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Darrell Green talks Breeland, Norman, explains why Richard Sherman isn't a 'No. 1'

Darrell Green talks Breeland, Norman, explains why Richard Sherman isn't a 'No. 1'

In case you haven't already heard, the Redskins secondary is going to look a bit different this season. 

The signing of Josh Norman gives the team a true number-one cornerback to lock down some of the top wide receivers in the league. 

Prior to Norman's arrival, Bashaud Breeland — fresh off a breakout season in 2015 — was thought to maybe be the guy to get a crack at that role in 2016.

Legendary Redskins cornerback Darrell Green joined "Grant and Danny" on 106.7 The Fan on Friday to talk all things defense, including what it means to be a true number-one.

"He is not number-one, and deservedly so," Green said, referring to the third-year cornerback out of Clemson.

"I thought that only beginning last year you could see him say 'Hey, I am gonna do something in this league.' So if I'm him, I have a right type of mad in him. There's a right way to be mad and say 'you know what, I'm gonna show them.'"

With Norman drawing all the attention, Green thinks it will provide Breeland with a great opportunity to break out.

"There's probably going to be more balls his way and he's just gonna go do his thing. This is a great opportunity for him. But no, he's not number-one. But he was great last year, now lets see him go do it again."

When asked if the landscape of depth among defensive backs is changing, with reference to Richard Sherman covering a side of the field as opposed to a No. 1 receiver, Green provided a legendary career's worth of insight.

"Richard Sherman to me, is not a number-one. To me a number-one is ... is Darrell Green, Deion (Sanders), guys who go and follow the dog ... the man. I got to take (Michael) Jordan. I got to take Kobe (Bryant). We gotta take the guy because the team is counting on us to take the guy. If Josh (Norman) don't take the guy, then he ain't a number-one to me. That's just me and I'm old school."

Green's comments weren't so much as a slight at Sherman's talent as it was what he's asked or prefers to do.

"Now if you get in to a 'we're gonna play a base cover-2, cover-3, then yeah, you can interchange, put people in those place. But I'm talking about guys who, we got to put you on so-and-so and you got to get this done. If that's not the case then you're right, it's not a number-one."

Luckily for Redskins fans, Josh Norman wants to check the alpha dog and will be asked to do so.

With a bevy of top-tier wide receivers on the schedule this season — Antonio Brown, A.J. Green, Larry Fitzgerald, and both Dez Bryant and Odell Beckham Jr. twice — the new star defensive back will have ample opportunity to remind folks why he was considered the best cornerback in the NFL a season ago.

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2020 NFL Mock Draft 5.0: How does Tua Tagovailoa's injury shake up the draft?

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2020 NFL Mock Draft 5.0: How does Tua Tagovailoa's injury shake up the draft?

The college football world was put into a frenzy this past Saturday, as Alabama quarterback and potential 2020 NFL Draft No. 1 overall pick Tua Tagovailoa injured his hip vs. Mississippi State. He underwent surgery on Monday and will miss the remainder of the season.

Doctors anticipate a full recovery for Tagovailoa, but the Alabama QB will almost certainly be unable to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine in February. Once the consensus No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, how much will his draft status be altered?


Even with Tagovailoa's status uncertain, the 2020 NFL Draft us still loaded at the quarterback position. Will teams look to LSU's Joe Burrow or Oregon's Justin Herbert as the answer? 

Outside of quarterback, this draft is expected to be loaded with pass rushers and wide receivers.

Will the trio of Alabama's wide receivers -- Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III and DeVonta Smith -- all be first-round picks? What about Clemson's Tee Higgins and Oklahoma's Ceedee Lamb?

Ohio State's Chase Young will steal all the headlines at pass rusher, but LSU's K’Lavon Chaisson and Iowa's A.J. Epenesa are both sure to be first-round picks. Where do they end up?


As we saw with Tagovailoa, things can change in an instant. The draft order is still uncertain, as there are still several weeks or football to be played. But there are plenty of impact players in the 2020 Draft to help a plethora of teams.


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Breaking down Dwayne Haskins and Derrius Guice's first NFL touchdown

Breaking down Dwayne Haskins and Derrius Guice's first NFL touchdown

Although the Redskins suffered a brutal loss to the Jets in Week 11, a glimpse of hope occurred in the fourth quarter between two players the Burgundy and Gold expect to be a large part of the future of the franchise.

Rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins threw his first NFL touchdown pass, a 45-yard screen pass to second-year running back Derrius Guice. The touchdown was the Redskins first in 16 quarters, and also Guice's first NFL touchdown as well.

Redskins running backs coach Randy Jordan broke down how the play unfolded.

Jordan emphasized that on the play design, Guice was instructed to follow right guard Brandon Scherff on the screen and to follow his release. Scherff did an excellent job of releasing off his initial blocker and getting to the edge, allowing Guice to do the rest.

"The biggest thing for Derrius is trusting his landmarks, getting on the numbers, working his angle blocks and getting the ball out on the edge," Jordan said.

Guice found himself in open space down the right sideline, with only one Jets defender in his path from the end zone. The LSU product was not going to let New York safety Marcus Maye stop him from scoring.

"What I really like about this play, is at the very end, we always talk about scoring. Don't allow one defender to bring you down to the ground," Jordan said. "He ends up setting them up with a chop cut, a foot fire, ends up running by the [defender], and he ends up scoring for a big play."

Unfortunately for the Redskins, the touchdown came when they were down by multiple scores, as the big play had no impact on the final result. But Washington hopes the Haskins and Guice connection is a staple in the Redskins offense for years to come.