We have a leader in the competition for the job as the Redskins’ next defensive coordinator.
According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Media, former Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley is getting serious consideration by the Redskins, who fired Joe Barry yesterday.
Before serving as the head coach in Jacksonville for three-plus seasons Bradley was the Seahawks’ defensive coordinator for four years. During that time, he helped form the “Legion of Boom” defensive backfield that eventually was a key to the Seahawks earning a Super Bowl title. After two years of building, the Seattle defense blossomed in 2011 and 2012, establishing the unit as one of the top five units in the NFL.
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There are ties that could help bring Bradley to Washington. Redskins GM Scot McCloughan was with the Seattle organization when Bradley was there and earlier in Bradley’s career he was the linebackers coach with the Buccaneers when Bruce Allen was the general manager there and Jay Gruden was an offensive assistant.
It was reported earlier that Bradley was tied to Bills offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, who is a head coaching candidate in Buffalo and other places. The two were going to be a head coach-defensive coordinator “ticket”. But as long as there is nothing signed, Bradley is a free agent. And he may just find the attraction of coaching with McCloughan, who helped find many of the players who made him a success in Seattle, preferable to wherever Lynn ends up, if he does indeed get a top job.
Stay tuned to this one, things could develop quickly if Bradley is indeed the choice.
NFL players took to Twitter on Saturday to send well-wishes to Andrew Luck after news broke that he is retiring from the NFL.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Luck was 'mentally worn out' after years of battling injuries. Luck confirmed the news in an emotional press conference on Saturday night.
"Andrew luck I understand you 100% brotha," wrote Dez Bryant. "... take your time ... I wish you the best."
Redskins rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins reacted to the news with emojis.
Former player turned ESPN analyst Emmanuel Acho posted video of Colts fans booing Luck as he walked into the locker room. "Coach always said, 'the pats on the back eventually turn into stabs,'" he wrote.
"That's bad to boo that man," added former Redskins player Chris Baker.
Former Ravens and current Carolina player Torrey Smith tweeted that anyone in the sport understands.
Jaguars long snapper Matt Overton wrote he was "shook."
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Jordan Reed took a major blow to the head in the Redskins third preseason game in Atlanta, and the blow eventually landed Washington's stud tight end in the NFL's concussion protocol.
Falcons safety Keanu Neal delivered the hit, and while it was clearly illegal and resulted in a penalty on the field, he took to Twitter to defend his play.
It's hard to judge intent under the incredible speed that plays happen during pro football. When a player goes in for a tackle, ball carriers can also move, and plays that look dirty in slow motion can look reasonable in full speed. Still, it's undeniable that Reed took a major shot in the helmet from Neal, and it definitely seemed unnecessary. And it's not a secret that Reed has dealt with serious head injuries throughout his NFL career.
There has been no update on Reed's condition beyond that he's in the NFL concussion protocol. Reed also stayed in the game after the big hit from Neal before his concussion symptoms showed up at halftime.
Neal is a fifth-year safety out of the University of Florida. He missed most of the 2018 season with an ACL injury. Reed also attended the University of Florida.
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