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Quinton Dunbar is requesting a trade from the Redskins: 'It is what it is'

Quinton Dunbar is requesting a trade from the Redskins: 'It is what it is'

Monday morning, NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay reported that Quinton Dunbar planned to skip Redskins OTAs this offseason. Not ideal, of course, but also not a big deal.

By Monday night, however, the whole situation took a major step toward big deal territory.

News broke that Dunbar has gone as far as to request a trade or release from Washington. When that happened, Finlay reached out to the corner for comment.

Here was that unhappy sounding comment:

The "them" and "they" he's referring to, of course, is the team's totally revamped coaching staff and front office. The familiarity Dunbar had with Jay Gruden, Bruce Allen and others is gone. While their dismissals may ultimately make the organization more successful, it's clearly jarring the 27-year-old.

ESPN's John Keim and the Washington Post's Kareem Copeland first reported that Dunbar was looking for a way out from the franchise he's been with the entirety of his career.

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Dunbar is entering the final season of his contract, a contract that has no guaranteed money on it for 2020. For a player who's roughly a year away from hitting unrestricted free agency for the first time ever, that's a definite problem.

So, in the span of a day, Dunbar went from planning to miss some voluntary offseason work to pushing for his exit from the Burgundy and Gold.

Perhaps Ron Rivera, who has a reputation for being able to get through to players, can help mend this situation. Right now, though, it sounds like it's heading in a difficult direction.

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Montez Sweat expects to have his hand in the dirt more for Washington in 2020

Montez Sweat expects to have his hand in the dirt more for Washington in 2020

During his Thursday Zoom press conference with the media, Montez Sweat gave a 16-word answer that will have Washington Football Team fans around the nation and the world rejoicing, celebrating and maybe even tearing up.

The response came to a question about how Sweat's role will change in 2020 under a new staff that includes Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio, and while it was short and simple, it was also glorious. 

"We're going to have my hand in the dirt more so than I was last year," Sweat said.

That's right, everybody. It sounds like the plan is for Sweat to rush the passer as much as possible this year, instead of sometimes rush the passer and sometimes drop into coverage like he was asked to do as a rookie.

Isn't that a novel idea?

Between that attack-first approach Rivera and Del Rio are "preaching" and the switch to a 4-3 scheme, which Sweat starred in at Mississippi State, the 2019 first-round pick is feeling confident about his immediate future.

Those factors aren't what makes him most optimistic, though. 

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In reflecting on his debut campaign, Sweat described how much more comfortable he got as the schedule progressed. The numbers back that up, too — 5.5 of his 7 sacks came in Washington's final eight contests.

That increase in production came as he began figuring out how to study for his opponents and how to better take on the lineman across from him. Those are things he's prepared to carry over into 2020, too.

"I feel like I developed more of a rush plan going into the games," he said. "Winning with speed and stuff like that isn't going to work most of the time. You have to get moves, you have to refine your technique."

Add all of that up, and Sweat is fully ready to do more for the defense after what he's personally labeled a slightly disappointing rookie season.

"I definitely didn't live up to my expectations and my standards," he said. "It was a learning year for me. I learned a lot, and I just want to show what I learned coming up this next year."

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Jerry Jones shares what the Cowboys will do during national anthem

Jerry Jones shares what the Cowboys will do during national anthem

It's become a question every professional sports team has had to or will have to answer at one point or another: "What will you do during the national anthem?"

Most NBA players have decided to take a knee, while a percentage of players in MLB and the NHL have decided to do the same. Some players remain standing, as is their choice, though people want to know everyone's plan. Especially Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys. 

Jones didn't reveal the specifics of his team's plan once their season begins on September 13, though he did reveal what the general theme of their demonstration to reporters Wednesday. 

"We're going to show grace. I'm going to show grace. And I'd like to show that kind of grace on a sensitive matter," Jones said, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. "Everybody is genuine here. I'm giving everyone the benefit of the doubt relative to any decision that I make. I have one thing: My job is to run the Dallas Cowboys. My job is to do what's right. We've asked for all of this interest and we've asked for our players to give everything they've got."

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Jones was notably anti-protest back in 2016 when Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem. Nobody on his team took a knee during the anthem, and he later stated how proud he was of his team for it. Jones also required his team to stand for the anthem in 2017.

"We strongly, strongly support the flag," Jones said at the time. "In every way, we support -- it's almost ridiculous to be saying it -- the people that for generations and generations have given it all up so we can get out here and show off in front of millions of people on television. We respect that so much. That's the real business."   

But as Jones said Wednesday, "That was then, this is now." We won't know until the day comes whether the Cowboys will kneel during the national anthem or put on any other demonstration. But for now, we can acknowledge how Jones has changed his tune regarding this issue. 

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