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If Sean McVay leaves, expect internal promotion for Redskins at offensive coordinator

If Sean McVay leaves, expect internal promotion for Redskins at offensive coordinator

Success can bring accolades and awards, but at times, it also presents problems. As the Redskins' offense piled up guady yardage totals this season, the prospect of losing offensive coordinator Sean McVay to a head coaching gig became more realistic. Now it seems McVay has emerged as a very serious contender for the Rams vacant job, and that poses a potential quandry for Washington coach Jay Gruden.

If McVay leaves, who should replace him? And how does Gruden keep the offensive momentum working?

It seems the Redskins would promote internally to replace McVay. The two leading candidates for that position would be offensive line coach Bill Callahan and quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh. 

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Callahan has decades of coaching experience, both as a head coach and at coordinator. His greatest success came in Oakland in the early 2000s, and he also ran the offense for the Cowboys and was head coach at University of Nebraska. Cavanaugh played QB in the NFL from 1978-1991 and has coached in various spots since. Named the QB coach in January 2015, Cavanaugh has worked extensively with Kirk Cousins since his emergence as the Redskins starter that fall. 

Another internal candidate to consider would be tight ends coach Wes Phillips. Much younger than Cavanaugh or Callahan, Phillips currently coaches tight ends in Washington. Three seasons ago, the 'Skins promoted a young Sean McVay from tight ends coach to offensive coordinator, and the move worked out pretty well, not to mention Phillips' NFL pedigree that includes both his father and grandfather being head coaches in the league.

Assuming Cousins stays on to quarterback the Redskins, not much should change with Washington's offensive attack, regardless who is named coordinator. The biggest question would be about play calling, an area McVay handled in 2016. Gruden has deep roots as a play caller, and handled the duties his first season in Washington. Callahan and Cavanaugh have plenty of input towards play calling as well. 

Should McVay leave, it seems unlikely to expect much change on the offensive side for the 'Skins. One big difference, however, will be a new, alebit familiar, voice in Cousins' helmet calling the plays.

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D.C. Congresswoman will propose bill for RFK Stadium site as soon as Redskins change name

D.C. Congresswoman will propose bill for RFK Stadium site as soon as Redskins change name

D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton is prepared to bring a bill to Congress to buy the federal land that houses RFK Stadium in an effort to get a new facility built for the Washington football team. 

As soon as the Redskins change their name. 

"I certainly will. This is unused land. Unused Federal land. And the District can’t afford, because we have a height limit, to have any land go that goes unused. I couldn’t get this bill through even when Republicans controlled the House," Norton said Monday. "So I now believe I can get it through only after the name is changed for the good of the District of Columbia."

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Speaking exclusively with the Redskins Talk Podcast, Norton explained that a new stadium on the RFK site will make a tremendous economic impact for both the citizens of D.C. and for Redskins owner Dan Snyder.  

"Everybody wants to come to the nation’s capital. Events benefit tremendously by coming to the nation’s capital," the congresswoman said. "But you’ve got to have a place to hold those events. There was only one place to hold those events. And [not having] that place has - for no good reason - cost all those involved, including the District of Columbia, but above all Dan Snyder, a boatload, indeed a fortune, in revenue.”

The Redskins haven't played in D.C. since the late 1990s and, coincidental or not, the team has experienced barely any postseason success in that same time period. Norton might not be the biggest football fan, but she knows what's good for Washington football fans. 

"The time has come, it’s way overdue."

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Report: Native American groups send letter to Roger Goodell asking NFL to force Redskins name change

Report: Native American groups send letter to Roger Goodell asking NFL to force Redskins name change

The push for the Washington Redskins' name to change continued on Monday, as more than a dozen Native American groups sent a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell calling for the league to force the franchise to change its name immediately, according to Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press.

Demands from the letter were for the NFL to end the use of all Native American names, imagery and logos, specifically citing Washington's franchise. The Redskins' primary logo, which has been the same since 1972, features a modernized Native American with burgundy and gold feathers.

The Native American groups "expect the NFL to engage in a robust, meaningful reconciliation process with Native American movement leaders, tribes, and organizations to repair the decades of emotional violence and other serious harms this racist team name has caused to Native Peoples," the letter read.

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Last Friday, the Redskins released a team statement that the franchise was undergoing a "thorough review" of its name after public pressure from FedEx, PepsiCo, Bank of America, Nike and other major corporate sponsors called for a change.

Monday's letter comes on a day where many voices commented on a potential name change, including President Donald Trump. Additionally, D.C. Mayor Murial Bowser said Monday that she's pleased with the organization's choice to review its name. Others, such as FS1's Skip Bayless, don't believe the franchise will change its name until it has to.

Outside of coronavirus and the social justice movement in America, the Redskins' name controversy might be the biggest storyline in the United States right now. These comments on Monday are just the latest proof of that.

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