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Redskins experiencing ripple effects from coaching moves around the NFL

Redskins experiencing ripple effects from coaching moves around the NFL

There are NFL coaching moves going on in Denver, Los Angeles, and Buffalo and the effects are being felt in Ashburn, Virginia.

The news from LA could hit the Redskins the hardest. The Rams are seriously considering hiring Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVay as their head coach. That would leave the Redskins in search of two coordinators as they fired defensive coordinator last week.

Possibilities for the offensive job could include internal candidates offensive line coach Bill Callahan and quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh. Both have deep resumes that include time as a head coach (Callahan) and NFL offensive coordinator (Cavanaugh).

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If McVay gets the Rams job, the Redskins could be minus one prime candidate for defensive coordinator. Wade Phillips, a longtime successful defensive coordinator, could be cut loose from the Broncos in the wake of Denver’s hiring of Vance Joseph, a defensive coach who likely will have a big hand in running the defense, to be the head coach there. Phillips could be a good fit for the Redskins but there are reports that McVay would want to bring Phillips to Los Angeles with him. That doesn’t push him out of the picture but it does dim the prospects to some extent.

Meanwhile, another candidate for the Redskins job on defense could have a better option right where he is. Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott has been hired as the head coach of the Bills. In Charlotte, the word in the media is that secondary coach Steve Wilks is going to be promoted into McDermott’s old job. The Redskins had asked for permission to interview Wilks for their defensive coordinator job. But now it appears that you can cross him off the list.

It’s not all bad news for the Redskins’ search. Former Bills offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn was thought to the favorite for the head job in Buffalo after Rex Ryan was fired. If he got the job, or any head coaching gig, he was going to bring in Gus Bradley as his defensive coordinator. But Lynn was passed over in favor of McDermott and he doesn’t appear to be a strong candidate for any of the three remaining openings. If the two were indeed tied together the arrangement appears to be moot.

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The Redskins interviewed Bradley, the former Seattle DC and Jaguars head coach, on Wednesday after meeting with ex-Browns head coach Mike Pettine on Monday.

Rushing a process like this is never a good idea. But the Redskins should be as thorough as they can while keeping an eye on the shifting landscape around them as it gobbles up potential candidates.

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Jay Gruden reportedly to join Jaguars as their offensive coordinator

Jay Gruden reportedly to join Jaguars as their offensive coordinator

Just four months shy of his last appearance on the NFL gridiron sidelines, Jay Gruden may already have his 2020 gig lined up, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.

Gruden was head coach of the Washington Redskins for six seasons, beginning in 2014 and going 35-49-1 in his burgundy and gold tenure. Gruden pushed the Redskins to their first postseason appearance since 2012 in his second year with the team, as well as back-to-back winning seasons in 2015 and 2016, not seen in Washington since 1996 and 1997. 

In March 2017, Gruden signed a two-year extension with the Redskins. He was fired after beginning the 2019 season 0-5. 

Recently, Gruden confirmed to Rapoport that he was "itching for something to do" and seeking employment before Jacksonville brought him in to interview for the OC role. 

After playing four years at the University of Louisville and and eight more in various football leagues, Gruden held many offensive roles, offensive coordinator for the Florida Tuskers and Cincinnati Bengals. 

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Joe Gibbs told Ron Rivera that Dan Snyder was never 'an interference' while he coached the Redskins

Joe Gibbs told Ron Rivera that Dan Snyder was never 'an interference' while he coached the Redskins

New Redskins head coach Ron Rivera did plenty of research before accepting the job earlier this month.

Rivera spent 30-35 hours with Redskins owner Dan Snyder before agreeing to be the ninth head coach of the owner's tenure. Additionally, he reached out to legendary Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs, and ended up spending several hours talking with him prior to accepting the job. The two originally spoke on the phone, before the three-time Super Bowl-winning head coach invited Rivera over to his home in Charlotte last month to discuss even further.

On Tuesday, Gibbs spoke on the Carol Maloney show, where he revealed some of the topics he spoke with Rivera about. One of those included the involvement of Snyder, who Gibbs spoke glowingly about.

"Where I felt like I could help the most was telling [Rivera] what it was like working with Dan," Gibbs said. "When I was there, Dan did every single thing he could do to help us win and was never, in any way, an interference. He was always trying to help in every single way he could."

Additionally, Gibbs raved about the Redskins fanbase. He explained to Rivera that fans in D.C. understand football, have been following the team forever, and are some of the most passionate in the sport.

"The other thing I could do, I felt like, was tell him about what it's like coaching in the greatest city in the world with the greatest fans in the world," Gibbs said. "I did tell him I thought it was the greatest job in the NFL."

Gibbs told Maloney that he hates making predictions, but had a strong one about the future of the Redskins fanbase.

"I think our fan base will come roaring back," Gibbs said. "I think [FedEx Field] will be full of Burgundy and Gold. They're going to be cheering their guts out."

When asked if he believed Rivera was the right man to lead the Redskins, Gibbs explained he was thrilled by the hire.

"He was certainly a great choice," Gibbs said. "[He was] Coach of the Year twice, put a team into the Super Bowl. And I think he's kind of a man's man. I think he can talk to the players. And I think he's proven that he can get the job done."

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