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Should the Redskins make an internal promotion to GM?

Should the Redskins make an internal promotion to GM?

The immediate drama of the Scot McCloughan termination is over. The NFL calendar is forcing organization to move on. How will the Redskins handle the remainder of free agency and the NFL draft?

If you go by the organizational sources who anonymously spoke to the media last night, perhaps they have been operating without a GM for a while now.

“Bruce [Allen] and Jay [Gruden] run the Redskins. Bruce and Jay’s record for the team the last two years is them,” a source told 106.7 The Fan.

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So perhaps that answers the question. Allen and Gruden, with assistance from scouts and others in the personnel department may have set up the free agency board and will set up the draft board. The team president and head coach could make the calls on free agents and calling the shots in the draft room.

All year we’ve been hearing that Gruden has more power and perhaps this is what that meant. And there has been constant chatter that Allen never fully gave up the peronnel control he supposedly ceded to McCloughan in 2015. It would be business as usual at Redskins Park.

However, perhaps the better move for the organization would be use this time to appoint someone internally as the interim GM. The cold fact is that they the next general manager is almost certainly going to come from within. It’s hard to see a legitimate, experienced GM or an up and comer in the business coming to Washington either now or after the draft in the wake of this debacle.

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There are two good possibilities for the interim GM role. One is Doug Williams, who is the team’s Senior Personnel Executive. Of course, he is best known for his on-field accomplishments with the Redskins, most notably as MVP of the team’s win in Super Bowl XXII. He has been in coaching, scouting and in NFL front offices since 1991. It is well known that Williams would like to be a general manager and this could be his chance to get some time on the job.

The less well known candidates would be Director of Pro Personnel Alex Santos and Director of College Scouting Scott Campbell. Santos has worked his way up through the organization as a pro scout and personnel assistant. Campbell has been doing NFL personnel work for 30 years and he has been with the Redskins for 16 years.

If they do designate an internal GM, that individual likely would have more of an organizational role, coordination the process of gathering information from the scouts and passing along recommendations. While the interim GM would have a voice, it would still be Allen and Gruden calling the shots with the team president breaking ties.

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If Luke Kuechly wants to coach, would Ron Rivera hire him for the Redskins?

If Luke Kuechly wants to coach, would Ron Rivera hire him for the Redskins?

One of the best linebackers of the last decade, Luke Kuechly retired from football this week in a move that stunned many. For years Kuechly has dealt with injuries, including multiple concussions, and decided his body could not withstand anymore life in the NFL. 

Or at least being on the field. 

A new NFL Network report suggested that Kuechly could be looking to stay in the game in a coaching or consulting role, and that it could happen this season. 

"I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Luke Kuechly in the NFL. As a player we have," Mike Garafolo said on Good Morning Football.

The natural question for Redskins fans becomes if Kuechly could land in Washington. New Redskins coach Ron Rivera was with the Panthers when the team drafted Kuechly ninth overall in 2012, and the duo worked closely together. It's been widely reported that Kuechly and Rivera have a strong relationship too. 

When Kuechly announced his retirement, Rivera took to Twitter to compare the linebacker to Hall of Famers Mike Singletary and Brian Urlacher. Rivera also said he "will remember Luke’s sense of humor, his leadership & 4 being a great teammate."

The Redskins recently announced their assistant coaches and linebackers coach Steve Russ worked with Kuechly for the past two seasons in Carolina. There is no assistant linebackers coach on the staff, but that's a role that could be created. There are few rules about assistant coaches in the NFL; for example, last season the Redskins employed an inside linebackers coach and an outside linebackers coach because they played a 3-4 system. This year the team will play the 4-3. 

It's unclear what role Kuechly would want, and while the connection to Rivera is obvious, so is the connection to Carolina. 

"Certainly the Panthers would love to have him be a part of their organization in some capacity," Garafolo said. 

What happens next for Kuechly remains unknown. He just retired from football a few days ago. He might need time to make his next series of decisions. 

Based on Rivera's actions so far as the new Redskins boss, however, it would not be a surprise at all if the head coach tries to get Kuechly to Washington. Rivera has hired just about everyone else that was with the Panthers in the last decade; why not add one more?

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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 underperformed 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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