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This quote from one of Ron Rivera's ex-players will have Redskins fans fired up about the new coach

This quote from one of Ron Rivera's ex-players will have Redskins fans fired up about the new coach

However you feel about Ron Rivera — whether you're enamored with his reported hiring, pleased with it or even skeptical of it — prepare for your excitement levels to spike.

On Monday, Gerald McCoy was asked what he would tell Redskins players about their new head coach. Despite only playing for Rivera in Carolina this past season, the defensive lineman gave a powerful answer.

If you need to take a sip of ice-cold water and collect yourself, that's understandable. Continue with this story when you're ready to.

That quote from McCoy speaks to the reputation Rivera's earned throughout his time in the NFL. He may not be the winningest coach or the greatest tactician, but he's a guy who players respect and admire. Those are traits that'll play well in Washington.

Too often in recent years, the Redskins have become divided. QB drama has led to sides-picking, defensive struggles have caused that unit to split apart multiple times and rumors and leaks have plagued the organization constantly. Under Rivera, there's reason to believe a lot of that can stop, thanks to his leadership and the accountability he instills in a locker room.

Of course, this is an organization that's brought in plenty of coaches under Dan Snyder, so those who want to reserve their judgment are more than allowed to. But McCoy's words and the words of others hint at Rivera's ability to unite a roster, and that's a valuable skill — and one that can help change a culture.

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Report: Seahawks cut CB Kemah Siverand for attempting to sneak woman into team hotel

Report: Seahawks cut CB Kemah Siverand for attempting to sneak woman into team hotel

As NFL training camps open, teams are taking every protective measure to ensure player safety. Extensive testing protocols agreed upon by the NFL and the NFLPA and daily testing until at least September 5 prove safety is the league's number one priority.

But in order for the NFL's plans to work, players have to do their part

On Thursday, the Seattle Seahawks cut rookie cornerback Kemah Siverand after he was caught trying to sneak a female visitor into the team hotel, according to Tom Pelissero. Siverand and the woman, who was wearing Seattle gear in an attempt to disguise herself as a Seahawks player, were both caught on camera.

The Seahawks' quick action shows how serious teams are handling COVID-19 protocols. Head coach Pete Carroll is sending a clear message that actions that put the entire team at risk will not be tolerated.  

Fans got a glimpse of what the NFL's safety protocols were like during Hard Knocks this week. The quick decision to cut Siverand shows that irresponsible action won't be tolerated as the NFL season approaches.

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Report: Minority owners pressuring Dan Snyder to sell Washington Football Team

Report: Minority owners pressuring Dan Snyder to sell Washington Football Team

Dan Snyder is facing mounting pressure from three of his minority investors to sell the Washington Football Team according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal.

“The stakes have attracted interest from a variety of potential buyers, but Mr. Snyder has been reluctant to give any of them the option to eventually buy control despite the attempt to oust him,” the Journal wrote in its story Thursday afternoon.  “That has prompted some would-be buyers to walk away.”

Snyder’s ownership seems to face battles on nearly every front.

In the last six weeks the team dropped its more than 80-year old “Redskins” moniker amid threats from multiple sponsors of significant lost revenue due to its racist connotations. 
Last month, a Washington Post story alleged widespread sexual harassment and verbal abuse against women inside the organization and the team is now conducting an internal investigation on the report.

The three minority investors combine own about 40% of the team but their shares would be worth much more if the entire organization was up for sale. 

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Snyder has also filed a defamation lawsuit in federal court this week that loosely claims a conspiracy against him from one of the team’s current investors. A lawyer for Snyder told NBC Sports Washington on Tuesday that a former team employee bribed an Indian media company to put out a defamatory and false story against him. 

The Journal reports that tensions between Snyder and his minority investors have simmered for “at least a year.” It writes that FedEx founder and chairman Frederick Smith, one of the three minority owners and the man whose company has the naming writes to Washington’s home stadium, attempted to sell his share of the team last year only to have a slow approval process involving Snyder sink a potential deal. The interested investor instead purchased a minority stake in another NFL team. 

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