The Redskins will send a team representative to Colin Kaepernick's private workout on Saturday in Atlanta. The NFL set up the workout and a Redskins spokesperson said that it's expected most if not all of the league's teams will send somebody to the workout.
Kaepernick famously hasn't played since 2016, and in that time his protests became national news. He's also reached a settlement with the NFL about his absence from the league.
Looking ahead, even though the Redskins will attend the workout, it seems highly unlikely Washington would sign Kaepernick. On Monday, Redskins interim head coach Bill Callahan installed rookie Dwayne Haskins as the team's starting quarterback for the rest of the season. At 1-8, It's arguably overdue for the Redskins to turn their offense over to the 15th overall pick, but now that it's finally happened, that leaves veterans Case Keenum and Colt McCoy as extra roster spots.
Callahan said that the Redskins quarterback group does not need an addition.
"Our situation is full at this juncture right now because of the two veteran quarterbacks we have along with Dwayne," the coach said Wednesday. "We have three on our roster where generally a lot of teams just carry two on their roster. We're really carrying one extra quarterback than most teams normally carry."
Of Kaepernick specifically, Callahan added, "We wish for the best for him."
Interestingly, the Redskins coaching staff has ties to Kaepernick. Washington offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell was an offensive assistant in San Francisco in 2016, Kaepernick's NFL last season. Also, Jim Tomsula was 49ers head coach in 2015.
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The NFL levied fines for unnecessary roughness to the Redskins linebacker Ryan Anderson and Panthers special teamer DeAndrew White after they delivered hits that forced opposing players to exit the game between the two teams in Week 13.
Anderson was ejected for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Panthers tight end Greg Olsen in the third quarter. Olsen exited the game with a concussion and didn’t return. He’s been declared inactive ahead of Carolina’s Week 14 matchup with the Atlanta Falcons.
Redskins fans were disgruntled with the referees for ejecting Anderson but allowing White to stay in the game when the crown of his helmet caught the facemask of Redskins punt returner Trey Quinn. Quinn was also pulled from the game with a concussion and has been declared inactive for Week 14.
Washington went on to win the game, 29-21.
Both players were given the same fine of $28,075 for their respective hits.
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The Redskins might struggle to get the new head coach they want due to the organization’s unique front-office structure, according to a new report.
Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reported that some potential head coaching candidates are not sure they can properly function in Washington under the leadership of team president Bruce Allen and the existing front-office infrastructure.
“My understanding is they've gotten some pushback on the current structure of the organization from some of those candidates,” Breer said during an appearance on 106.7 the Fan’s Grant and Danny program.
The Redskins fired head coach Jay Gruden after he opened the season 0-5 and promoted Bill Callahan to interim head coach. In the weeks since Callahan took over, Washington is 3-4 and on a two-game win streak with the Green Bay Packers on tap this Sunday.
While Callahan has stabilized the Redskins to some degree, it seems highly unlikely that he keeps the job in 2020. It’s also unclear if Allen will remain as team president and football boss. NBC Sports Washington and other reports have shown that Allen is under more scrutiny than ever in his 10-year tenure as team president and could be gone after this season.
It’s been a rough year for Allen, as the team is in the middle of an awful season and standout left tackle Trent Williams has called him out personally for ugly tactics during a contract holdout.
What that means going forward remains to be seen.
Breer said NFL teams are starting to make covert outreach to potential coaching candidates, particularly college coaching candidates, and that the team is getting “pushback” because of the existing power structure.
"My sense is that they've already gotten the feeling that the head coach search is going to be affected by the way that the building has operated for the last 10 years," Breer said.
The past 10 years mark Allen’s tenure, the era of no playoff wins and many, many embarrassing situations.
If coaching candidates have reservations, it’s hard to blame them.
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