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Barry is impressed with Goldson's leadership


Barry is impressed with Goldson's leadership

 A defensive coordinator always likes to have a few of “his guys” among the players, veterans he can count on to set the example and help keep things running smoothly.

A new coordinator will often adopt a player who played for him before to be his guy. But the Redskins didn’t sign anyone from the Chargers after they hired their linebackers coach to be their defensive coordinator. It appears that Joe Barry has decided that safety Dashon Goldson, acquired from the Bucs in a trade, is one of the guys he will rely on.

“He is an absolute professional in the way that he works, the way that he handles himself in the meeting room,” Barry said when asked about Goldson, who was voted by the players to be the defensive captain this week. You can see he's always taking notes, he’s always talking ball. Out on the field he's always discussing what happened in practice.”

Barry likes the example that Goldson sets for younger players like rookie Kyshoen Jarrett.

“I would classify him as a guy who is totally in to ball 100 percent,” he said. “The thing about that that’s great, when your marquee, star players are like that it’s infectious.”

To say that Goldson fell out of favor in Tampa Bay after signing with them following his first-team All-Pro 2012 in San Francisco would be an understatement. They agreed to pay $4 million of his 2015 salary to expedite a trade to Washington.  

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But Barry is unconcerned with what went wrong with Goldson and the Bucs.

“Quite honestly, I never watched one snap of Goldson at Tampa Bay,” said Barry.

Some might think it’s surprising that the defensive coordinator did not take a look at a starting caliber player his team was considering acquiring. But other than an occasional glance, Barry claims that he has not watched him play.

But he has formed his opinion of him nonetheless.

“Dashon Goldson is a dang good football player,” he said. “He just loves playing the game, loves preparing and as I said before he’s phenomenal as a leader. I think that’s just the way he is.”

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For better or worse, Sean McVay in the Super Bowl is bittersweet for Redskins fans


For better or worse, Sean McVay in the Super Bowl is bittersweet for Redskins fans

Sean McVay left the Redskins after the 2016 season to take over as head coach of the Los Angeles Rams.

Now, McVay will lead the Rams to the Super Bowl.

For Redskins fans, no matter what the reality of trying to keep McVay in 2016, it must sting that the 32-year-old head coach is at the top of his profession.

Meanwhile, the Redskins haven't made the playoffs since the 2015 season.

There is a dose of reality that needs to be served up. 

Keeping McVay in Washington probably was never going to happen. Jay Gruden had already promoted McVay to offensive coordinator, but it was obvious McVay wanted to be a head coach. An NFL team cannot keep an assistant from interviewing for a head coach position.

On a personal level, Gruden and McVay first worked together in 2008 with the Bucs. The two worked together on the Florida Tuskers staff in 2009. Knowing that, how could Gruden do anything but support McVay getting his chance to be a head coach?

Still, it's tough for Redskins fans to see McVay heading to the Super Bowl. 

Many wonder what might have been if McVay got promoted to the top job in D.C.. It's a fun theory, but it's not reality. 


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That time Antonio Brown and Kyler Murray practiced together


That time Antonio Brown and Kyler Murray practiced together

Thanks to Antonio Brown, we have the hopes and dreams of a splashy off-season for the Washington Redskins in one tidy four-second video.

Brown, the NFL’s best receiver, is angling for a trade out of Pittsburgh.

Kyler Murray is the reigning Heisman Trophy quarterback and a projected 2019 first round pick.

During the NFC Championship game, the Steelers wide receiver tweeted out a clip of him hauling in a deep pass from the University of Oklahoma product. Yes, that’s going to draw some eyeballs, perhaps especially from fans of a team with quarterback uncertainty and lacking offensive playmakers.

Another OU standout, wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown”, joined his cousin Antonio and Murray for the workout. This isn’t the first time all three shared a field.

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Marquise Brown, a true speed threat, could become the first wide receiver selected in the 2019 draft.

There’s no way for the Redskins to land all three. Even two seems highly unlikely considering the two prospects are projected first-round selections and acquiring Brown would cost a No. 1 and plenty more. It’s still cool to dream. Considering the quarterback concerns with Alex Smith, Jamison Crowder entering free agency and the need for more pieces regardless, even landing one of them would work.