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Almost a decade after his death, the NFL still misses Sean Taylor

Almost a decade after his death, the NFL still misses Sean Taylor

Sean Taylor's presence, like many of the hits he laid on opposing players who were unfortunate enough to meet him in the middle of the field, is a powerful one. Anyone who's been on social media Sunday and follows those associated with the NFL knows that fact is indisputable.

Nov. 27, 2016 marks the nine-year anniversary of the Redskins' safety's death, which is startling to think about. Somehow, it's been almost a decade since Washington lost one of its brightest players, a man who was coming into his own both as an athlete and a person. 

But those nine years haven't done anything to dampen the effect Taylor has had on those currently in the league or who once suited up with him, as Twitter and Instagram demonstrated throughout the day.

There was this post from Su'a Cravens, a Redskins rookie who has chosen his college and pro numbers as a way of honoring the two-time Pro Bowler:

https://twitter.com/Sua_Cravens/status/802902751231569921

Kirk Cousins tweeted out a photo along with a phrase that certainly holds true:

DeSean Jackson put up a picture on Instagram along with a lengthy caption that did a nice job describing what made Taylor so great:

Then there were these Instagram posts from Santana Moss and Clinton Portis, who were two of Taylor's closest friends on the Burgundy and Gold. Portis' cutline is especially worth the read:

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Really really miss you bra #21foreva #rip🙏🏾

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9yrs ago I got the call that changed me forever. I've lost loved ones but no calls hurt like this one. In life we strive to be better in every aspect, although we often fall short we continue to try & improve. You were far from perfect but those around you couldn't tell, your heart was huge, your smile would encourage anyone who saw it to have a better day, while your drive spoke for itself. Today instead of being sad I encourage the world to enjoy the memories you shared with us, jump on YouTube & watch some highlights of how the game was meant to be played. Hold up those #21 with pride & share your stories with someone who can relate. @redskins #httr #seantaylor #meast #rip21 #goat #cane4life #theU

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Among others to pay tribute were Chris Baker, Torrey Smith, Todd Gurley, and the league as a whole:

https://twitter.com/TorreySmithWR/status/802895928432664576

Gone but never forgotten, indeed.

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Jason Garrett reportedly to stay in NFC East, becomes Giants offensive coordinator

Jason Garrett reportedly to stay in NFC East, becomes Giants offensive coordinator

Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has agreed to become the new offensive coordinator of the New York Giants, according to a report from ESPN

He will join the staff of first-year head coach Joe Judge.

Garrett was recently let go after a 10-year unimpressive stint with the Dallas Cowboys. In that span, he only led the team to three playoff appearances and with that two playoff wins. 

The team under-performed in 2019 after starting the season with Super Bowl aspirations. Stumbling to an 8-8 record, It became clear that Garrett was the not the answer at head coach. Following the end of the regular season, the team decided to go in another direction replacing him with former Packers coach Mike McCarthy.

The Princeton alum led the Cowboys to an 85-67 overall record during his tenure in Dallas.

As a former backup QB for the Giants (2000-03) and Cowboys (1993-99), he has an extensive background in game-planning against the NFC East.

Judge was named head coach on Jan. 7 after spending eight seasons with the Patriots. He was promoted to special teams coordinator in 2015, and also became the team's wide receiver coach in 2019.

Garrett and Judge will be tasked with developing a young roster with some intriguing options at their disposal, as well as the No. 4 overall pick in April's draft.

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DeAngelo Hall defends cornerback Josh Norman, but believes Redskins should move on

DeAngelo Hall defends cornerback Josh Norman, but believes Redskins should move on

Redskins cornerback Josh Norman has drawn criticism because of his performance in D.C. during his 5-year, $75 million contract he signed in April 2016. Former Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall came to Norman’s defense during a radio appearance with Craig Hoffman on 106.7 The Fan on Friday.

“He does compete, he’s a competitor. And if I have a football player on my roster who’s a competitor, who wants to be out there, who fights hard and plays hard, I’m [going to] find a way to put him in position to make plays,” Hall said. “I think we could’ve done a much, much better job of putting Josh in position to make plays.”

In November, then-interim head coach Bill Callahan benched Norman, and the 32-year-old cornerback played just 10 defensive snaps over the last six games of the season. Should Washington choose to cut ties with Norman this offseason before June 1, the team would save $12.5 million of cap space.

Hall, who interviewed for the Redskins’ defensive backs’ coaching position last January, said Norman wasn’t given the chance to be the leader of the defense. Hall said some of that was self-inflicted because of Norman’s habits and preparation, but a portion of that was because of schematics. 

“I always told those coaches ‘If you want Josh to be a leader — because Josh wants to be a leader — you’ve got to put him in a position to make plays, the same way Carolina put him in a position to make plays,” Hall said. 

The peak of Norman’s career came in 2015 under the direction of Washington’s newly hired head coach Ron Rivera. In that all-pro season, Norman recorded 56 tackles, 18 passes defended, four interceptions, three forced fumbles and two touchdowns. 

Hall believes Norman still possesses that all-pro ability; it just needs to be tapped with the right defensive scheme. Hall compared the situation to Richard Sherman, who has revitalized his career in San Francisco after battling injuries. 

“It’s not because [Sherman] is the best lockdown man-to-man corner. It’s because they play Sherm in a system that he’s able to succeed and shine, and they put players around him so that he can make plays,” he said. “If we [would’ve] done the same thing to Josh Norman, he could’ve been an all-pro player here, too, just like he was in Carolina.”

Despite Hall’s belief in Norman’s ability, and the presumption that Rivera and new defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio will run a similar system to what Norman played in with the Panthers, the former Redskins defensive back doesn’t think the $15 million price tag is worth it for a franchise that has other holes to fill.

“I, as a fan, would love to have Josh back on this team, in this defense that I feel will be similar to Carolina,” Hall said. “But to me, it doesn’t make sense to bring Josh back for $15 million. It’s just a big pill to swallow when you can do a lot with that money on a team that needs a lot of help.”

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