Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan revealed Wednesday that he received death threats after his costly gaffe late in Sundays 31-28 defeat at St. Louis.I heard everything, especially when they got you on Twitter and theyre sending you death threats, Morgan said, and wishing bad on your family, your first born. You see it all, hear it all. You dont got no choice. But you never let it get to you, especially me being from DC.Its all over my Twitter.Indeed, a quick look at messages directed at Morgan on the social media website including name calling, racial epithets and at least three death threats, including ond that read, in part, I will kill you in your sleep you expletiveMorgan said he did not respond to any of the messages. He also said the episode will not chase him off Twitter.Youre not supposed to respond, he said. Youre supposed to respond with your actions. And thats what Im going to do.He added: The only thing I take seriously is football and my family. Nothing really scares me. Im from D.C.Morgan also revealed that he was fined by the league for the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty he drew for throwing the ball at Cortland Finnegan. Morgan acted out of frustration after Finnegan shoved Morgan in the helmet.Morgan did not disclose the amount of the fine.
In the weeks since the 2018 season ended, the Redskins have had various levels of contact with Todd Bowles, Steve Wilks and Gregg Williams.
All three men have extensive experience as defensive coordinators and all three men got new jobs already this offseason in that position.
Now, after Bowles, Wilks and Williams picked up those new jobs, The Washington Post reported that the Redskins will keep Greg Manusky as defensive coorinator. He's already under contract.
The meetings with all the other guys? A source told the Post that the Redskins wanted to get "different perspectives" on improving the defense for 2019.
Different perspectives. From the three hottest coordinator names on the coaching market. Sure.
That said, Manusky is not the sole reason the Redskins fell apart in the second half of the 2018 season. In fact, he's probably not in the Top 5 reasons.
The Washington defense improved in Manusky's second season as defensive coordinator and looked like a fierce unit in the first half of the year. The team made tremendous strides in rush defense and proved to be quite good at forcing turnovers.
Late in the season, verbal spats with safety DJ Swearinger might have undermined Manusky's status with the defense. But the team decided to release Swearinger, cementing the coach's authority. It also helped that emerging leader Jonathan Allen came out and vocally supported Manusky and his defensive schemes.
At this point, the Redskins have no choice but to say the team was keeping Manusky all along.
If the organization was interested in other candidates at defensive coordinator, and it sure seemed like they were, those guys found other jobs. The marketplace isn't packed with other candidates with brighter resumes to replace Manusky, so the team is smart to bring back the incumbent.
The process was awkward, regardless of what gets said now. Manusky is a professional, and has been coaching in the NFL for more than a decade. He understands how business gets done.
Now, Manusky will be back, and there is good young talent on the Redskins defense, especially up front.
The guess here is Manusky will say he always expected to be back and never stopped working on getting better for 2019. Now he gets the chance to show it.
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Chris Thompson is an accomplished player in the NFL. Despite being a fifth round pick, Thompson has made it to a second contract, something more than half of the league never does.
In six seasons with the Redskins, Thompson has nearly 2,500 yards from scrimmage and 15 touchdowns. At times, he's been among the best third down backs in the NFL.
This is a long way of establishing that Chris Thompson is an accomplised football player. Redskins fans know that.
Adrian Peterson didn't.
Funny story. When AP was on his visit here I introduced myself to him and assumed he knew who I was based off how well I had played the previous season. As we were talking he said, “you play cornerback?” My heart dropped. 😂😂😂— Chris Thompson (@ChrisThompson_4) January 16, 2019
Not many people would share that story, so good for Thompson for doing it. Let's add that Peterson joined the Redskins after offseason workouts and training camp, the normal time for new players to get to know each other. Peterson signed up with the Redskins in the middle of August, well after the regular get-to-know-you period had closed.
Still, that's a tough break for Thompson.
Peterson is a legend in the NFL, one of the best running backs to ever play the game. When he joined the Redskins, a number of players watched him work in practice with the hint of awe in their eyes. He proved to be a great teammate and a strong presence in the locker room.
By the end of the year, Peterson was obviously a leader for the Redskins. Players looked up to him, even if he didn't know their name when the year started.
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