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Redskins OC Scott Turner and his QBs making the best of their virtual offseason

Redskins OC Scott Turner and his QBs making the best of their virtual offseason

Sitting and waiting to play with your new toy is no fun. 

That essentially is what it’s like for Redskins offensive coordinator, Scott Turner. The coronavirus lockdown has the newly name OC forced to meet with his players virtually.

In a pandemic-free world, with a new head coach named, the Redskins would have had a two-week jump start on the rest of the league to meet players and install their system. Turner says despite not seeing his players on the field, they are making use of the time given to them. 

“We’re putting a lot of work in, obviously abiding by the rules the NFL has set forth — four days a week, two hours a day,” Turner said. 
Same as all the others. The Redskins QB’s choose to start at 1pm each day. The reason? Alex Smith is in Hawaii. No one seems to complain – and if anything, the others wish that they, too, were in paradise for workouts.

As for putting his new offensive system in place, Turner says he is breaking up by installs. 

“We have gotten through, I think, so far six at this point,” Turner said. “They are separated by play type and then we will do a situational install.”


Turner said everyone’s brain works differently so the staff tries to group things together as best they can. It’s slightly different for the quarterbacks, 

“The big thing there is just every play, explain to the them what the objective is on that play, what we are trying to accomplish and what the philosophy is,” Turner said. “That’s something that’s are trying to express to those guys.”

Running those meetings are Turner and Ken Zampese, Washington’s quarterbacks coach. Then there’s Luke Del Rio, the son of Jack, the defensive coordinator. He’s only 25, but is quickly emerging in his new role as offensive quality control coach, organizing notes and coming up with useful information for the quarterbacks.

While head coach Ron Rivera continues to stress competition, he has named Dwayne Haskins Jr as their guy. Kyle Allen is the backup quarterback.

And then there is Smith.

The 13-year veteran missed all last season after suffering one of the most gruesome injuries in NFL history in Week 11 of the 2018 season. He participates in all the meetings, but we wait to see if he can miraculously return to the field. 

An ESPN E:60 documentary featured Smith’s rehab process, giving the world an inside view into the destruction of his leg and the power of his mindset to try to overcome it. Rivera has recently said Smith will have to be able to “protect himself” in order to compete at camp in August.

At the end of the 2019 season, Smith adamantly told reporters he planned to return to the game: “Without a doubt”. 

It would be nothing short of a miracle, and proof of modern-day medical practices, if that becomes a reality. Some say he’ll never play again, while others say it wouldn’t surprise them given Smith’s determination.

In the meantime, Smith continues to be a leader in the virtual meeting room offering as much input as he can. Setting the example for Haskins on how to prepare as an NFL quarterback. Haskins openly admits how smart Smith is and how willing he is to learn from him. Haskins also sees Turner as a young coach he can relate to.

It’s a new offense for Smith and Haskins to learn. Allen is more familiar, having played in it for two years in Carolina. But in the virtual classroom, Turner says all are equal. 

“We’re kind of throwing a lot at them,” Turner said. “In the beginning of every meeting, we do some quizzes, tests. Just test their retention.” 

All are quizzed at the same and all taking their own notes. Allen has said he is more than willing to help others learn the system when he can.

So how will we know the effectiveness of these virtual meetings and who has a firm grasp of the offense? From player to coach, I am told there is only one way — when live practice takes place. Until then, Turner and his quarterbacks will Zoom away.

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Max Kellerman says Redskins owner Dan Snyder will 'stand at a podium and change the name'

Max Kellerman says Redskins owner Dan Snyder will 'stand at a podium and change the name'

As the Washington Redskins continue to conduct an internal review of its name after facing public pressure from many of its largest corporate sponsors, many believe the team's moniker will be changed. Both NBC Sports Washington and multiple other outlets have reported that the team will likely not play another game with 'Redskins' as its name.

ESPN First Take host Max Kellerman believes a name change is long overdue and said on Thursday he wants Redskins owner Dan Snyder to apologize for not changing the name sooner.

"You will stand at a podium. You will stand at a podium and change the name," Kellerman said on Snyder. "In addition, you will apologize for not doing it sooner."

Kellerman even went a step further, saying the team should never have been nicknamed the Redskins.

"The name shouldn't have been that in the first place," Kellerman said. "It certainly should have been changed years ago."


Public pressure has amounted towards the Redskins to change in the middle of a social justice movement in America following the killing of George Floyd. Floyd was killed by police officers in Minneapolis on May 25, sparking several protests nationwide demanding justice.

For Kellerman, he doesn't think it should have taken a major social reform movement -- like what's currently going on in the United States -- for Washington to consider ditching its name.

"It should not have taken a whole social, political movement, a pandemic [to change the name]," Kellerman said. "In fact, it didn't take that for people who just thought about [the name] for two seconds and could see that it would be offensive to Native Americans."

Over the past week, the Redskins' name controversy has been a major topic of conversation, and not just in the sports media world. D.C. Mayor Murial Bowser said she is happy to see the name change, while District Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton said she would propose a bill for the team to build its new stadium on the old RFK Stadium site after the name is changed.

Not everyone believes a name change is on the horizon, however. FS1's Skip Bayless doubts the franchise will actually change its name, while President Donald Trump derided the move.


On the other hand, Stephen A. Smith, Kellerman's First Take co-host, believes President Donald Trump's actions allowed Washington to keep its name for as long as it has.

Throughout his rant about the Redskins' name, Kellerman said multiple times how upset he has been that Washington has yet to change its name. A public apology from the team's owner for not changing the moniker sooner is the least Dan Snyder can do in Kellerman's mind. 

"The fact that this despicable name has not been changed is a national outrage and a disgrace," Kellerman said. "So I think Dan Snyder not only will change the name but owes an apology."


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Could Dan Snyder be forced out of owning the Redskins? One expert seriously doubts it

Could Dan Snyder be forced out of owning the Redskins? One expert seriously doubts it

With the Redskins seemingly on the verge of changing their name after 80-plus years, people are allowing themselves to wonder what other massive changes could be coming for the organization. Some have even asked the wildest question of all: Is Dan Snyder's ownership nearing its end?

Snyder himself has given no indication that he has any interest in selling the team, but the organization's three minority owners did reportedly try to convince him to part ways with his portion recently. At the very least, some movement at the top around him feels quite possible. 

Upon hearing that, there's been chatter about whether that trio would have any power to actually make Snyder give up his place with the Redskins. Sure, that sounds crazy, but a few states apparently really want the franchise to become the Washington Redwolves, so crazy things are clearly happening right now.

During his time on the Redskins Talk podcast, though, Randy Vataha — a former NFL receiver who's now the president of Game Plan LLC, which specializes in providing services to those hoping to buy and sell pieces of pro sports teams — explained why Snyder being ousted by the other stakeholders is highly unlikely.

"Being able to force an owner out would be very difficult," Vataha told JP Finlay. "They generally have absolute control over the entity and the league has blessed that back when it was first acquired. I never say anything in sports is impossible. But I doubt that he can be forced out."


The NFL itself is the only entity that could really pull something like that off, per Vataha, but even that's rare. For proof, he cited former Raiders owner Al Davis, who didn't exactly play by the rules yet still remained in charge for 39 years.

"All they went through with litigation, relocation, ignoring the league's mandate that he couldn't move to LA and back and all of that, he was never forced out," Vataha said.

So, in the end, while Vataha may expect the Redskins to soon become known as something else, he's not at all waiting for them to be led by someone else as well.

"The league is generally pretty careful that the owner of a team can not be forced out," he said.

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