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Unknown Assistant Holds Key to Season

Unknown Assistant Holds Key to Season

The Redskins’ coaching staff has a pile of resumes that would make jealous. At the top, of course, is the only active Hall of Fame performer in major professional sports, Joe Gibbs. Reporting to him are two former head coaches, and a total of six who have held a coordinator position. Thirteen of them have 10 years or more of NFL experience.

Hidden among all of the heavy hitters with offices in Ashburn is a coach who has never sniffed a head coaching job at any level. Bill Lazor’s NFL coaching experience totals just three years. The “Buffalo” entry on his resume is not the Bills, but the Bulls, as in the University of Buffalo where his title was Offensive Coordinator--Quarterbacks. Prior to that he coached at Cornell, his alma mater and not even a powerhouse in the Ivy League. Gibbs hired him when he came back as a quality control coach. That’s the same title that Gibbs’ son Coy, who got ready for NFL coaching by driving in the NASCAR Busch series, holds. Here is how explained his contributions to the team in 2005:
Lazor worked closely with Musgrave last season. In the hours before a game, Lazor typically helps out in terms of getting Redskins quarterbacks and wide receivers warmed up.
That means that he tossed passes to Santana Moss and Chris Cooley before the games, hardly a duty that he was uniquely qualified to do. But Lazor, the coach with one of the smallest piles of laurels, has the biggest, most important job of all the coaches this offseason.

When quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave left to tutor Michael Vick in Atlanta, Lazor was elevated from offensive assistant—that was his entire title, just offensive assistant—to QB coach. He may have gotten a case of the bends from such a swift elevation to such heights.

Certainly nobody reading this needs a primer on the importance of quarterback play when it comes to success for an NFL team. While it doesn’t have to be great (although that helps) it at least has to be highly competent if a team has high aspirations. And the Redskins have their sights set on huge, let’s say super, success in 2006.

Lazor’s primary task will be to run a finishing school for Jason Campbell. After watching how Mark Brunell wore down towards the end of the 2005 season it seems that if the Redskins are going to make it all the way, Campbell will have to be a major contributor somewhere along the way. Besides Campbell himself, the person primarily responsible for ensuring that he is ready to make that contribution will be George Lazor.

Lazor will get some help. Al Saunders will be spending some quality time with Campbell and it’s been speculated that now that Gibbs has given up some of his responsibilities on offense, he will spend some time tutoring Campbell. Make no mistake about it, though; Campbell’s development will be on Lazor. He will be the one spending countless hours reviewing film with Campbell, showing him the finer points of proper form and technique, drilling him on how to read the blitz and when to take a sack.

It’s highly doubtful that Lazor’s salary is one of those that small-market owners and Paul Tagliabue are complaining about when they point to what they perceive to be the runaway spending on coaches that Dan Snyder and the Redskins are engaging in. However, if the seven-figure salaries being pulled down by Williams and Saunders are going to prove to be money well spent by Snyder Lazor, one of those at the bottom end of the big-money pyramid, and Campbell will have to come through.

Rich Tandler is the author of The Redskins From A to Z, Volume 1: The Games. This unique book chronicles every game the Redskins played from 1937 through 2001. It is available at

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

After a fight-filled start to joint practices between the Redskins and Jets, the Skins' 2018 NFL preseason schedule continues Thursday night at Fed Ex Field against New York. 

Week 2 of the NFL preseason still doesn't provide a lot of answers to questions about team performance, but it begins to reveal the depth the Redskins could have this season.

One storyline that won't be taking place, is the return of former Redskin Terrelle Pryor, who told reporters after Monday's practice he won't be playing in the game.

The Redskins have bigger things to worry about though, like who will replace rookie Derrius Guice, who's now out for the year with a torn ACL.

The Redskins also have one less name in the fight for receiver depth as well, after Robert Davis suffered a season-ending leg injury as well. 

Ahead of Thursday's preseason matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.


Who: Washington Redskins vs. New York Jets

What: Game 2 of the 2018 NFL Preseason

When: Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: Fed Ex Field, Landover, MD

TV Channel: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Point Spread: Washington, -3

Over/Under: 39.5

Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy


5:00 PM: Redskins 100
5:30 PM: Redskins Nation
6:00 PM: Best of the Sports Junkies
7:00 PM: Redskins Kickoff Live


Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (L, 26-17)

Week 2: Thurs., 8/16, vs. New York Jets, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)

Week 3: Fri., 8/24, vs. Denver Broncos, 7:30 p.m. 

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30, vs. Baltimore Ravens, 7:30 p.m. 



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There are quite a few things that are wrong with this Terrelle Pryor statement

There are quite a few things that are wrong with this Terrelle Pryor statement

After pulling off a tremendous half-spin move when DJ Swearinger got in his face at Richmond, Terrelle Pryor released a statement on Twitter about the confrontation.

The fact that he felt the need to release the statement in the first place was a strange decision. That strangeness is absolutely overshadowed by how weird the statement itself is, though.

First, let's read it. Then, when you're done reading it — and trying to figure out who thought this was the right thing to do (which may take you a few minutes, so don't rush) — let's go over what makes it so bizarre.

Here's the message, which came out Wednesday night:

Now, here's what stands out...

The hashtags

They get worse and worse as you read them.

#headturn? #FlinchNRunGang? #SillyGuy?

SILLY GUY?!?!?!?

It's one thing to try and laugh at yourself when something embarrassing happens to you. It's another thing to start the #FlinchNRunGang, which is a one-member gang and will forever remain a one-member gang.

The message

Getting into a scrap with DJ Swearinger seems like it'd be a putrid life decision, so while the way he did it will never be forgotten, it was in all likelihood a smart choice not to square up.

With that being said, claiming he didn't do so because he wanted to be a "positive role model for the kids who came to training camp to watch us" is as outlandish as it gets. After all, he said earlier in August that cheapshots by the 'Skins would be handled "accordingly," which isn't very role model-ish!

Pryor's three paragraphs make you cringe after the first reading. After the fourth, they'll make you want to deactivate your Twitter account so you don't have to read them again.

The irony

The overall message is odd, but the last part of it is so ironic it deserves its own subheading in this blog.

"I will continue to work hard and lead by example by not making it about me and keeping the focus on the Jets organization," Pryor writes.

Well, as everyone knows, the best way to end a storyline and direct the focus back onto your franchise is release a statement that literally no one asked for. (That was sarcastic.) (That's actually not the best way to end a storyline and direct the focus back onto your franchise.)

The battery level

You can see in the upper right corner of the wideout's Notes app that his phone nearly died before he plugged it into his charger.

That's a shame, really, because if it did hit zero-percent, maybe he would've had more time to ponder his situation and come to the conclusion that keeping this all in his drafts folder was the correct play. 

On the other hand, though, he wouldn't have become the first person in the history of the Internet to publicly use #FlinchNRunGang in hashtag-form, so at least he has that going for him.