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Redskins players spend off day painting at Richmond elementary school

Redskins players spend off day painting at Richmond elementary school

The Redskins have an off day from training camp Friday, but not everybody is spending it relaxing by the pool or playing golf.

Many Redskins players, staff members and volunteers are still working today, helping to create a brand new laundry center at George W. Carver Elementary School in Richmond. The work is part of an initiative from the Redskins charitable foundation, which is providing nearly $50,000 to help install seven Loads of Love (LOL) laundry centers to serve children in the greater Richmond community.

The seven new sites join the existing five and will serve roughly 2,500 kids a year. The centers provide children experiencing homelessness or unstable living conditions access to clean clothes at no cost.

"We remain committed to the notion that having clean clothes should never be a barrier for attending school and learning," Carlyle Neyazi, Executive Director of the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, said in a release. "The Loads of Love program has the potential to provide this essential service to more than 1,000 Title 1 schools in our market and help serve students who face these challenges every day. These seven new sites are just the tip of the iceberg, and we’re excited to reveal many more 2019 grant awardees in the coming weeks."

In 2017, Redskins longsnapper Nick Sundberg and his wife, Flor, launched — in partnership with the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation — Loads of Love a program that installs laundry facilities in schools and non-profit organizations. The program, which seeks to remove a barrier for school and extracurricular activity attendance by providing children with a solution to the problem of having clean clothes. The Redskins Charitable Foundation has provided nearly $500,000 in funding to 52 Loads of Love sites.

Those interested in supporting the expansion of the LOL Program can donate to the Redskins Charitable Foundation at www.redskins.com/donateand designate Loads of Love program in the remarks. All donations are tax-deductible.

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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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