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With Joe Barry out, who makes sense for Redskins at defensive coordinator?

With Joe Barry out, who makes sense for Redskins at defensive coordinator?

The Redskins defense under performed with Joe Barry as its coordinator, and in turn, Barry will be let go, along with the entire defensive staff.

The first report of that news comes from CBS' Jason La Canfora, but it's hardly a surprise. 

With Barry on the way out, it's time to look at names that might make sense for the 'Skins, and expect a lot more names to pop up as the coaching carousel heats up.


  • Paul Guenther - He's worked on the coaching staff in Cincinnati for 12 seasons, and has been the D-coordinator with the Bengals for the last three seasons. Learning under defensive guru Marvin Lewis for much of that time, Guenther has familiarity with Jay Gruden from their days together with the Bengals. The Cincy D this season ranked in the Top 10 in points allowed and has been a strong group for some time.
  • Wade Phillips - This hire could make a lot of sense. Phillips has been one of the best at running defenses in the NFL for decades, and his son Wes works on the Redskins staff as tight ends coach. With Gary Kubiak resigning in Denver, Phillips has an expiring contract and questions about his future took the former head coach to Twitter to say, "Coaches life--unemployed to SB victory to unemployed in 3 years or less." Phillips also tweeted that he would like to stay in Denver, but who knows what that new staff will look like, and the appeal of possibly coaching with his son must have a major draw. 
  • Rex Ryan - This seems unlikely, but Ryan is certainly a strong defensive mind. He's also bombastic and loud, something the steadily progressing Redskins organization might not want to deal with.
  • Gus Bradley - One of the hottest names in the NFL a few seasons back as Seahawks defensive coordinator, things went bad for Bradley as the head coach in Jacksonville. Some players on the Jags, notably Jalen Ramsey said they felt "caged" by Bradley's system and the team defense struggled as a whole. A fresh start could be a big help for Bradley, who overlapped with Scot McCloughan while in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Vic Fangio - When the Redskins hired Barry in 2015, fans screamed because they wanted Fangio. At the time, Fangio had been running the 49ers defense, but he left when the team foolishly divorced itself from Jim Harbaugh. Currently running the Bears defense - that Bears defense that allowed the Redskins to post 41 points on over Christmas - word is Fangio's job is safe. For now.  
  • Greg Manusky - It's not a given that the Redskins will look for an internal hire, but if they do, Manusky is the name to watch. He goes back with Scot McCloughan to their days in San Francisco when Manusky was defensive coordinator for the 49ers and McCloughan ran the front office. 

Stay tuned.


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Need to Know: Post-minicamp Redskins 53-man roster projection—Offense

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Need to Know: Post-minicamp Redskins 53-man roster projection—Offense

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, June 18, 38 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

Redskins 53-man roster projection—offense 

It may still be early to project the roster, but things are coming into focus after the round of practices in helmets and shorts. Here is my look at who I think will make it on offense; defense up tomorrow. 

Quarterbacks (2)
Alex Smith, Colt McCoy

I think that Kevin Hogan is very much on the bubble as the third quarterback. They got along with two QBs last year, and with Alex Smith having demonstrated great durability during his career, Hogan may well get bumped off. 

Running backs (4)
Derrius Guice, Chris Thompson, Samaje Perine, Rob Kelley

I’d say that this is 95 percent locked in. Maybe Kapri Bibbs or Byron Marshall can make a push for Kelley’s roster spot but his history with Jay Gruden will make it very hard for him to get knocked out. 

Wide receivers (6)
Josh Doctson, Paul Richardson, Jamison Crowder, Maurice Harris, Robert Davis, Trey Quinn

The first time I did this back in April I didn’t have Quinn on the roster. That was before he was a man among boys at rookie camp and a player who looks like he belongs when the veterans showed up. I don’t know if he’ll have the impact that many fans think he will, but he’s certainly going to get his chance. Brian Quick could steal a roster spot from Harris or Davis.

Tight ends (3)
Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis, Jeremy Sprinkle

The Redskins did not draft a tight end or sign one in free agency so there seems to be faith that Reed will be healthy. We’ve heard that before and it seems somewhat risky to leave Davis, who has Father Time nipping at his heels, and the inexperienced Davis as the only two backups. They may try to make room for an undrafted rookie like Hudson Garrett.  

Offensive line (9)
Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Chase Roullier, Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses, Ty Nsekhe, Geron Christian, Tyler Catalina, Tony Bergstrom

I think that Gruden is probably happy with the starters here but the depth is shaky, especially in the interior. The key could be whether Christian is ready for prime time as the swing tackle. That could allow Nsekhe to fill in at guard. Bergstrom is fine as the backup center, although I wouldn’t want to have to count on him for more than a few games. 

Offensive players: 24
Rookies (3):
Guice, Christian, Quinn
New to the organization in 2018 (5): Rookies plus Smith, Richardson 
Not on 2017 Week 1 roster (11): Rookies plus new plus Harris (practice squad), R. Davis (practice squad) and Bergstrom (not on the team). 

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Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 38
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 52
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 75

The Redskins last played a game 167 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 83 days. 

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Zach Brown says Redskins defense will 'have it out' for Terrelle Pryor during joint practices

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Zach Brown says Redskins defense will 'have it out' for Terrelle Pryor during joint practices

Terrelle Pryor made a number of highlight reel catches last year during training camp, and it appears the Redskins defense didn't like it. 

Washington's marquee free agent signing last season, Pryor came into Richmond with sky-high expectations. Throughout the training sessions last August, Pryor put on one-handed displays at the Jugs machine and often made big catches in team drills. It's also important to remember there was never any live tackling during these drills, leaving defenders at a distinct disadvantage. 

Zach Brown remembers the scene quite well, and thinks it will look very different this summer when Pryor comes to Richmond as a member of the New York Jets. 

"That’s going to be something right there. The boys are gonna have it out for him. We can put hands on him now," Brown said on Inside the Locker Room on the Team 980 (full audio here).

Brown explained that Redskins coach Jay Gruden would not allow the defense to hit Pryor last year, even when the wideout did some showboating. 

"Jay ain't here to protect you anymore," Brown said.

The Redskins linebacker explained that he tried to explain to Pryor that the one-handed catches from training camp would not translate in the NFC East, where players get hit hard. It doesn't seem like Pryor listened, as he finished the season with only 240 receiving yards on 20 catches in nine games. 

"The boys were already hot for what he was doing last year," Brown said. He added, "Try to one-hand something while you’re with the Jets, you’re gonna catch a forearm."

One incident that supports Brown's comments came when Bashaud Breeland got thrown off the practice field last training camp. Breeland got mad that he wasn't allowed to get physical with Pryor at the line of scrimmage, and the scene blew up. Breeland eventually got sent off the field after arguing with coaches. 

The Jets visit the Redskins for three days of practices beginning August 12th. The two teams then square off in the second preseason game on August 16th. 

Brown will get his chance at Pryor, assuming the wideout plays. Pryor finished the 2018 season on the injured reserve, but is expected to be fine once training camp begins in New York. 



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