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Ron Rivera's first meeting with Redskins: Nick Sundberg, Tress Way share details

Ron Rivera's first meeting with Redskins: Nick Sundberg, Tress Way share details

Ron Rivera spoke to roughly 130 people on Zoom last week — including players, other coaches and support staff — in what was his first truly team-wide meeting with the Redskins.

Rivera's goal that day was to establish the kind of culture he's aiming to build in Washington, and while he clearly would've preferred to lay that foundation in person, he still hoped everyone came away from the meeting with a solid idea of his vision.

Well, according to Tress Way and Nick Sundberg, the coach accomplished that — and much more. 

"I think I ran downstairs and I might’ve tackled my son Beau at two years old," Way told the Redskins Talk podcast during a long interview that also featured Sundberg. "It was like six or seven minutes and it was just intense."

Rivera's voice, Way explained, never became too loud as he addressed multiple levels of the organization. What he lacked in volume, however, he made up for with his message and the conviction he delivered it with, stressing to those in the conference that the Redskins would control their attitude, preparation and effort as long as he was leading the franchise.

"Now everybody knows the standard that is set," Way said. "And I’m telling you, in and out, this dude went through a few slides, there was no ifs, ands or buts. There was no confusion. You could not have misunderstood."

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Sundberg agreed with Way's assessment.

"That is exactly how he comes across in person, too," the longest-tenured Redskin said. "Super nice guy, easy to talk to, you can sit and tell stories and laugh and that sort of thing. But when it comes to talking shop, he’s honest and I appreciate that about him. I want to know exactly what you’re looking for from me and how you want me to do it. If I can’t do it, that’s on me. But at least give me the opportunity to tell me every single thing that’s expected of me."

Rivera will be Sundberg's third full-time coach with the Burgundy and Gold, following Mike Shanahan and Jay Gruden. Because the long snapper didn't leave the area until February, he had the chance to interact with Rivera face-to-face in the building. Those run-ins, as well as what Sundberg's seen online, have invigorated him.

"Any time you get new leadership," Sundberg said, "it should motivate you to look at yourself in the mirror and say, ‘Was I a part of the problem or am I part of the solution?’"

In this virtual offseason, the two experienced specialists have actually found themselves acting like rookies at times. While both typically get to every team function early, they're making sure to really stay on top of that now. Way is even doing what he can to spruce up how he looks in front of his laptop.

"Five minutes before that meeting was supposed to start, I logged on, made sure my lighting was good, made sure there was not anything going down on this side," he said.

"He definitely gets that out of people," Sundberg added. "They want to make sure everything is perfect because they don’t want to come off the wrong way."

Rivera's job with the Redskins is going to be a demanding one. Washington is starting this decade on the heels of one of its worst ever, and he's being trusted to right the entire operation. 

Judging by these reviews, though, he's already pulled off one extremely challenging task, and that's holding a smooth Zoom meeting where what was supposed to be communicated was successfully communicated. If he can do that, then the whole winning football games thing should be a breeze.

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Patriots' Julian Edelman says he and DeSean Jackson will 'educate one another and grow together'

Patriots' Julian Edelman says he and DeSean Jackson will 'educate one another and grow together'

Current Eagles and former Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson has been under fire recently after he shared anti-Semitic quotes falsely attributed to Adolf Hitler on his Instagram account.

After facing major backlash, Jackson apologized for his actions. The Philadelphia Eagles also released a statement on the situation, condemning the wide receiver's posts. Former NBA player Stephen Jackson noted that DeSean Jackson was almost fired over the incident, but explained that he believed the NFL veteran was "speaking the truth." 

Unlike Stephen Jackson, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who is Jewish, spoke out against the wide receiver's actions calling them "ugly things" to say. However, Edelman doesn't want the conversation to end there, as he hopes to work with Jackson on where he went wrong and how he can improve, while also gaining more knowledge himself about the Black Lives Matter movement.

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The Patriots pass-catcher extended an invitation to Jackson on Thursday to join him at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., Edelman also said he would attend D.C.'s Museum of African-American History and Culture with Jackson in return.

On Friday, Edelman shared on Twitter that the two have connected and are working toward finding a way to "educate one another and grow together."

Though Edelman explained that the actual plans will be detailed in the future, it appears both wide receivers are willing to communicate and try and learn from each other's experiences.

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Jonathan Allen supports Red Wolves as new name: 'That would be fire'

Jonathan Allen supports Red Wolves as new name: 'That would be fire'

Add Jonathan Allen to the group supporting Red Wolves as the rebrand of the Washington Redskins.

During a streaming session on his Twitch channel, which the Instagram page redskinstoday got a video of, the Washington defensive lineman explained what he liked about the potential new name for the team. Besides enjoying the moniker itself, Allen is imagining all the great nicknames that would come out of it.

“So many great things could come out of that," Allen said. “Call the stadium 'The Den,' get the 'Wolfpack' on D.”

“I ain’t gonna lie, that would be hype, bro," Allen said.

Washington Red Wolves is an idea that first caught the attention of many when former Washington defensive back Fred Smoot proposed the name in an interview with NBC Sports Washington. Smoot has since expanded on his idea, explaining why it's a perfect fit for the team. 

"It is an endangered species. It allows us to keep the 'HTTR,'" Smoot said on 'Redskins Talk and Friends'. "It allows us to keep the burgundy and gold. It allows us to have some crazy uniforms."

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Additionally, Smoot believes that Red Wolves could lead to a new and exciting stadium chant being formed. After a big play, fans could celebrate with a loud 'howl' in unison. That's something Allen can get behind.

“Get a sack and let out a big howl, that s--- would be fire, bro," Allen said.

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Smoot has continued to campaign for the Red Wolves on Twitter, as have many others. A geotargeted Twitter map has shown that Red Wolves has some support across the country, as it currently is listed fourth-highest. Warriors, Red Tails and Red Hawks fill out the top three.

Former Redskins Will Compton has also voiced his support for the name.

As Allen gears up to lead a talented defensive front in Washington, a rebrand to the Red Wolves could lead to a lot of 'howls' after sacks in the future.

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