With Joe Barry gone, the Redskins are on the march for a new defensive coordinator, and Mike Garafalo has reported heavy interest in former Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley. Here are three reasons why Bradley could be the man for the job:
- Do your job - Before we get to the personal ties between Bradley and the 'Skins organization, let's point out what landed the former Jacksonville boss a head coaching job: the work he did in Seattle. Defensive coordinator of the Seahawks for four seasons, Bradley twice had Top 10 units, including the No. 1 defense in points allowed in 2012. In Jacksonville, things went bad for Bradley as his teams posted a 14-48 record, but this past season, the Jags ranked No. 6 in yards allowed.
- Back to your roots - When Bradley was experiencing most of his success with the Seahawks, Scot McCloughan was working in the Seattle front office. Multiple reports show both men think highly of one another, and the opportunity to run a defense with players McCloughan picks could appeal to Bradley. The players McCloughan picked for Bradley in Seattle seemed to work out just fine.
- Even further back - Everything goes back to Tampa, or at least it seems that way. Bruce Allen ran the Bucs as GM from 2003 to 2008, and that's when he worked with Jay Gruden on the offensive staff. Another guy on that staff? Gus Bradley. In 2006, Bradley joined the Bucs staff in a quality control role. In 2007, Bradley moved up to linebackers coach, which became vacated when Joe Barry left to become defensive coordinator in Detroit. Yes, that Joe Barry. In 2009, Seattle hired Bradley to run their defense.
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NFL players took to Twitter on Saturday to send well-wishes to Andrew Luck after news broke that he is retiring from the NFL.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Luck was 'mentally worn out' after years of battling injuries. Luck confirmed the news in an emotional press conference on Saturday night.
"Andrew luck I understand you 100% brotha," wrote Dez Bryant. "... take your time ... I wish you the best."
Redskins rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins reacted to the news with emojis.
Former player turned ESPN analyst Emmanuel Acho posted video of Colts fans booing Luck as he walked into the locker room. "Coach always said, 'the pats on the back eventually turn into stabs,'" he wrote.
"That's bad to boo that man," added former Redskins player Chris Baker.
Former Ravens and current Carolina player Torrey Smith tweeted that anyone in the sport understands.
Jaguars long snapper Matt Overton wrote he was "shook."
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Jordan Reed took a major blow to the head in the Redskins third preseason game in Atlanta, and the blow eventually landed Washington's stud tight end in the NFL's concussion protocol.
Falcons safety Keanu Neal delivered the hit, and while it was clearly illegal and resulted in a penalty on the field, he took to Twitter to defend his play.
It's hard to judge intent under the incredible speed that plays happen during pro football. When a player goes in for a tackle, ball carriers can also move, and plays that look dirty in slow motion can look reasonable in full speed. Still, it's undeniable that Reed took a major shot in the helmet from Neal, and it definitely seemed unnecessary. And it's not a secret that Reed has dealt with serious head injuries throughout his NFL career.
There has been no update on Reed's condition beyond that he's in the NFL concussion protocol. Reed also stayed in the game after the big hit from Neal before his concussion symptoms showed up at halftime.
Neal is a fifth-year safety out of the University of Florida. He missed most of the 2018 season with an ACL injury. Reed also attended the University of Florida.
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