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Trent Williams says Redskins aren't 'planning on ending our season anytime soon'

Trent Williams says Redskins aren't 'planning on ending our season anytime soon'

Throughout the NFL, the vibe in locker rooms before Week 17 can vary dramatically.

On some teams, players and coaches worry about their future. On other squads, players are resting for playoff games.

In Washington, there is no rest, but also little reason for worry. The Redskins face a true must-win game this weekend against the Giants at FedEx Field. If the Redskins win, the overwhelming odds suggest they will play the following weekend in the Wild Card round of the NFC playoffs.

Location and opponent to be determined, but the goal remains the same: Get in the playoffs. 

"We're not planning on ending our season anytime soon," veteran Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams said Thursday.

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At one point earlier this year, especially after a 42-24 thumping of the Green Bay Packers in late November, the playoffs looked like a sure thing for the Burgundy and Gold.

But since that win over the Packers, the Redskins sputtered, winning just two of their next five games and coughing up playoff position.

Losses to the Arizona Cardinals and at home to the Carolina Panthers particularly hurt, since those dropped Jay Gruden's team out of the sixth and final playoff spot. 

Things improved last week, with a big win over the Bears and a Tampa loss.

That put Washington back into the final Wild Card spot, and a win this week over a New York team with nothing to play for almost seals it, barring a dreaded tie in the Green Bay/Detroit game

For Williams, he believes the Skins have plenty of football left.

"Our season still has a lot of potential and we're going to do what we can to reach that full potential that we know we're capable of," he said. 

Offensively the Skins output has been uneven for a few weeks, though quite productive in the trip to Chicago. Sean McVay's unit posted 478 total yards, 140 more than they had in the previous three contests, including more than 200 yards rushing.

Asked if his team could replicate that effort, Williams said that will be the plan.

"Each game is different, it's hard to say 'carry any momentum'," Williams said.

"Obviously we're going to try to do the same things to get the offense going. We're going to try to run the ball, we're going to try to be a balanced offense. You know when we're able to do those things we get the results we want, but you don’t know how that’s going to turn out until Sunday."

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Report: Bill Callahan to join Browns' staff as offensive line coach

Report: Bill Callahan to join Browns' staff as offensive line coach

Bill Callahan was not unemployed for long.

The former Redskins offensive line coach, who served as Washington's interim head coach in 2019 after Jay Gruden was fired following an 0-5 start, is joining the Cleveland Browns staff, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

The 63-year-old will reportedly serve as the Browns' offensive line coach, a title he has over two decades of coaching experience of.

Callahan served as the Redskins offensive line coach from 2017-2019. He worked his way up the coaching ranks in both college and the NFL as an offensive line coach for over a decade before the Raiders hired him as offensive coordinator in 1998. He was later promoted to head coach in 2002 and spent two seasons at the helm before leaving for the same position at Nebraska.

After a four-year tenure as head coach at the University of Nebraska ended in 2007, Callahan returned to the NFL as an offensive line coach for the Jets. He spent the next 12 years as an offensive line coach for three different NFL teams before he was named the Redskins interim head coach in October.

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Scott Turner won the Redskins offensive coordinator job over Kevin O'Connell, per source

Scott Turner won the Redskins offensive coordinator job over Kevin O'Connell, per source

There has been plenty of speculation as to why new Redskins head coach Ron Rivera decided to hire Scott Turner as offensive coordinator, and now a source tells NBC Sports Washington the answer is simple. 

Turner won the job competition. 

Many expected 2019 Redskins offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell to maintain his position when the team hired Rivera as their new head coach earlier this month. That didn't happen. 

As Rivera moved quickly to assemble his coaching staff, the biggest question seemed to be running the offense and working with second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Rivera interviewed O'Connell and Turner for the job, and asked to interview former Giants head coach Pat Shurmur. 

Shurmur declined the interview, and at that point, a source explained that Rivera then made his decision to go with Turner over O'Connell. 

So why Turner? 

Both candidates got their first experience calling plays last year after an in-season firing to the head coach. The results weren't great for either coach, but Turner's game plans involved more play action passing than O'Connell. 

Turner's resume working with Cam Newton and Teddy Bridgewater mattered, as did the plan Turner presented for working with Haskins. 

It's important to note that Rivera had years of experience working with Turner, as well as his father Norv Turner. That mattered too, and one source explained Rivera "believed" in Turner. 

While O'Connell landed in a strong spot as offensive coordinator for the Rams, he won't be calling plays. Coaches don't like giving up control, particularly offensive coaches giving up play calling. For O'Connell, maybe that will change in LA, but it will take time. 

Some Redskins fans have a bad habit of assuming the worst. That maybe Turner got the job because O'Connell passed on it. That's not the case, per multiple sources.

Ron Rivera wanted his guy, and that's why Turner got the job. 

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