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The Redskins may not be good, but these good Redskins deserve your Pro Bowl vote

The Redskins may not be good, but these good Redskins deserve your Pro Bowl vote

Before this story does what it's supposed to do, which is convince you that three Redskins players very much deserve a spot in the 2020 Pro Bowl, two things must be said:

  1. While the Pro Bowl itself has become a joke — remember the last time you stubbed your toe? Congratulations, you survived a collision more serious than any you'll see in the NFL's all-star game — many players still care about being voted into the exhibition. That is especially true for first-timers, which the following three Redskins would be if they were to make it. It means they're being recognized by fans and peers, and for many, it also comes with a nice pile of cash. What takes place on the field in Orlando may not matter, but getting there does.
  2. The Redskins, as a collective team, are quite bad. Even with their recent two-game winning streak, they're still just 3-9 overall. That said, they have some really talented guys on their roster, guys who are some of the most elite at their respective positions. While the Redskins shouldn't have too much representation at the Pro Bowl, they absolutely should have a little, despite their general terribleness.

OK, now that those two statements have been made, let's move on.

These three Redskins have earned your Pro Bowl vote. Read why below, then head here to help send them to Orlando (voting closes on Dec. 12th).

Matt Ioannidis

At some point, people around the country will wake up to the fact that Matt Ioannidis is one of the more dominant interior linemen in pro football. Know what would make many wake up to the fact that Matt Ioannidis is one of the more dominant interior linemen in pro football? A Pro Bowl berth.

No. 98 is currently tied for the second-most sacks by a defensive tackle this year with 7.5. Jordan Phillips of the Bills also has 7.5, and only Aaron Donald has more with 9.5.

Ioannidis is one of the quieter guys on the Redskins, so he won't be campaigning on his own. His production is loud, though, and Redskins fans should do what they can to campaign for him.

Quinton Dunbar

Quinton Dunbar's transition from receiver to cornerback has been miraculous, and a perfect way to cap that journey off for Dunny would be to finish the year as a Pro Bowler.

The 27-year-old has four interceptions this season, tying him for second-most in the sport with a handful of other defenders. That stat does an excellent job conveying how effective he's been so far. So does this video:

This dude is a stud. He's worthy of votes. Lots and lots of votes.

Tress Way

Trying to get a punter to the Pro Bowl is something plenty of people do as a joke or a bit. But when it comes to Way, there's no joking and it's not a bit. He's the best at what he does.  

The lefty specialist leads the NFL in yards per punt at 49.9. He has just two touchbacks in 2019, and going back to 2018, he actually has just two touchbacks over his last 139 punts. Against the Panthers, he notched the longest punt of anyone this season.

Orlando is where folks go to boom it off the tee on the golf course. Way definitely belongs there so he can smash drives of a different variety.

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Jay Gruden reportedly to join Jaguars as their offensive coordinator

Jay Gruden reportedly to join Jaguars as their offensive coordinator

Just four months shy of his last appearance on the NFL gridiron sidelines, Jay Gruden may already have his 2020 gig lined up, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.

Gruden was head coach of the Washington Redskins for six seasons, beginning in 2014 and going 35-49-1 in his burgundy and gold tenure. Gruden pushed the Redskins to their first postseason appearance since 2012 in his second year with the team, as well as back-to-back winning seasons in 2015 and 2016, not seen in Washington since 1996 and 1997. 

In March 2017, Gruden signed a two-year extension with the Redskins. He was fired after beginning the 2019 season 0-5. 

Recently, Gruden confirmed to Rapoport that he was "itching for something to do" and seeking employment before Jacksonville brought him in to interview for the OC role. 

After playing four years at the University of Louisville and and eight more in various football leagues, Gruden held many offensive roles, offensive coordinator for the Florida Tuskers and Cincinnati Bengals. 

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Joe Gibbs told Ron Rivera that Dan Snyder was never 'an interference' while he coached the Redskins

Joe Gibbs told Ron Rivera that Dan Snyder was never 'an interference' while he coached the Redskins

New Redskins head coach Ron Rivera did plenty of research before accepting the job earlier this month.

Rivera spent 30-35 hours with Redskins owner Dan Snyder before agreeing to be the ninth head coach of the owner's tenure. Additionally, he reached out to legendary Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs, and ended up spending several hours talking with him prior to accepting the job. The two originally spoke on the phone, before the three-time Super Bowl-winning head coach invited Rivera over to his home in Charlotte last month to discuss even further.

On Tuesday, Gibbs spoke on the Carol Maloney show, where he revealed some of the topics he spoke with Rivera about. One of those included the involvement of Snyder, who Gibbs spoke glowingly about.

"Where I felt like I could help the most was telling [Rivera] what it was like working with Dan," Gibbs said. "When I was there, Dan did every single thing he could do to help us win and was never, in any way, an interference. He was always trying to help in every single way he could."

Additionally, Gibbs raved about the Redskins fanbase. He explained to Rivera that fans in D.C. understand football, have been following the team forever, and are some of the most passionate in the sport.

"The other thing I could do, I felt like, was tell him about what it's like coaching in the greatest city in the world with the greatest fans in the world," Gibbs said. "I did tell him I thought it was the greatest job in the NFL."

Gibbs told Maloney that he hates making predictions, but had a strong one about the future of the Redskins fanbase.

"I think our fan base will come roaring back," Gibbs said. "I think [FedEx Field] will be full of Burgundy and Gold. They're going to be cheering their guts out."

When asked if he believed Rivera was the right man to lead the Redskins, Gibbs explained he was thrilled by the hire.

"He was certainly a great choice," Gibbs said. "[He was] Coach of the Year twice, put a team into the Super Bowl. And I think he's kind of a man's man. I think he can talk to the players. And I think he's proven that he can get the job done."

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