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Cardinals become first NFL team to have a female coach

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Cardinals become first NFL team to have a female coach

BY PETER HAILEY

Redskins fans had their eyes on the Cardinals during the last few days, as the team was reported to have some interest in former 'Skin Chris Cooley until ultimately deciding to go in another direction. On Monday, however, the Cardinals did make a move -- and it's one that all NFL fans, not just those in Washington, will take note of.

According to Arizona's website, the Cards have officially made Jen Welter what is thought to be the NFL's first female coach. Welter, who was on the Indoor Football League's Texas Revolution's staff prior to Monday's news, will work as a training camp/preseason intern while coaching the inside linebackers.

“Coaching is nothing more than teaching,” head coach Bruce Arians said after the news broke. “One thing I have learned from players is, ‘How are you going to make me better? If you can make me better, I don’t care if you’re the Green Hornet, man, I’ll listen.’"

Overall, Arians is confident that this could be the first step in a long career for Welter.

"I really believe she’ll have a great opportunity with this internship through training camp to open some doors for her.”

Welter is certainly no stranger to the sport: She has 14 seasons of professional football playing experience under her belt, and has the distinction of being the first female to play a non-kicking position in a men’s pro football league (she played running back for Texas in 2014). Overall, Arians thinks she has what it takes to be a trailblazer. 

"She came for an OTA and I met her, and I thought she was the type of person that could handle this in a very positive way for women and open that door." 

If Welter can capitalize on the opportunity that's been presented to her, there's a chance we could one day look back on July 27, 2015 as a historic date. The ball has been handed to Welter -- now it's time to see how far she can run with it.

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Exploring the different scenarios between the Redskins and Trent Williams

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Exploring the different scenarios between the Redskins and Trent Williams

Training camp comes for the Redskins near the end of July, and in mid-June, not much looks overly worrisome. Except for the Trent Williams situation.

As fans well know, Williams missed all of mandatory minicamp amid reports that the seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle was upset with his contract. There are also reports that Williams is upset with the Redskins medical staff, and one report that the former Top 10 pick "vowed" never to return to Washington. 

That's serious stuff.

Jay Gruden rotated between calling Williams the Redskins best player and one of the team's most important players when the coach spoke about the situation during minicamp. Regardless of the exact assessment, Williams is obviously important to the Redskins plans for 2019, and how good the team can possibly become. 

Looking to the fall, there are a few probable outcomes for the Williams situation to end. Here's a look at the possibilities:

  1. Redskins trade Trent Williams - This seems like quite a long shot, but not impossible. Williams has started 119 games in Washington since 2010, but just two playoff games in that time. He's a very valuable player, one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL, and could obviously draw interest around the NFL. A trade seems quite unlikely, but if a contending team wanted to move for Williams, he might actually want to go. This doesn't seem likely until closer to Week 1, and it doesn't seem likely anyway. The Redskins won't be able to get close to equitable value for Williams on the trade market. 
  2. Redskins cut Trent Williams - There is zero chance this happens. Zero. ZEROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
  3. Redskins make it work with Trent Williams - The reality of pro football doesn't bode great for Williams. He's under contract for two more seasons and the salary structure of the NFL means there isn't much money without game checks. All of that suggests Williams arrives for the Redskins somewhere in mid-August, perhaps after training camp in Richmond but well before Week 1 in Philadelphia. That doesn't mean, however, that the 'Skins couldn't make a goodwill offer to Williams. His deal in 2020 holds barely any guaranteed cash, and perhaps making more of his salary a certainty could help him come back to the fold. 
  4. Trent Williams never returns - This seems highly unlikely, but has been reported. Williams seems very angry at the Redskins medical staff based off his Instagram posts, and if he can't trust the doctors, maybe he can't play for the organization. Williams has made a tremendous amount of money during his NFL career, with nearly $100 million in career earnings, so never say never. 

 

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In addition to being an NFL player, Bryce Love can now call himself a Stanford graduate

In addition to being an NFL player, Bryce Love can now call himself a Stanford graduate

Bryce Love hopes he'll have the opportunity to carry many footballs in his NFL career. But this past weekend, the running back picked up something that'll be just as, if not more, valuable than the attempts he'll be getting on Sundays.

How's a college diploma from Stanford sound? Pretty solid, right?

Oh, how about a college diploma from Stanford in human biology? Yeah, probably something worth hanging up on the ol' fridge, huh?

Well, that very hard-earned and impressive degree is what Love is now in possession of:

Drafted by the Redskins in late-April and walking across the stage at Stanford in mid-June, Love is doing well for himself recently. He passed up the chance to enter the draft early to ensure he graduated, and now he has.

His college GPA isn't known, but once you find out his high school GPA was 4.5 (that's apparently possible) and add that to the fact that he was able to finish up school out west while also churning up yards for the Cardinal, you can imagine it was very, very good. And if his yards-per-carry average as a pro matches or exceeds it, then the Redskins will be thrilled.

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