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Rewatching 'All Or Nothing': Ron Rivera's team is dealt a devastating blow — yet he doesn't flinch

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Rewatching 'All Or Nothing': Ron Rivera's team is dealt a devastating blow — yet he doesn't flinch

Pete Hailey is rewatching Amazon's All Or Nothing, a behind-the-scenes look at the 2018 Panthers, to learn about Ron Rivera and other key people who are now a part of the Redskins. Here's his review of episode one, "Sweet Carolina."

NFL teams often take on the personalities of their coaches. If that happens with the Redskins and Ron Rivera, the Burgundy and Gold will be better for it.

One of the main storylines in the debut of the Panthers-focused season of All Or Nothing — which is worth rewatching now because it'll provide tons of insight into Rivera and a host of other then-Carolina, now-Washington personnel — is Greg Olsen's importance to the offense.

Olsen's 2017 campaign (the one preceding All Or Nothing) was marred by foot trouble, but by the time Amazon's cameras descended upon Charlotte, he and the team were both very optimistic about his health and ability to contribute to what was a franchise with Super Bowl visions. He mattered to their success. A lot.

In the Panthers' Week 1 matchup with the Cowboys, however, Olsen re-aggravated his foot injury on the final play of the first quarter. During the pause in the game, the tight end pulled himself from the lineup, informed the medical staff he felt like he broke his foot yet again and was taken in for X-rays.

Soon after Olsen departed, Rivera was informed about the X-ray. Eventually, head trainer Ryan Vermillion pulled Rivera aside, telling him he didn't like the looks of what he saw and that the problem area was at the same site of Olsen's 2017 injury. Lastly, Rivera shares a moment with tight ends coach Pete Hoener, where Hoener lets Rivera know Olsen believed it was broken.

Think about the weight of these conversations. Here is someone Rivera, the offense and the organization were all counting on in a major way. So much of their plan for that year hinged on Olsen's availability. And after just 15 minutes of action, he was out of the picture for the foreseeable future.

You wouldn't know it from how Rivera reacted, though. The most emotion he showed throughout this part of the episode was one shake of the head. He didn't curse. He didn't throw his hands up. He didn't even sigh.

Rivera received this news — devastating news, and news that could affect the direction of the entire season he was just embarking on — quickly processed it and zeroed back in on the task at hand: beating the Cowboys.

Of course, Rivera's no doubt been hardened by decades in the NFL and has been in countless scenarios like this one before. But still, it was a remarkable display of calmness in the face of unforeseen adversity. He essentially acted like he had just been told his prescription was ready to be picked up at the pharmacy, not that one of his stars suffered a huge setback.

This level of leadership will surely benefit the Redskins moving forward. Pro football is full of complications and hitches; injuries, faulty replay reviews, fluky plays and other things can swing an entire team's mood on game days, not to mention all of the complications that happen outside of the stadium that can influence much more. 

And all too often in the recent past, it felt like the Redskins had trouble recovering from those kinds of hardships. With Rivera now at the helm, hopefully they'll be mentally strong enough to move on. He'll set a solid example, one that they'd be wise to follow.

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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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Jets DC Gregg Williams says Jamal Adams will "get bored" after trade to Seahawks

Jets DC Gregg Williams says Jamal Adams will "get bored" after trade to Seahawks

Once the Jets agreed to send Jamal Adams to the Seahawks in exchange for three draft picks, it ended a long saga between the disgruntled superstar and the franchise. Or so we thought. 

During a conference call with reporters Thursday, former Washington and current Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams expressed his concern with Adams' new team, saying he'll be "bored there." 

"Jamal may get bored there because they don't use safety-type things and all the different complexities of maybe not showing what they're doing as much as we do," Williams said. "We'll still do the same patterns of things, we'll still do a lot of the same exact things, but we'll highlight the people we have here."

The Seahawks have a reputation for their zone defense, which reached its peak with the "Legion of Boom" with Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. Adams figures to add to that legacy of success in the secondary and help put a contending Seattle team over the top in the NFC. 

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Still, Williams' overall point was that their defensive scheme doesn't tend to highlight the skills of its players as much as his does in New York. 

"You saw what we did [in 2019] was, [Adams] had maybe his most productive year here because we highlighted the skill sets that he's had," he said. "I've had a lot of really good guys at that position, a lot of really good safeties to build things around."

It's hard to argue with that. I mean, Adams became an All-Pro last year at the age of 24 and solidified himself as one of the best defensive players in the game.

But you also can't argue with the track record Seattle's system has had over the years. No matter what players have played on that defense, they're routinely solid and difficult to move the ball on. If the Seahawks don't bring Adams to a new level, there's a good chance he'll be able to do it for them. 

Great players typically elevate good systems. 

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