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Redskins offense is going downhill—and that's a good thing

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Redskins offense is going downhill—and that's a good thing

The Redskins offense is going downhill. And that’s a good thing.

New offensive line coach and running game coordinator Bill Callahan has kept some of the outside zone runs that the Redskins have utilized heavily for the past several years. But he has added a new element as well.

“We’ve done some more downhill run plays,” said Redskins Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams when asked about the scheme changes from last season to now. “I don’t know, I think they might fit the backs that we have a little more. Obviously those guys can still get out on the edge and have a lot of success there but I think that any time you can get a Matt Jones, a 235-pound back, or Alfred Morris, 220-230-pound back going downhill, it’s going to always present a challenge.”

It has indeed presented a great challenge to the two defenses the Redskins have faced so far. After two games they have rushed for a league-leading 343 yards and the ground attack has helped them control the clock to the tune of over 37 minutes of possession time in each game.

It’s not just the schemes that make Callahan such a respected and effective coach. He knows that the devil is in the details.

“Obviously, Bill is a different kind of coach,” said Williams. “He’s one of those guys who isn’t going to let anything slip through the cracks. He’s going to cover every possible look, every possible situation that they have. And he works us extremely hard and I think guys are buying in and it’s paying off.”

The acquisition of Callahan was a double coup for the Redskins because they took him away from their division rivals, the Cowboys. Through two games Dallas is 20th in the league in rushing yards after being second a year ago. The two main factors being cited with the Cowboys’ running game issues (certainly with a small sample size) are the departures of running back DeMarco Murray, the NFL’s leading rusher, via free agency and Callahan leaving after his contract was up.

A reporter was in Dallas a year ago working on a story about Callahan. He asked Cowboys center Travis Fredrick, who was going into his second season with Callahan as his position coach, about the coach’s style.

“Ultimate technician, he’s focused on every single detail,” Frederick told Greg Bedard of SI.com then about what Callahan was like in the offensive line room. “He’ll watch every play several times to specifically target every point. ‘Your hand is two inches to the right.’ Or, ‘Your foot came down too early or didn’t step in the right direction.’ He’s all over every point. He demands the best. Certainly helped me.”

The Cowboys had one of the top offensive lines in the game last year. Jeff Fisher of the Rams, the team the Redskins beat last Sunday while gaining 182 rushing yards, said that the line reminded him of the Cowboys’ group.

“They’re outstanding on coaching,” Fisher said after the game. “Coach Callahan has done a great job with that offensive line. It’s Dallas all over again.”

Well, the Cowboys line got it done for 16 games plus a couple in the playoffs. This season is barely underway. We will have to see if the Redskins can keep it up but it looks like they are in good hands. 

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Chris Simms: Why Dwayne Haskins has 'Big Ben Roethlisberger-type talent'

Chris Simms: Why Dwayne Haskins has 'Big Ben Roethlisberger-type talent'

It did not take long for Dwayne Haskins to win approval from the media and the Redskins coaching staff in a short amount of time at OTAs. 

That excitement from the Redskins OTAs has reverberated across the country and made him the feature of NBC Sports' Chris Simms QB School series. There, the current NFL analyst and former NFL quarterback made big comparisons to the No. 15 overall pick Haskins to Super Bowl champion Ben Roethlisberger. 

Simms was enthralled with the skillset that Haskins possesses and his potential. Citing his arm talent and the small mechanics of the 22-year-old, Simms thinks he has all the tools to be a top-tier NFL QB.

"He reminds me a lot of a big Ben Roethlisberger with his style of football play. [Haskins] arm is special, there's no doubt about that," Simms said. 

Comparing a rookie QB to a two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback that has made six All-Pro teams is not too shabby. Roethlisberger has thrown for over 54,000 yards in his career with 363 touchdowns across his NFL career. They both wear No. 7, both played their college ball in Ohio, and both are known for their ability to hurl a football down the field. 

Some of the strong qualities of Haskins that Simms highlighted were his tight and quick arm motion, his controlled body rotation, and the accuracy down the field. At the same time, he pointed out that Haskins has a tendency to drop his elbow on passes, forcing his passes to sail high. 

"[Haskins] has Big Ben Roethlisberger-type talent and I know he's already wowed some people down there in Washington in his first few practices." 

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Redskins 2019 Training Camp Schedule: Dates, times, location, how to attend

Redskins 2019 Training Camp Schedule: Dates, times, location, how to attend

Before you blink Redskins training camp will be here, which means preseason football is not far off and the 2019 NFL regular season will come with it.

On Friday afternoon, the Washington Redskins released its 2019 training camp schedule, set to begin July 25. Training camp will take place at Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond, Va. for the seventh straight year. 

This year is set to be the most intriguing training camp since Robert Griffin III was drafted by the team in 2012. Playing in his first NFL training camp first-round draft pick Dwayne Haskins will be the center of attention with the team's quarterback position still up in the air. There will be competition from trade acquisition Case Keenum and Redskins mainstay Colt McCoy. 

More to watch:

-Derrius Guice will be in the backfield practicing with Adrian Peterson for the first time.
-The return of the Alabama Wall in Darron Payne and Jonathan Allen.
-Which wide receiver(s) will step up into holes in the offense.

Here is everything you need to know about the 2019 Redskins training camp.

When is the Redskins 2019 training camp?

The Redskins 2019 training camp begins on Thursday, July 25 at 9:45 a.m. ET and runs to the team's final practice on Saturday, August 11. 

What time does the Redskins training camp start?

Most days of the Redskins training camp schedule starts with a practice at 9:45 a.m. ET with a late afternoon walkthrough at 4:40 p.m. ET.

Where is the Redskins training camp located?

The Redskins 2019 training camp is located at the Bon Secours Training Center at 2401 W. Leigh St., Richmond, Va. 23220.

How much does it cost to attend the Redskins training camp?

The Redskins training camp is free and open to the public. For more information on logistics, head to the Redskins’ official training camp page

Redskins training camp schedule

Date — Camp Opens — Practice — Walkthrough — Camp Closes

Thurs. 7/25 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Fri. 7/26 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Sat. 7/27 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Sun. 7/28 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Tues. 7/30 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Wed. 7/31 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Thurs. 8/1 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Fan Appreciation Day:
Sat. 8/3 — TBA — 1:00 p.m. — No Walkthrough — TBA

Sun. 8/4 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Mon. 8/5 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Tues. 8/6 — TBA — 1:35 p.m. — No Walkthrough — TBA

Thurs. 8/8 — PRESEASON WEEK 1 AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 7:30 P.M.

Sat. 8/10 — TBA — 1:35 p.m. — No Walkthrough — TBA

Sun. 8/11 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — No Walkthrough— TBA

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