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Former GM Scot McCloughan has surprisingly positive things to say about the Redskins

Former GM Scot McCloughan has surprisingly positive things to say about the Redskins

One would not have blamed Scot McCloughan for being bitter about the way the Redskins let him go in early March, right at the start of free agency and with reports of a power struggle and a trail of anonymous reports about him drinking appearing in the wake of his firing.

But that does not appear to be the case. The Redskins former general manager took the high road in an interview today with Grant and Danny on 106.7 The Fan.

“It’s too bad what happened here but it is mutual,” said McCloughan. “There’s a lot of good people in this organization, from the ownership down, throughout the whole building, players, coaches. [Owner] Dan [Snyder] was nothing but great to us. You know, it just didn’t work out. As you’re well aware, it’s a big business and it just didn’t work out.

“It’s a good organization, it’s a really good organization. It just wasn’t meant to be.”

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McCloughan said that the Redskins did well in the draft. He acknowledged that he had the board mostly set up prior to his departure, although some adjustments were made based on medical and other factors. But he deflected credit.

“I thought they did a good job,” he said. “The thing that’s cool about this organization, I’ve been to three other ones, the head coach, Jay [Gruden], is a good evaluator. He can see it and identify it. I leaned on him, he leaned on me. Knowing I wasn’t there, he can still see it. I was with [Mike] Holmgren, he didn’t want any part of it. Pete Carroll didn’t want any part of it. Mike Nolan, didn’t want any part of it, Mike Singletary didn’t want any part of it. But Jay really, really studies a lot of tape and he can identify, you know, which helped me out quite a bit. You can always use good opinions because it’s not an exact science.”

Holmgren was that head coach of the Packers and Carroll is the head coach of the Seahawks when McCloughan was in personnel departments with each of those teams. Nolan and Singletary coached the 49ers while McCloughan was the GM in San Francisco.

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As hard as it may be to believe, McCloughan will be rooting for the Redskins this fall.

“A lot of players have reached out, a lot of coaches have reached out, front office have reached out,” he said. “It’s not a bad relationship whatsoever. Like I said, I hate that it came to this but I treated them fairly, they treated me fairly and that’s what it’s about. Like I said, I’m pulling for them.”

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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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