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Sorry Redskins fans - NFC Championship game features a pair of former Washington coaches

Sorry Redskins fans - NFC Championship game features a pair of former Washington coaches

Redskins fans suffered enough in 2019. The team went 3-13 and head coach Jay Gruden got fired. A few good things, if any, happened until the end of the year when former team president Bruce Allen got fired. 

So far, 2020 seems to be going much better for Washington fans. The team moved decisively to hire Ron Rivera as head coach and to put him in charge of changing the team's culture. 

For the first time in a while, there is hope surrounding the Redskins. And that's great. The team's long-suffering fanbase deserves it. 

But it doesn't change how hard next Sunday will be. Next week the San Francisco 49ers will play the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game. That might seem innocuous, but both head coaches formerly worked for the Redskins.

Kyle Shanahan now coaches the Niners, and he famously served as Redskins offensive coordinator under his father, Mike Shanahan, from 2010 to 2013. The Redskins fired both Shanahans after the 2013 season amid an ugly fallout with former star quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Now, head coach of the Green Bay Packers, Matt LaFleur worked for the Redskins at the same time, serving as quarterbacks coach. He got fired along with Shanahans in 2013. 

Now, both coaches have their teams 60 minutes away from the Super Bowl. 

It's worth pointing out the Redskins didn't find any playoff success with LaFleur or Shanahan on the coaching staff, though the problem may be bigger than either coach. The Redskins haven't won a single playoff game in more than a decade. It's also worth pointing out how complicated the fallout from the 2013 season got in Ashburn. No coach or player was without blame, but no coach or player deserved all the blame either. 

In 2014, the Redskins hired Jay Gruden to overhaul the coaching staff. For most of six seasons, Gruden ran the ship and continued to develop offensive assistant coaches, including Sean McVay. He also experienced tremendous success as a head coach, including last year's NFC crown. 

No matter what the context is, or who cares about that, knowing that for the second year in a row a former Redskins assistant coach will be the head coach of a Super Bowl team is a little jarring.

Maybe it's a bit exciting, but considering the complete lack of playoff success in Washington, it's much more alarming than exciting. 

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A house for mom, dinner for his linemen and a custom Bentley: How Dwayne Haskins spent his first million

A house for mom, dinner for his linemen and a custom Bentley: How Dwayne Haskins spent his first million

Dwayne Haskins learned a lot in his first go-round in the NFL, including just how much work is required to be a successful starting QB and how intense a typical season with the Redskins can be.

He also was exposed to the dark reality of taxes for the first time, which are far scarier than even the most devastating opposing pass rush.

In a video for GQ Sports and their "My First Million" series, Haskins discussed how he, well, spent his first million dollars as a pro. It's an epic tale, one filled with wild stories and useful lessons — including the following relatable take.

"Taxes are no joke, bro," he said.

The biggest choice the first-rounder made for himself was to pick out a custom-made Bentley that cost him $250,000. He loves it and calls it "my baby" and the "Batmobile." He's also now out of the vehicle-purchasing game for a while because of it.

"I'm not buying no more cars," Haskins said. "Not a very great investment to buy cars."

Next up for the passer was to take care of his mom, so he paid for a house that totaled about $750,000. 

"Being able to just, 'Hey mom, I've got a surprise for you, here's a house,'" Haskins recalled. "Definitely made those 14-plus years of hard work worth it."

So, that's all, right? Those two items add up to a million, so we're done here? 

Well, the house isn't technically for Haskins, so therefore, it doesn't take up room on his ledger. So the story continued.

The 22-year-old committed about $70,000 to jewelry and has about $5,000 to $7,000 set aside for a vacation to the Bahamas he's got planned for next month. He also has an estimated $10,000 in murals at his place and spent about $40,000 on clothes, including some suits to wear on game day and to events.

Then, there was a rookie dinner, where he had to treat his offensive linemen to a meal. Those guys didn't go the salad route, either.

"Of course they ordered all the appetizers, all the steaks they can get," he said. "They do not want to go to Applebee's. They want to go to the best steak place they can find... I'll do it again if I have to."

For a guy who didn't have to pay for much in college aside from a car note and maybe some bills at the library, it was quite a transition into adulthood and moneyhood. He's taken steps to hire a financial adviser and put his earnings into "different buckets," though, and seems confident he'll be in good shape for a long time.

Plus, if he excels in the coming seasons, there'll be plenty more millions coming his way. And by then, he won't be surprised when a lot of that goes to taxes.

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Report: CBA proposal would change NFL playoff structure, add 7th spot in both conferences

Report: CBA proposal would change NFL playoff structure, add 7th spot in both conferences

Teams on the brink of the playoffs could receive a big boost in the upcoming NFL season. 

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the league's new collective bargaining agreement proposal would add an additional playoff spot in both conferences and eliminate a first-round bye for the second seed, ultimately creating a six-game slate for Wild Card weekend. 

There's growing confidence that the players and owners can strike an agreement, and that could come as early as next week, according to Schefter.

That optimism comes less than a month after NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith hinted that a two-year strike may be necessary for the players to receive everything they're seeking in the new deal. 

If the proposal gets passed through, the league would implement the playoff changes for the 2020-2021 season. 

Players that are on the top-seeded team in each conference would also receive pay during the first-round bye, which is not the case under the current agreement. 

There are still issues to resolve before the two sides reach an agreement, according to ESPN. Chief among those issues is the back-and-forth about allowing the possibility of a 17-game regular season, which the league would not phase in until at least 2021. 

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