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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The college football world was put into a frenzy this past Saturday, as Alabama quarterback and potential 2020 NFL Draft No. 1 overall pick Tua Tagovailoa injured his hip vs. Mississippi State. He underwent surgery on Monday and will miss the remainder of the season.
Doctors anticipate a full recovery for Tagovailoa, but the Alabama QB will almost certainly be unable to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine in February. Once the consensus No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, how much will his draft status be altered?
Even with Tagovailoa's status uncertain, the 2020 NFL Draft us still loaded at the quarterback position. Will teams look to LSU's Joe Burrow or Oregon's Justin Herbert as the answer?
Outside of quarterback, this draft is expected to be loaded with pass rushers and wide receivers.
Will the trio of Alabama's wide receivers -- Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III and DeVonta Smith -- all be first-round picks? What about Clemson's Tee Higgins and Oklahoma's Ceedee Lamb?
Ohio State's Chase Young will steal all the headlines at pass rusher, but LSU's K’Lavon Chaisson and Iowa's A.J. Epenesa are both sure to be first-round picks. Where do they end up?
As we saw with Tagovailoa, things can change in an instant. The draft order is still uncertain, as there are still several weeks or football to be played. But there are plenty of impact players in the 2020 Draft to help a plethora of teams.
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Although the Redskins suffered a brutal loss to the Jets in Week 11, a glimpse of hope occurred in the fourth quarter between two players the Burgundy and Gold expect to be a large part of the future of the franchise.
Rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins threw his first NFL touchdown pass, a 45-yard screen pass to second-year running back Derrius Guice. The touchdown was the Redskins first in 16 quarters, and also Guice's first NFL touchdown as well.
Redskins running backs coach Randy Jordan broke down how the play unfolded.
Jordan emphasized that on the play design, Guice was instructed to follow right guard Brandon Scherff on the screen and to follow his release. Scherff did an excellent job of releasing off his initial blocker and getting to the edge, allowing Guice to do the rest.
"The biggest thing for Derrius is trusting his landmarks, getting on the numbers, working his angle blocks and getting the ball out on the edge," Jordan said.
Guice found himself in open space down the right sideline, with only one Jets defender in his path from the end zone. The LSU product was not going to let New York safety Marcus Maye stop him from scoring.
"What I really like about this play, is at the very end, we always talk about scoring. Don't allow one defender to bring you down to the ground," Jordan said. "He ends up setting them up with a chop cut, a foot fire, ends up running by the [defender], and he ends up scoring for a big play."
Unfortunately for the Redskins, the touchdown came when they were down by multiple scores, as the big play had no impact on the final result. But Washington hopes the Haskins and Guice connection is a staple in the Redskins offense for years to come.
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