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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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Terry McLaurin was not surprised a hobbled Dwayne Haskins stayed in vs. Green Bay

Terry McLaurin was not surprised a hobbled Dwayne Haskins stayed in vs. Green Bay

Rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins played much of the Redskins Week 14 loss to the Green Bay Packers with a sprained ankle.

The rookie had a very noticeable limp and struggled to put weight on his bad leg. Haskins was clearly not at full health. Backup quarterback Case Keenum was seen warming up multiple times on the sideline, but never entered the game.

In the team's postgame press conference, interim head coach Bill Callahan said he never considered pulling Haskins from the game. Rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin, who was teammates with Haskins at Ohio State and has known the quarterback for a while, never thought that Haskins would exit the game, either.

"I know Dwayne. I've known him for a while now," McLaurin told NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay. "He's a tough guy, and I feel like he gives us a good chance to win games. I knew if he was out there, he was going to be good to go. He was hobbled a little bit, but he wasn't going to use that as an excuse at all. It was cool to see him fight through it. We just hope that he can get healthy for next week."

McLaurin was then asked whether he thought Haskins should have been pulled. The wideout commended his quarterback for his toughness, and believes that will go a long way in terms of earning respect from his teammates.

"I mean, I'm not a doctor, so I feel like if you feel like you can play, then you try to play. Only that person knows how bad it is," McLaurin said. "He's a tough guy. He's a guy trying to earn the respect of this team. He's a quarterback, he's young. I feel like stuff like that really puts you in a step forward to get some respect. He was noticeably hurt and he fought for us."

Haskins finished 16-for-27 for 171 yards. He connected on an incredible late touchdown pass with McLaurin to pull the Redskins within five with just over a minute remaining in the game. On the two-point conversion try, Haskins put his body on the line, diving for the goal line headfirst. He didn't convert.

The Packers recovered the Redskins ensuing onside kick attempt, the Burgundy and Gold's final hope at pulling off the upset. 

The Redskins offensive line did not help out a hobbled Haskins much either. The rookie was sacked four times in the loss and hit the turf on numerous other occasions.

Although the Redskins weren't able to pull off the upset, Haskins showed poise and toughness by fighting through a noticeable injury and giving the Redskins everything he had.


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The Redskins’ far-fetched playoff dreams were officially dashed after losing to the Packers

The Redskins’ far-fetched playoff dreams were officially dashed after losing to the Packers

The Redskins entered Lambeau Field in Week 14 with a 3-9 record, but because the NFC East has been such a mess this year, they still had very slim playoff hopes. 

Thanks to their 20-15 loss against the Packers, however, those slim hopes are now nonexistent. Washington will not play in the postseason for the fourth straight campaign. 

The Burgundy and Gold would’ve had to finish by winning their final four contests and also would’ve needed major help from the Cowboys to the Eagles in order to sneak into the playoffs. That scoreboard watching isn’t necessary anymore, of course. 

“It’s tough being eliminated,” Terry McLaurin said in the visitor's locker room. “Our division is so open.”

Now, the team will use the next three weeks to further look at Dwayne Haskins’ growth as well as the development of other young pieces on both sides of the ball. Then, when those games wrap up, they’ll need to find a new head coach for 2020 and consider other possible changes within the franchise as well. 

When this season began back in July at training camp, there was some thought that the Redskins could compete behind a potentially improved defense and a run-centric offense. Those things didn’t emerge, though, and now, the organization will again be irrelevant on the field when January comes around.