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While Dwayne Haskins' first Madden rating is fair, Montez Sweat's feels too low

While Dwayne Haskins' first Madden rating is fair, Montez Sweat's feels too low

The Dwayne Haskins news you've all been dying to hear about is finally out. Yes, the wait is over. What you've been wondering about ever since he was drafted in April is, at last, official.

The rookie quarterback's first rating in Madden is a 72. That's one point lower than Kyler Murray's 73.

Digging deeper, Haskins' throw power checks in at an 89, a high number but one that seems deserved after seeing him uncork a few fastballs during OTAs and minicamp sessions in Ashburn. His short, middle and deep accuracy, meanwhile, are 85, 80 and 81 respectively.

Haskins, however, isn't the Redskins' highest-rated rookie. That distinction belongs to the team's other first-rounder, Montez Sweat, who earned a 73 overall from the popular video game. For someone as productive in college and as freakish as Sweat, though, that grade feels a bit disrespectful. 

Much like how it appears much of the NFL overlooked the edge rusher in the draft — whether it's because of his heart condition or some other concern — Madden might be as well. Sure, in these cases it's only a matter of a point or two too low, but a guy who put up double-digit sacks in back-to-back years in the SEC should be looked at the same as other defenders like Dexter Lawrence, Jeffrey Simmons, Brian Burns and Clelin Ferrell. 

But before this story gets too bogged down in reacting to one rating of someone who's still a few months away from making his debut, let's react to additional ratings of people who are still a few months away from making their debuts:

  • Washington's third highest-rated draft pick may surprise you. It's not Terry McLaurin (who's a 70), Kelvin Harmon (who's a 67) or either of the offensive linemen. It's Bryce Love, whom Madden assigned a 71. Love's first campaign in the league may be delayed by a stint on the PUP list, but obviously, the game expects a lot from him whenever he does return.

 

  • McLaurin is the fastest new Redskin, according to EA Sports. His speed is a 93. Love is second at 92, and Sweat — yeah, the 6-foot-6, 260-pound outside linebacker — is third with a 91. That's equal to Murray's speed, by the way, and faster than plenty of high-profile wideouts and running backs.

 

  • One of the more fun parts of sorting through all of these numbers is checking out the completely random ones given to guys in skill areas that totally don't relate to their position. For example, if you're wondering how devastating Wes Martin's juke move is, the answer is not devastating (just a 10). Jimmy Moreland is a 25 as a pass blocker, so don't look for him to replace Trent Williams. And Cole Holcomb is only an 18 when it comes to his kick power, so if Dustin Hopkins goes down, Jay Gruden will need to look elsewhere for an in-game sub.

 

  • Lastly, while Haskins is in the low-70s as of now, he plans on boosting that quite a bit by the time 2020 rolls around:

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Report: Bill Callahan to join Browns' staff as offensive line coach

Report: Bill Callahan to join Browns' staff as offensive line coach

Bill Callahan was not unemployed for long.

The former Redskins offensive line coach, who served as Washington's interim head coach in 2019 after Jay Gruden was fired following an 0-5 start, is joining the Cleveland Browns staff, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

The 63-year-old will reportedly serve as the Browns' offensive line coach, a title he has over two decades of coaching experience of.

Callahan served as the Redskins offensive line coach from 2017-2019. He worked his way up the coaching ranks in both college and the NFL as an offensive line coach for over a decade before the Raiders hired him as offensive coordinator in 1998. He was later promoted to head coach in 2002 and spent two seasons at the helm before leaving for the same position at Nebraska.

After a four-year tenure as head coach at the University of Nebraska ended in 2007, Callahan returned to the NFL as an offensive line coach for the Jets. He spent the next 12 years as an offensive line coach for three different NFL teams before he was named the Redskins interim head coach in October.

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Scott Turner won the Redskins offensive coordinator job over Kevin O'Connell, per source

Scott Turner won the Redskins offensive coordinator job over Kevin O'Connell, per source

There has been plenty of speculation as to why new Redskins head coach Ron Rivera decided to hire Scott Turner as offensive coordinator, and now a source tells NBC Sports Washington the answer is simple. 

Turner won the job competition. 

Many expected 2019 Redskins offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell to maintain his position when the team hired Rivera as their new head coach earlier this month. That didn't happen. 

As Rivera moved quickly to assemble his coaching staff, the biggest question seemed to be running the offense and working with second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Rivera interviewed O'Connell and Turner for the job, and asked to interview former Giants head coach Pat Shurmur. 

Shurmur declined the interview, and at that point, a source explained that Rivera then made his decision to go with Turner over O'Connell. 

So why Turner? 

Both candidates got their first experience calling plays last year after an in-season firing to the head coach. The results weren't great for either coach, but Turner's game plans involved more play action passing than O'Connell. 

Turner's resume working with Cam Newton and Teddy Bridgewater mattered, as did the plan Turner presented for working with Haskins. 

It's important to note that Rivera had years of experience working with Turner, as well as his father Norv Turner. That mattered too, and one source explained Rivera "believed" in Turner. 

While O'Connell landed in a strong spot as offensive coordinator for the Rams, he won't be calling plays. Coaches don't like giving up control, particularly offensive coaches giving up play calling. For O'Connell, maybe that will change in LA, but it will take time. 

Some Redskins fans have a bad habit of assuming the worst. That maybe Turner got the job because O'Connell passed on it. That's not the case, per multiple sources.

Ron Rivera wanted his guy, and that's why Turner got the job. 

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