL’s antiquated drug policy. 

Even if we grant them all of that, does it matter? 
 
Redskins fans have been outnumbered multiple times at FedEx Field already this season. On Sunday, it will be embarrassing, but not surprising, if the lowly Jets (2-7) do the same. They only play in Washington every eight years. New York stinks, but that never stops Giants fans from filling the lower bowl and they play here every year.
 
Meanwhile, according to a story in the Washington Times on Thursday, Williams will be far away in Iowa attending a boxing match for a fighter he co-manages. He decided long ago he didn’t want to be a part of this anymore. Williams put his body on the line for a decade and believes the Redskins didn’t appreciate it, took him for granted, betrayed his trust. 
 
Arguing with him might soothe their feelings, might provide some small public relations win, prove some point or save some money, but at what cost? It won’t make them any better on the field in 2020 or beyond. It’s time, for once, to make that the priority. 

A war of attrition with one of their all-time greats just turns a sad situation into a pathetic one where nobody wins.  

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Fines issued to Ryan Anderson, DeAndrew White for hits that injured Olsen, Quinn

Fines issued to Ryan Anderson, DeAndrew White for hits that injured Olsen, Quinn

The NFL levied fines for unnecessary roughness to the Redskins linebacker Ryan Anderson and Panthers special teamer DeAndrew White after they delivered hits that forced opposing players to exit the game between the two teams in Week 13.

Anderson was ejected for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Panthers tight end Greg Olsen in the third quarter. Olsen exited the game with a concussion and didn’t return. He’s been declared inactive ahead of Carolina’s Week 14 matchup with the Atlanta Falcons.

Redskins fans were disgruntled with the referees for ejecting Anderson but allowing White to stay in the game when the crown of his helmet caught the facemask of Redskins punt returner Trey Quinn. Quinn was also pulled from the game with a concussion and has been declared inactive for Week 14.

Washington went on to win the game, 29-21.

Both players were given the same fine of $28,075 for their respective hits.

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New head coaching candidates uncomfortable with Redskins power structure, per report

New head coaching candidates uncomfortable with Redskins power structure, per report

The Redskins might struggle to get the new head coach they want due to the organization’s unique front-office structure, according to a new report. 

Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reported that some potential head coaching candidates are not sure they can properly function in Washington under the leadership of team president Bruce Allen and the existing front-office infrastructure. 

“My understanding is they've gotten some pushback on the current structure of the organization from some of those candidates,” Breer said during an appearance on 106.7 the Fan’s Grant and Danny program. 

The Redskins fired head coach Jay Gruden after he opened the season 0-5 and promoted Bill Callahan to interim head coach. In the weeks since Callahan took over, Washington is 3-4 and on a two-game win streak with the Green Bay Packers on tap this Sunday. 

While Callahan has stabilized the Redskins to some degree, it seems highly unlikely that he keeps the job in 2020. It’s also unclear if Allen will remain as team president and football boss. NBC Sports Washington and other reports have shown that Allen is under more scrutiny than ever in his 10-year tenure as team president and could be gone after this season. 

It’s been a rough year for Allen, as the team is in the middle of an awful season and standout left tackle Trent Williams has called him out personally for ugly tactics during a contract holdout. 

What that means going forward remains to be seen. 

Breer said NFL teams are starting to make covert outreach to potential coaching candidates, particularly college coaching candidates, and that the team is getting “pushback” because of the existing power structure. 

"My sense is that they've already gotten the feeling that the head coach search is going to be affected by the way that the building has operated for the last 10 years," Breer said.

The past 10 years mark Allen’s tenure, the era of no playoff wins and many, many embarrassing situations. 

If coaching candidates have reservations, it’s hard to blame them. 
 

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