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Rob Ryan explains why he is so enthusiastic about joining the Redskins coaching staff

Rob Ryan explains why he is so enthusiastic about joining the Redskins coaching staff

Rob Ryan might be the country's happiest guy on Wednesday.

That's when the Redskins hired Ryan to be their inside linebackers coach, and minutes after that news broke, he sat down with the Redskins Talk podcast to react to his new job. 

This much is clear: the guy is ready to go.

"So much respect for Jay Gruden for years," Ryan told JP Finlay and Mitch Tischler. "I've interviewed twice I've wanted to be there so bad. First time didn't work out, but this time, I'm so happy to be joining him. Him and Greg [Manusky], these guys, they make you feel like you just want to go in there and do something and be a little part of their success."

In fact, Washington didn't go to the longtime coach first. Instead, he approached them with the idea.

"I reached out," he said. "I've been a long admirer of them, and I kept my eye on them."

Once Kirk Olivadotti opted to leave D.C. for Green Bay, that's when Ryan pushed for a chance to interview. This will be his 20th NFL season.

The 56-year-old, who's been a defensive coordinator at numerous stops, acknowledged that it could be hard to not be the one who's putting in all of his schemes and calls. That'll be up to Manusky in 2019.

But still, the overall theme of his chat on Redskins Talk was energy and optimism. Should someone tell him Week 1 is still like seven months away?

"This is going to be fun," he said. "This is going to be an exciting team. This is going to be a great team... You got a Pro Bowl staff over there."

As for the LBs he'll be coaching — guys like Mason Foster, Shaun Dion Hamilton, and possibly Zach Brown and Reuben Foster — Ryan mentioned how he's familiar with Manusky's defense as a whole but needs to study up more on the individual defenders.

Fortunately, he's not dreading that piece, or really any piece, of his new role.

"I love to work film, I love to do every part of that job," Ryan said. "Soon as I get into the building, I'll be putting on tape and trying to learn my players."

For Ryan's full interview, download the MyTeams app and then stream Redskins Talk's live Super Bowl show on Thursday from 11 to noon.


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Report: Trent Williams' dogs killed neighbor's dog

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Report: Trent Williams' dogs killed neighbor's dog

Trent Williams is defending his dogs after neighbors of a home registered to him in Missouri City, Texas say the Redskins' lineman's dogs brutally killed their dog.

The neighbor's dog, Sandy, according to reports, died after being mauled and dragged under an iron fence on their own property. 

According to Williams, the attack began after Sandy instigated conflict with one of Williams' smaller pets. Williams felt his dogs did nothing wrong and said the animals were defending the smaller dog, who is fighting for its life after $5,000 in medical bills. 

Williams told FOX 26 Houston that the situation was "dogs doing what dogs do."

In comments to local television stations, Sandy's owner's described how they found their dog.

"I found my dog halfway ripped apart, head and one leg on the other side of the fence, two of those stakes ripped through the body and one leg just dangling," said Jerry Flowers.

"They drug her head through the fence," Linda Flowers said. "Half of her body was through the wrought iron fence."

Animal control and local police are no longer investigating the incident according to ABC 13. Williams was not cited for the incident.

Williams is on the non-football injury list for the Washington Redskins after ending his holdout halfway through the season. 


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Once the Redskins Ironman, Ryan Kerrigan moved to injured reserve

Once the Redskins Ironman, Ryan Kerrigan moved to injured reserve

The Redskins moved outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan to the injured reserve after he injured his calf last week against Green Bay. He will miss the remainder of the season. 

Kerrigan had started every game for Washington since 2011 until just three weeks ago, one of the most impressive streaks in the NFL at 139 straight starts. 

He missed the Panthers game due to a concussion, was able to come back from the Packers game and then hurt his calf. 

After three straight seasons with double-digit sacks, Kerrigan’s numbers were down this year. He will finish the season with just 5.5 sacks after posting 37 over the last few years. 

Dexter Manley holds the Redskins franchise record with 91 sacks. After bringing down Aaron Rodgers last week in Green Bay before his injury, Kerrigan got to 90 sacks. 

If he comes back healthy in 2020, Kerrigan would look prime to break the franchise record. He will be in the last year of his contract, however, and will account for nearly $12 million against the salary cap.

Should Washington release Kerrigan, which was once unthinkable, it would carry no salary cap hit. 

To replace Kerrigan on the active roster the Redskins signed Caleb Wilson from the Cardinals practice squad.