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Redskins promote Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator, CSN confirms

Redskins promote Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator, CSN confirms

CSN's Chick Hernandez has learned that the Redskins will promote Matt Cavanaugh to their vacant offensive coordinator role. 

Cavanugh joined the Redskins in 2015 to work as quarterbacks coach, a role he served for two seasons. Those years coincided with the emergence of Kirk Cousins as the Washington QB and the growth of the 'Skins explosive offense. Cousins broke team passing records in 2015, and then broke his own record in 2016.

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Before coming to Washington, Cavanaugh coached QBs with the Jets and the Bears. This won't mark the first time Cavanaugh has been offensive coordinator. He held that position for two years with the Bears and another six seasons with the Ravens, including their 2001 Super Bowl victory.

The big question will be about play calling, which departed coordinator Sean McVay handled before moving on to coach the Rams. Most expect head coach Jay Gruden to resume playcalling duties. 

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Cavanaugh also played in the NFL for 13 seasons. Selected in the second round of the 1978 Draft by New England, Cavanaugh played most of his career as a backup QB, and started in 19 games between the Patriots, Niners and Eagles, including the San Francisco team that won the 1985 Super Bowl. He played his last two seasons with the Giants but never threw a pass. 

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Why an aggressive move to get Dwayne Haskins is starting to feel possible for the Redskins

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Why an aggressive move to get Dwayne Haskins is starting to feel possible for the Redskins

It’s been quite the week for the Redskins and Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins. 

The Buckeye star, who threw for 50 touchdowns in 2018, participated in his Pro Day on Wednesday and drew quite the crowd. Coaches, GMs and executives were there from a number of NFL teams, including Jay Gruden and Bruce Allen. 

Of course they were. Haskins is arguably the best QB prospect in this class. He has prototypical size and a big arm, is accurate on his throws and doesn’t turn the ball over much. He might get drafted after Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray, but there are a few teams that prefer the bigger, stronger Haskins to the diminutive Heisman Trophy winner out of Oklahoma. 

Haskins seems unlikely to make it to the 15th pick, where the Redskins are currently slotted, but that didn’t stop Sports Illustrated from putting the quarterback to Washington in their latest mock draft. 

Beyond that, ESPN reported that Haskins is set to visit the Redskins in the coming weeks.

Add all of that up, and it’s quite obvious the Redskins have real interest in Haskins. With a quarterback situation described kindly as in flux, Washington has to draft a rookie QB. 

Case Keenum and Colt McCoy are only under contract for the 2019 season, and while Alex Smith is guaranteed money for the next two years, nobody seems to know if he can ever play again. 

And let’s be clear, while Haskins has plenty of potential, joining a team with two veteran signal callers might serve him well. He started just one year at Ohio State and still seems raw when testing defenses. He has a big arm but not much mobility, and being thrust into a situation too early could thwart his development. 

As a thrower, Haskins is elite. 

As an athlete, Haskins is not. 

He ran a slow 40-yard-dash and didn’t seem particularly agile. He does move well inside the pocket, and that has worked out just fine for a number of big-time QBs.

CBS reported that the Redskins have become enamored with Haskins and might consider moving up to draft him. Washington Senior VP of Player Personnel Doug Williams mentioned that trading up could be a possibility in the upcoming draft, and the Jets with the third pick have long been rumored as willing partners to trade down. 

Moving up to the third pick would take a lot, but keep in mind the history of the situation. 

Washington hasn’t made the playoffs for three seasons and the fans are growing increasingly frustrated. 

The last time Washington missed the playoffs three straight seasons? 2012. 

The same year they traded up to draft Robert Griffin III. 

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'There is no next Sean': Clinton Portis is against Landon Collins wearing No. 21

'There is no next Sean': Clinton Portis is against Landon Collins wearing No. 21

Landon Collins wore No. 21 with the Giants to honor Sean Taylor and now that he's with the Redskins, Collins wants to continue to do so if he gets permission from Taylor's family.

"I hope, that's big shoes to fill," the safety said at his introductory presser last week.

Clinton Portis, though, doesn't like the idea at all.

Portis, one of Taylor's closest friends and a longtime teammate of the beloved defensive back, has said in multiple interviews he has no interest in seeing Collins, or anyone for that matter, put on that jersey again.

"That's the one thing fans have to hold on to," Portis said while on 106.7 The Fan's Grant and Danny show. "I don't think he's going to be Sean Taylor. There is no next Sean."

"21, that’s sacred," he told The Athletic. "Why even play with people? Why even spark people’s memories? Retire that jersey." 

During a recent poll on NBC Sports Washington's Redskins 100 that more than 2,000 fans participated in, 52 percent said they wouldn't want to see Collins don the uniform, while 48 percent approved.

Like Portis, JP Finlay thinks Collins should find another set of digits, too. He explained why on the Redskins Talk podcast:

Of course, the decision really comes down to how Taylor's family feels about it, and there's no doubting how much Collins would appreciate the chance to take the field with No. 21 on his back.  

The fact that this is such a prominent discussion, though, shows how much Taylor means to the Redskins community. 21 isn't just a number when it's in burgundy and gold. In D.C. it means much, much more.

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