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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.

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  • 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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Charley Casserly learned a lot from the late Bobby Mitchell

Charley Casserly learned a lot from the late Bobby Mitchell

As the Washington Redskins family continues to mourn the passing of the legendary Bobby Mitchell, former GM Charley Casserly weighed in on how much he took away from knowing Mitchell.

“Bobby Mitchell was a dear friend and mentor to me during my time with the Washington Redskins,” Casserly begins. “He took me under his wing. He taught me scouting.”

Casserly first met Mitchell when the former was just an intern getting his start in the business. Rather than push him aside, Mitchell imparted upon Casserly the importance of attitude and demeanor.

“He taught me how to be a professional in the workplace,” the former GM continued. “He cared about people in the community. That’s what, to me, separated him from many other people.”

Mitchell’s longest-lasting impact is his role as one of the first players of color to integrate the Redskins back in 1962, but his role as a mentor and friend to so many in the Washington area lives on as well.

As Casserly says, Mitchell is sorely missed already.

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Brian Mitchell was 'truly impressed' by Redskins legend Bobby Mitchell: Great football player, better human being

Brian Mitchell was 'truly impressed' by Redskins legend Bobby Mitchell: Great football player, better human being

Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell died on Sunday at the age of 84, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Mitchell, who became the first black player on the Redskins when he was traded to Washington in 1962, had a significant impact on another former Redskin, Brian Mitchell, both on and off the field. 

“He was a great football player but I think 25,000 times more of a human being,” said Brian, who was drafted by the Redskins in 1990. 

As Brian grew closer with the Hall of Famer, he was especially impressed by his efforts to fight for equality in the African American community.

“I knew that he was the first African American to come to D.C. and play, but then when I began to find out more about him he was the guy that was out there fighting, a social activist, doing things to help out our black community, which truly truly impressed me,” Brian expressed.

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Brian took great pride in not only knowing the Hall of Famer but having the same last name. 

“I remember someone asking if I was a relative and he said 'no.' And then he told me, he said ‘every time you ran another touchdown, I was like he’s a cousin. Oh, that’s my boy, that’s my son,” Brian said. 

To this day Brian strives to be as influential as Bobby was.

“This one man who did so much had so much impact on so many people throughout this community, it said a lot to me. He’s going to be sorely missed. We love you Bobby, take care,” Brian said.

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