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Gruden finds silver lining in Redskins-Texans brawls


Gruden finds silver lining in Redskins-Texans brawls

RICHMOND -- Two days after expressing disappointment about the brawls that interrupted a joint practice between the Redskins and Texans, Washington Head Coach Jay Gruden conceded that there may have been a silver lining.

“I think it brought us together a little bit, actually,” Gruden said Monday afternoon. “When you watch tape—who was right, who was wrong—when you see Redskins players helping Redskins, that’s a good thing.”

Gruden, of course, was referring to Saturday’s fight-filled practice at the Bon Secours facility. After the third brawl, the teams were sent to adjacent fields, ending the joint portion of the session about an hour early.  

In the aftermath of the incident, Gruden said he warned his players about fighting on gameday because of the potential for penalties, ejection and suspension. But he also said the team did not discipline any of its players for their part in the melee.

“Obviously on gameday, you make a big deal about [the fact that] you can’t come off the bench, you can’t enter fights on gameday,” Gruden said. “That’s 15 yard penalties and possible suspensions. So we made a made a big deal about that.”

“But,” Gruden continued, “in that setting, there was no choice but for people to go protect one another. It was good to see that. I think it brought everybody closer together.” 

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 31-53

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 31-53

At, we projected the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offensedefense) right after minicamp.

Now we are taking it one step further and ranking the 53 players we think will make the team.

The rankings are determined by who we think will have the most impact on the 2018 Redskins.

No consideration was given for past performance or for what a particular player might do down the road. We’ll be revealing the rankings between now and the start of training camp. 


Today we’re starting up the list with the players we ranked from 31-53, Here are some of the players in our latest update:

— Seven of the team’s draft picks, including the pick they made last week.     

— All three specialists.

— The team’s leading rusher from 2017.   



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10 Questions in 10 days: What is Kevin O’Connell's new role in Redskins offense?


10 Questions in 10 days: What is Kevin O’Connell's new role in Redskins offense?

With Redskins Training Camp set to begin July 26th, JP Finlay takes a look at 10 of the most pressing questions for the Burgundy and Gold. 

No. 10: Major questions at linebacker on Redskins depth chart 

No. 9: What is Kevin O’Connell's new role in Redskins offense?

It might be hard to remember now, but there was a week late last season for the Redskins where most informed people considered Kevin O'Connell on his way out. The talented young quarterbacks coach was being pursued by Chip Kelly to be offensive coordinator at UCLA, and the smart money suggested O'Connell would take the job. 

Except he didn't. 

O'Connell decided to stay with the Redskins and continue to work on Jay Gruden's staff. In turn, Washington promoted O'Connell to passing game coordinator, a new title that likely means much more involvement in game-planning. 

Working for Gruden comes with some perks. Sean McVay ran the offense for Gruden for a few seasons and landed a prime head coaching job with the Rams. McVay has plenty of his own talent, but throughout the NFL, Gruden's offense is widely respected. 

How will O'Connell's influence shape things this fall?

Consider that he deserves some credit for Kirk Cousins improved play out of the pocket in 2017. Now combine a coach that schemes plays for QBs on the move with new Washington passer Alex Smith, a strong runner and serious athlete, and this offense could look much more mobile in 2018. 

Gruden still has the final call on gameday, but O'Connell's voice will matter this year, more so than before. Bill Callahan and Matt Cavanaugh retain their roles and prominence in the offensive game-planning, for sure, but as Washington imports more run-pass option plays and QB movement, know that O'Connell is playing his part. 

Things will look different with Alex Smith running the Redskins offense than they did with Kirk Cousins at the helm. 

Just remember, O'Connell didn't turn down a job in Hollywood for no reason. 



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