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NFL Schedule Release: What we already know about 2017 Redskins slate

NFL Schedule Release: What we already know about 2017 Redskins slate

The full NFL schedule will be released Thursday night, but even before the Redskins 2017 plans get posted, much has already been decided. 

Washington will obviously play six NFC East division games, with home and away tilts against the Cowboys, Eagles and Giants. Usually at least three of those games will be played in December, and almost certainly a division game will mark the end of the 2017 regular season. Last year, the 'Skins played in Dallas on Thanksgiving Day, so it seems unlikely that trip happens two years in a row. 

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Beyond the NFC East games, the 'Skins will face the NFC and AFC West divisions. That means road trips to face the Seahawks and Rams, as well as the Chargers and Chiefs. The Cardinals and 49ers will visit FedEx Field as will the Broncos and Raiders. 

With both the Chargers and Rams now playing in Los Angeles, it's possible the NFL could schedule the Redskins on back-to-back weeks in Southern California. That would allow the team to stay out west during the week between games, cutting down on some potential travel. A similar scene could unfold if the NFL schedules the 'Skins against the Rams or Chargers followed by the trip to Seattle, or vice versa. Three straight weeks on the opposite coast does not seem plausible. 

By finishing third in the NFC East in 2016, the Redskins also locked in dates with two other NFC third place finishers in New Orleans and Minnesota. The Vikings will travel to Washington, where the 'Skins will make the trip to the French Quarter to face the Saints. 

The 'Skins have started the past two seasons with two consectuive home games. Smart money says that streak will end in 2017. Washington also played five nationally broadcast games in 2016; three primetime contests as well as the Thanksgiving game and an early morning London contest against the Bengals. Expect that number to drop as well. 

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If Luke Kuechly wants to coach, would Ron Rivera hire him for the Redskins?

If Luke Kuechly wants to coach, would Ron Rivera hire him for the Redskins?

One of the best linebackers of the last decade, Luke Kuechly retired from football this week in a move that stunned many. For years Kuechly has dealt with injuries, including multiple concussions, and decided his body could not withstand anymore life in the NFL. 

Or at least being on the field. 

A new NFL Network report suggested that Kuechly could be looking to stay in the game in a coaching or consulting role, and that it could happen this season. 

"I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Luke Kuechly in the NFL. As a player we have," Mike Garafolo said on Good Morning Football.

The natural question for Redskins fans becomes if Kuechly could land in Washington. New Redskins coach Ron Rivera was with the Panthers when the team drafted Kuechly ninth overall in 2012, and the duo worked closely together. It's been widely reported that Kuechly and Rivera have a strong relationship too. 

When Kuechly announced his retirement, Rivera took to Twitter to compare the linebacker to Hall of Famers Mike Singletary and Brian Urlacher. Rivera also said he "will remember Luke’s sense of humor, his leadership & 4 being a great teammate."

The Redskins recently announced their assistant coaches and linebackers coach Steve Russ worked with Kuechly for the past two seasons in Carolina. There is no assistant linebackers coach on the staff, but that's a role that could be created. There are few rules about assistant coaches in the NFL; for example, last season the Redskins employed an inside linebackers coach and an outside linebackers coach because they played a 3-4 system. This year the team will play the 4-3. 

It's unclear what role Kuechly would want, and while the connection to Rivera is obvious, so is the connection to Carolina. 

"Certainly the Panthers would love to have him be a part of their organization in some capacity," Garafolo said. 

What happens next for Kuechly remains unknown. He just retired from football a few days ago. He might need time to make his next series of decisions. 

Based on Rivera's actions so far as the new Redskins boss, however, it would not be a surprise at all if the head coach tries to get Kuechly to Washington. Rivera has hired just about everyone else that was with the Panthers in the last decade; why not add one more?

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Jason Garrett reportedly to stay in NFC East, becomes Giants offensive coordinator

Jason Garrett reportedly to stay in NFC East, becomes Giants offensive coordinator

Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has agreed to become the new offensive coordinator of the New York Giants, according to a report from ESPN

He will join the staff of first-year head coach Joe Judge.

Garrett was recently let go after a 10-year unimpressive stint with the Dallas Cowboys. In that span, he only led the team to three playoff appearances and with that two playoff wins. 

The team underperformed in 2019 after starting the season with Super Bowl aspirations. Stumbling to an 8-8 record, It became clear that Garrett was the not the answer at head coach. Following the end of the regular season, the team decided to go in another direction replacing him with former Packers coach Mike McCarthy.

The Princeton alum led the Cowboys to an 85-67 overall record during his tenure in Dallas.

As a former backup QB for the Giants (2000-03) and Cowboys (1993-99), he has an extensive background in game-planning against the NFC East.

Judge was named head coach on Jan. 7 after spending eight seasons with the Patriots. He was promoted to special teams coordinator in 2015, and also became the team's wide receiver coach in 2019.

Garrett and Judge will be tasked with developing a young roster with some intriguing options at their disposal, as well as the No. 4 overall pick in April's draft.

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