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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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Redskins cut edge rusher Noah Spence, promote Carroll Phillips from practice squad

Redskins cut edge rusher Noah Spence, promote Carroll Phillips from practice squad

The Redskins cut former Buccaneers second-round pick Noah Spence Tuesday and promoted Carroll Phillips from the practice squad, according to Ian Rapoport

Washington signed Spence in mid-September after the Bucs cut him at the end of training camp.

Hopes were high for Spence in Tampa after he recorded 5.5 sacks in his rookie season, but has only recorded two sacks in the three seasons following 2016. 

Phillips joined the Redskins practice squad in Week 9 after playing in limited snaps with the Jaguars and Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2017. 

The Illinois product figures to be the fourth man in the Redskins pass rush rotation behind Ryan Kerrigan, Montez Sweat and Ryan Anderson. 

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2020 NFL Mock Draft 5.0: Will the Redskins go best player available at No. 2?

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2020 NFL Mock Draft 5.0: Will the Redskins go best player available at No. 2?

After Week 11 of the 2019 NFL season, only the Cincinnati Bengals have a higher likelihood of landing the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft than the Washington Redskins. 

Washington is 1-9, and it's hard to identify which, if any, games remaining on their schedule are winnable. In all likelihood, even if the Burgundy and Gold tally another win or two on the season, Washington will be selecting a player in the top five of the 2020 NFL Draft.

So how do the Redskins turn it around? It starts with the draft

In our latest Mock Draft 5.0, the Redskins have the No. 2 overall pick. With the team needing help in a variety of areas, what do they do with the pick?

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Here are a few options.

Chase Young, Ohio State, EDGE: In a draft full of offensive talent, Young has been widely considered the best player available. The OSU product would make an immediate impact on a team that has struggled to get to the quarterback in 2019. Our mock draft has Washington taking Young.

Jerry Jeudy, Alabama, WR: Jeudy is arguably the best wide receiver prospect since Odell Beckham Jr. in 2014. He's lethal with the ball in his hands and is the best route runner in college football. Outside of Terry McLaurin, Washington's wide receiving corps have little promise. Selecting Jeudy would give young QB Dwayne Haskins a go-to target.

Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio State, CB: Quinton Dunbar has had a solid season for the Burgundy and Gold, but both Josh Norman and Fabian Moreau have been liabilities in the secondary. With Norman's contract, Washington will likely release him in the offseason. Okudah is the best cornerback in the draft and has elite man-to-man and ball skills.

Andrew Thomas, Georgia, LT: Donald Penn has proven to be a serviceable fill in, but at 36 years old, he has little future in Washington. Trent Williams has vowed to never be a Redskin again, meaning this position becomes a necessity for the Redskins. Thomas is the best offensive lineman in the class and would be a Day 1 starter for Washington.

Trade Back: The No. 2 overall pick could be used as a trade asset for the Burgundy and Gold before or on draft day. With quarterbacks Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert, and potentially Tua Tagovailoa slated to go in the top five of the draft, any QB-needy team could offer the Redskins a package they cannot refuse for the No. 2 pick. The Redskins have holes across the board, and the best way to address them could be stockpiling draft picks, similarly to how the Raiders did in 2019.

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