The Redskins appear to be in disarray regarding their general manager but things may be heading towards a resolution.
Scot McCloughan is not involved in the team’s decision making process, according to John Keim of ESPN. It became apparent that something was wrong when McCloughan did not travel to Indianapolis to attend the NFL Combine with other team officials. And according to CSN he has not been at Redskins Park since the period when teams are allowed to communicate with agents of players with expiring contracts started on Tuesday.
The team’s recent moves such as applying the exclusive franchise tag to Kirk Cousins, re-signing Vernon Davis, and extending the contract of head coach Jay Gruden were all done without McCloughan’s input, according to Keim.
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McCloughan’s agent Peter Schaffer will reportedly come to Redskins Park in the near future to discuss the situation.
Meanwhile, in another sign that the end game is being played out, the organization may already be in search of a replacement for McCloughan. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports said that former Tampa Bay GM Mark Dominick and current Redskins director of pro personnel Alex Santos are two of the names being considered.
McCloughan was hired in January of 2015 after the team stumbled to a 4-12 record the first year under coach Jay Gruden. He brought some talented players on board in his first draft including Pro Bowl guard Brandon Scherff and wide receiver Jamison Crowder. His second draft has not yet shown such stellar results but it’s still early. In any case, the team improved to 9-7 in 2015, winning the NFL East, and went 8-7-1 last year, just missing the playoffs. The results were promising.
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It is not really known what has led to McCloughan’s downfall. He lost his previous positions with the 49ers and Seahawks due to personal issues but there have been no reports that this is the case at this point in time.
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The Redskins added some linebacker depth Saturday afternoon by signing former Texas LB Gary Johnson, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported.
Johnson, 23, was released by the Kansas City Chiefs back in June following mandatory minicamp.
This signing immediately addresses a position of need as Washington's linebacker room is banged up. Reuben Foster was ruled out of the entire season due to a torn ACL he suffered in May, Josh Harvey-Clemmons is going through concussion protocol while strengthening an ailing knee, and Shaun Dion Hamilton is still questionable with a chest injury.
In his two seasons at Texas, Johnson tallied 147 tackles, 8.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and two pass breakups in 23 games.
Johnson took to Twitter to celebrate his latest opportunity in the nation's capital:
Johnson's Twitter profile also features the statement "I Hate QB's & RB's."
It's fair to say the Redskins are always on the lookout for defensive guys with that mentality.
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The Redskins lost to the Bengals Thursday night at FedEx Field, but in the preseason, final results don't really matter. What matters comes in individual and group performances, particularly among first-team units.
In that vein, the Redskins starting defense looked strong against Cincinnati. Outside of some dumb and wacky penalty calls, the starting defense barely gave up any first downs. A number of players impressed on that group, so let's start with the stocks trending in the right direction.
- Montae Nicholson - The 96-yard interception return for a touchdown was an impressive display of playmaking ability and speed, but more than that, it was the culmination of a strong offseason and training camp. For the Redskins to be a Top 10 defense, Nicholson needs to be the hard-hitting stud that Washington fans saw glimpses of as a rookie in 2017. Last year was a lost season for Nicholson, who dealt with injuries, getting benched and legal troubles. 2019 is a new start, and so far, it looks quite good.
- Adrian Peterson - Not that a first-ballot Hall of Famer really needs preseason validation, but when Peterson ripped off a 26-yard run in the first quarter against the Bengals it became pretty obvious he's ready to go for 2019. And it's important too as second-year back Derrius Guice still isn't cleared for competition.
- Robert Davis - Another week, another long touchdown. If there's a handbook to show how to force your way onto a roster, Davis is reading from it.
- Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne - These dudes are beasts.
Despite the good news, there was bad news too. Here's that list:
- Samaje Perine - Five carries for one yard against Cincy. You read that right. That comes after a poor showing in pass protection in the preseason opener. Jay Gruden always sings praises of Perine but hasn't after the last two preseason games. Prior to Shaun Wilson's ankle injury, he seemed like a guy that could really push for Perine's roster spot. Could that be Byron Marshall now?
- Paul Richardson - The speedster wideout missed the Bengals game, and the word from one Redskins coach was "he's hurt." Many players get held out of preseason action with slight injuries, stuff they would play through in the regular season. That's not the deal with Richardson. He needs to get right.
- Cole Holcomb - If you can't make the club in the tub, Holcomb needs to get back on the field. While he's not in actual roster danger because of the growing number of injuries at inside linebacker, Holcomb is dealing with an AC joint issue. Linebackers need their shoulders, and Holcomb missed a valuable opportunity against the Bengals with presumed starter Shaun Dion Hamilton already out for that game.
- Nate Kaczor - The Redskins new Special Teams coach is off to a rough start. In two preseason games Washington has already given up two punt return touchdowns, and against the Bengals, kicker Dustin Hopkins missed an extra point and a field goal. Special teams are tricky in the preseason. In the regular season with 53-man rosters, starting players land on special teams. In the preseason with 90-man rosters, it's largely a collection of players that won't make the final roster lining up on special teams. Still, ugly start.
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