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Redskins players have 'no doubt' Sean McVay will make a great NFL coach

Redskins players have 'no doubt' Sean McVay will make a great NFL coach

Much like a family dinner table, NFL locker rooms are usually full of boisterous disagreement. Whatever the topic, in a room packed with hyper competitive men, rarely is their full accord on a topic, whether it's college football loyalties or something as innocuous as the weather report. 

Not surprisingly, there was one thing that garnered nearly full agreement on Monday during Redskins locker clean out: Sean McVay will be a great NFL coach.

"No doubt about it," quarterback Colt McCoy said when asked what he thought about McVay's coaching prospects.

McCoy explained that McVay has such command of the Redskins offense, both conceptually and on the practice field. Those abilities will translate well to a head coaching gig, and the opportunities are mounting for McVay.

He has two interviews scheduled: First in Los Angeles on Thursday and another in San Francisco on Monday. With the Rams, McVay would get a chance to work with 2016 overall No. 1 pick Jared Goff, who struggled to even get on the field at quarterback for the rams early this season. With the 49ers, McVay would return to the scene of his grandfather's best work. John McVay was vice president in San Francisco during the Niners decade of greatness in the 1980s.

"I'm not surprised at all. Just looking at his body of work since he’s been the [offensive coordinator]. Hard work shows for itself," running back Chris Thompson said. "Even my rookie year when he was just tight ends coach, you could just see it in him, how smart he is."

McVay's rise in the NFL has been rapid, as he has only been running the Redskins offense for three seasons. In those years, working with Kirk Cousins, the offense transformed from mediocre to one of the top in the league. This season the 'Skins ranked 3rd in the NFL in total yards and Cousins passed for nearly 5,000 yards.

Thompson explained that McVay knows how to push his players, sometimes to the brink.

"It’s funny. We say stuff about it all the time. Each and every week, sometimes its the same routes, but he goes over it every single time. Every little thing, he wants it to be perfect. That's what's great about him. Sometimes, as players you get a little aggravated about it because you’re like, ‘Man it's just one extra step, it won’t make a difference.’ But in this league all those things matter."

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Redskins technically have nothing left to play for, but Dwayne Haskins sure does

Redskins technically have nothing left to play for, but Dwayne Haskins sure does

In five starts as a rookie, Dwayne Haskins has led the Redskins to two wins, displayed plenty of toughness and made a handful of throws that hint at his immense talent.

Even considering those factors, though, Haskins hasn't done enough to convince the franchise that he should absolutely, without a doubt, 110-percent be their starting quarterback in Week 1 of the 2020 season.

That means that, while Washington as a whole doesn't technically have anything left to play for this year — their Week 14 loss in Green Bay officially (and mercifully?) took them out of the playoff hunt — Haskins has a ton riding on the final three games on the schedule.

In all likelihood, the Burgundy and Gold will be searching for a new head coach in a few weeks. Perhaps they'll also enter the offseason with an adjusted front office. Yet, regardless of whether the latter happens, the former means that at least one major piece of the team's future won't have any direct ties to 2019's 15th overall draft pick.

You can debate whether moving on from a first-rounder after a small sample of starts is fair, but the reality in the NFL is that new coaches like to begin their tenure with QBs that they really like, and often times, that means QBs that they've drafted.

Now, as mentioned earlier, Haskins has shown off some useful traits. His arm strength will never be debated, and since taking over as the Redskins' signal caller, the rookie has also been brave in the pocket, been way more mobile than expected and made incremental improvements in areas like footwork and at-the-line audibles.

No. 7 has tools to work with, and those tools could become sharper with more time and with a new coach who wants to sharpen them. Plus, those tools very well could be put to better use with a more well-rounded roster than the one he's currently on.

But then there are his numbers, which aren't encouraging and must be considered, regardless of the talent around him. In his five starts, he's completed more than 60-percent of his passes just once and has topped 200 passing yards just once. Those are two basic benchmarks for pro passers to reach and he's just not reaching them.

So, if the Redskins finish with a 3-13 or 4-12 record and find themselves in a position where they can draft another top-notch arm, will they do so? 

That's a question that's difficult to answer as of now. Haskins' performance in Weeks 15, 16 and 17, however, will make it easier. Either he'll start delivering, thus giving the organization confidence in him, or he'll continue to be mediocre, which'll lead to a very intriguing offseason.

When the Redskins selected Haskins last April, they hoped their recent QB rotation would finally stop, and it very well still could. Yet there's also a possibility that the rotation begins again in a few months. The next 12 quarters of football will mean nothing in the standings, but everything for Haskins and the team that picked him.

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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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