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New Redskins defensive coordinator search update: 3 contenders but other names lurk

New Redskins defensive coordinator search update: 3 contenders but other names lurk

After the dismissal of Joe Barry last week, the Redskins search for a new defensive coordinator is moving briskly. Here's an update on everything we know. 

  • Gus Bradley still remains the leader in the clubhouse for the job, at least according to a number of reports. Though his teams struggled in Jacksonville as a head coach, Bradley was a strong defensive coordinator in Seattle and has ties to both Scot McCloughan from their days with the Seahawks and to Bruce Allen and Jay Gruden from their days in Tampa. One hiccup in the Bradley to Ashburn conversations: A report surfaced that Bills interim coach Anthony Lynn wanted to bring Bradley with him as defensive coordinator should Lynn land a full-time, head coaching job. As of now, Lynn has plenty of interviews to be a head coach, but no offers. 
  • The Redskins received permission to interview Panthers secondary coach and assistant head coach Steve Wilks. Carolina could have blocked the Redskins request for an interview, but elected not to. Wilks has also interviewed for the Rams head coaching position. Perhaps Wilks' greatest success has been the development of Josh Norman from late-round draft pick to elite cover corner. With Norman now in Washington, it's possible Wilks has a vocal supporter already on the Burgundy and Gold. 
  • Internally, Greg Manusky looks like the only coaching staff holdover with a chance to become defensive coordinator. He currently serves as the 'Skins outside linebackers coach, one of the few units that performed well on the Redskins beleugered 2016 defense, and his work with third-year pro Trent Murphy opened a lot of eyes in Ashburn. Further, Manusky has experience running defenses, as he was coordinator in Indy, San Diego and San Francisco in various stops earlier in his career. 
  • Cross Gregg Williams' name off the list. To many it seemed unlikely anyway that the former defensive coordinator during the Joe Gibbs 2.0 days in Washington would come back, now it is a done deal after reports link Williams to the Browns open coordinator position. Remember, when Gibbs resigned in 2007, Williams was considered a front runner to take over as Washington head coach. Instead, the organization turned to Jim Zorn. Yep, Jim Zorn. 
  • Another name to take off the list is Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther. Cincinnati denied permission when Washington requested to talk with Guenther, who worked with Gruden for years while both were in Cincy.
  • There has been zero movement towards him, but for the crowd that clamors for the vocal, brash Rex Ryan, don't expect him at Redskins Park anytime soon. CSN's Chick Hernandez reported that Ryan will likely head for the bright lights of television instead of coaching in 2017, a move that makes sense as the former Jets and Bills head coach can be entertaining when holding a microphone. 
  • The situation surrounding Wade Phillips continues to be interesting. With his contract as Denver's defensive coordinator set to expire, and head coach Gary Kubiak resigned, it looks like John Elway will go a new direction at head coach. Reports connect Miami defensive coordinator Vance Joseph as the front-runner for the Broncos top gig, and if that happens, it's unlikely Phillips gets retained. Should Phillips hit the open market, there will be plenty of suitors, and much speculation points to the Raiders. But remember, Phillips' son Wes is the Redskins tight ends coach. Don't count Phillips out quite yet. 


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The best players on the Redskins according to their Madden 19 ratings

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The best players on the Redskins according to their Madden 19 ratings

Madden 19 won't be released to the public until August 10, but the player ratings for the top players on each NFL team have been released.

The video reaches the Redskins a little after four minutes in. The top nine players on the Redskins, according to their Madden 19 overall ratings are as follows:

  1. LT Trent Williams, 91
  2. RG Brandon Scherff, 88
  3. FS D.J. Swearinger, 86
  4. MLB Zach Brown, 85
  5. CB Josh Norman, 84
  6. RB Chris Thompson, 83
  7. WR Paul Richardson, 83
  8. QB Alex Smith, 81
  9. WR Jamison Crowder, 81

The list has Washington's two best linemen up top followed by its best skill position players and Zach Brown. Beyond Williams and Sherff, there's some debate to be had. Both Richardson and Crowder can make a serious case to be the team's best receiver. Crowder had 22 more receptions and 86 more yards than Richardson in 2017, but Richardson had six touchdowns to Crowder's three.

Smith is coming off arguably the best season of his career with Kansas City. He put up over 4,000 passing yards for the first time in his career, posted career bests in quarterback rating, touchdown passes, interception percentage and completions. His rating as the fifth-best offensive player behind two other skill position players seems off.

These rankings will change throughout the season as more updates become available, but this is what there is to work with right now.


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Redskins schedule preview: Week 15 vs. Jaguars

Redskins schedule preview: Week 15 vs. Jaguars

We’re previewing every game of the 2018 season with a look forward and a look back. Up today, it’s the game against the Jaguars. 

Week 15 December 16, TIAA Bank Field

2017 Jaguars: 10-6, First in AFC South, lost AFC championship game 

Projected 2018 wins per Westgate SuperBook: 9

Early line: Redskins +8

Key additions: G Andrew Norwell, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, WR Donte Moncrief, 

Key losses:WR Allen Hurns, WR Allen Robinson

Biggest questions: 

  • QB Blake Bortles was very inconsistent during the season and there was talk of the team looking for a replacement for him prior to their run in the playoffs. Does he have what it takes to get the team back into serious contention. 
  • The team also got an inconsistent season out of RB Leonard Fournette, the No. 4 pick in the draft. Can he put together the monster season that would justify his draft status and help elevate the Jaguars to elite status. 
  • The Jaguars went from 25thin scoring defense in 2016 to second last year. Will they fall back to the pack this year?

Series history

The Redskins lead the all-time series 5-1. The Jaguars only win against them came in 2002.

Series notables

The first time: September 28, 1997, Jack Kent Cooke Stadium—In the second game ever played at the Redskins’ new stadium, Jacksonville took a 9-0 lead in the second quarter, but then-Jags QB Mark Brunell threw a pair of interceptions that set up two Washington touchdowns and the Redskins won 24-12. Gus Frerotte threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns and Terry Allen gained 122 yards on 36 carries. 

The last time: November 14, 2012, FedEx Field—Jay Gruden got his first win as the Redskins’ head coach in this one. Robert Griffin III went out of this game early with an injury and Kirk Cousins passed for 250 yards and two touchdowns in his place. It was the defense that dominated this game, racking up 10 sacks, tying the team record set in 1977. Ryan Kerrigan got four of those sacks, tying the team individual record for sacks in a game. The Redskins won 41-10.

The best time: October 1, 2006, FedEx Field—A taught, exciting game came to an explosive end when Santana Moss snared a pass that Mark Brunell perhaps should not have thrown and streaked to the end zone, giving the Redskins a 36-30 overtime win over Jacksonville.

The reason the throw was risky was that two defenders were near Moss as Brunell fired it to the speedy receiver. Somehow both of them missed it. Moss grabbed it, spun around and bolted the rest of the way to complete the 68-yard game winner.

It was Moss’ third touchdown reception of the day. In the first quarter, he caught a long pass from Brunell and executed a nifty spin move near the goal line to complete the 55-yard touchdown play. An eight-yard Moss TD catch early in the third quarter put the Redskins up by 10 but the Jags battled back to tie it with six seconds left. That set up Moss’ overtime heroics. 

The worst time: November 10, 2002, Alltel Stadium—The Redskins came into the game riding a two-game winning streak and at 4-4 they were squarely in playoff contention. A strong running game had been their best asset during their surge to .500 and, with the Jaguars sporting the worst run defense in the NFL, there was every reason to believe that the Redskins would take the land route to another win.

But coach Steve Spurrier had different ideas. "I was dumb enough to think we could throw it up and down the field," Spurrier said. "We ran a little bit here and there. We had a little success there early, and I got away from it too much. The second quarter, I kept thinking at midfield, we could throw the ball from there. But we didn't do it very well. So, looking back, I called a lousy game."

His defense didn’t play very well either. The Redskins scored first but the Jaguars scored 26 unanswered points and came out with a 26-7 win.

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