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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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Sorry Redskins fans, it's now officially time to freak out about Trent Williams

Sorry Redskins fans, it's now officially time to freak out about Trent Williams

In some situations, no news is good news. In the Redskins situation with Trent Williams, that's definitely not the case. 

On Monday, Washington coach Jay Gruden was asked if there was any update on the holdout that has kept the seven-time Pro Bowler away from the team for most of 2019, including all of training camp and the team's first two preseason games. 

"There are no updates whatsoever," Gruden said of Williams' holdout. 

That's big trouble. 

For the first few months, it seemed like Williams would come back. He was proving a point, showing the organization just how upset he was about a missed diagnosis on his scalp. But then Williams never showed up for training camp, and multiple sources explained Trent was serious about not coming back.

So why is now the time to really be worried? The Redskins will play their third preseason game on Thursday night in Atlanta. That's the important one, the preseason game where coaches really try to play their guys and simulate live action. 

Trent won't be there. 

"We’re preparing with the guys we have right now. That’s all we can do," Gruden said. 

At left tackle, that means second-year pro Geron Christian or newly signed veteran Donald Penn. Neither player comes close to Williams, but barely any NFL tackles do. Williams is elite, his replacements aren't, and that will become more clear than ever in Atlanta. 

But beyond Thursday's preseason game, Gruden's body language on Monday revealed a reluctant acceptance that Williams is nowhere close to suiting up in Burgundy and Gold. Early in training camp, Gruden sounded upbeat and optimistic that Williams would return. On Monday, the coach seemed defeated when talking about his left tackle (watch the video above).

"It is what it is right now," Gruden said. "He’s not here so we just have to talk about the people that we have."

In May and June, Trent's holdout seemed abstract. It was happening, but didn't really matter. Real football was so far away. 

In July, it became real. Williams never took the field in Richmond, and that was a real sign about the severity of the situation. 

On August 20th, with the dress rehearsal third preseason game two days away, Williams is not part of the game plan. He's not even a real thought for the offensive staff.

At the team's practice facility in Ashburn, Williams is a ghost. Unopened boxes sit stacked in front of his locker. There's no music being played, no jerseys being washed, and no big smile creeping out from his prime spot in the corner. 

Real football starts in less than a month, and for the Redskins, Trent Williams is not part of the plan. That's a huge problem, and now more than ever, it doesn't seem like it's changing. 


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Jonathan Allen is experimenting with a new helmet and may wear it in 2019, which would be awesome

Jonathan Allen is experimenting with a new helmet and may wear it in 2019, which would be awesome

One thing stood out on an otherwise quiet August Monday at Redskins Park, and that was Jonathan Allen. More specifically, what Jonathan Allen was wearing on his head.

In fact, if you focused solely on the defensive lineman, you might've gotten confused over what decade you were in.

Usually, Allen suits up in a fairly standard helmet and facemask combo. But on Monday, No. 93 experimented with both a dark visor and a totally different facemask that featured a single, vertical bar down the middle of it, the kind of thing you saw on legends like Deacon Jones or Bruce Smith.

To put it simply, he looked awesome. Soooo awesome:

While walking out of the locker room following practice, Allen explained that he was recently watching NFL Network and felt inspired to try it out after seeing throwback footage on his TV. When asked if he plans on actually bringing it on the field with him for regular season action, he answered: "I'm planning on it."

As you — and the Raiders, especially — are aware of by now, the NFL has specific regulations regarding helmets and facemasks, but Allen seemed to believe he'll have no problem rocking his vintage setup.

Daron Payne, on the other hand, does have a problem with it.

"It's terrible," Payne said, while also shaking his head like a slightly disappointed parent. "It's terrible."

Payne is a smart and reasonable guy most of the time, but here, he's wrong. That look is the exact opposite of terrible. It's sick and it needs to be shared for every one of Washington's 16 games in 2019.

In fact, Allen should probably receive a Pro Bowl nomination strictly for even thinking about making that his new helmet. Bringing back the single bar would be truly epic.