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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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Two other Redskins RBs intend to learn whatever they can from Adrian Peterson

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Two other Redskins RBs intend to learn whatever they can from Adrian Peterson

A few weeks ago, running backs coach Randy Jordan floated a hypothetical out to his unit: If you could start a franchise with any guy, who would you pick?

Rob Kelley's answer was Adrian Peterson. And as fate would have it, Peterson is now a part of Kelley's franchise, a fact that has the third-year back floored. 

"I was kind of amazed," Kelley said on Tuesday, which was Peterson's first day as a 'Skin. "I have a opportunity to play with Adrian Peterson, it feels surreal."

Kapri Bibbs' reaction was much of the same.

"It's amazing having him in the building," he told reporters. "I couldn't hope for anything better."

Samaje Perine wasn't in a position to speak to the media by the time the locker room was closed, but at least in the eyes of Kelley and Bibbs, Peterson's arrival is something to embrace. It's not too often you get to go through drills and meetings with a guy who's going to have a bust in Canton sometime soon.

"I don't think there really is a cap to that," Bibbs answered when asked what he's hoping to pick up from Washington's new No. 26. "There's not too much you can learn from him."

"I got him here, what can I learn from him?" Kelley said in reponse to a similar question. "What can I gain from this situation? How can I make myself a better player by watching him?"

Bibbs revealed that Peterson is already "spilling information" to him, which lines up with Peterson saying at the podium in Ashburn he wants to come in and be a positive influence on the rest of the group.

However, Peterson also said in his presser that he "without a doubt" wants to be the starter, and if that does eventually happen, it'll come at the expense of someone else's spot on the roster or someone else's reps in a game, whether that be a Kelley, a Bibbs or a Perine.

That's not something that bothers two of the options already in the Burgundy and Gold's backfield, though.

"I'm always gonna come in every single day, regardless," Bibbs said when Peterson's resume and talents were brought up as something that could pressure him.

Kelley isn't stressed, either.

"Right now, I'm just putting my head down and working and trying to get better."

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Does Adrian Peterson want to start for the Redskins? 'Without a doubt'

Does Adrian Peterson want to start for the Redskins? 'Without a doubt'

Adrian Peterson wants to be a good teammate, but he also made clear that he came to the Redskins to compete for the starting running back job. 

"Without a doubt," Peterson said when asked if he wanted to start. "And I would be cheating myself if that wasn't my approach."

The legendary running back is right, of course. 

Elite athletes always want to be at the top, and that drive is what gets them there. Peterson has run for nearly 12,000 yards in his NFL career, and that doesn't happen by accident.

Coming to Washington presents a different challenge for Peterson. 

Unsigned until August 20th, Peterson ran for a career low 3.4 yards-per-carry last season in split time between the Saints and Cardinals. It's no sure thing he even makes the roster, let alone starts for the Redskins on September 9 when the season begins. 

Peterson, however, is confident he has more left in his legs. 

"I continue to work because at the end of the day I control my output. So that’s why I continue to work hard. I knew an opportunity would present itself. And at the end of the day, God’s willing, stay healthy, the guys up front stay healthy as well, I know that I’ll be able to contribute in a big way in the run game."

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