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Robert Griffin III said his ankle injury was a big factor in his struggles last season.

Griffin dislocated his left ankle in Week 2 and missed nearly two months. He returned for three games, but then embarrassingly got benched for Colt McCoy. Now Griffin's place with the Redskins is uncertain entering his fourth NFL season. "The biggest thing for me is coming back healthy," he said. "Last year I wasn't healthy, and it sucked, there's no other way to say it." Being injured certainly doesn't help, but Jay Gruden's questions about whether RG3 can succeed outside of the gimmicky Shanahan scheme are valid. His fundamentals have not progressed.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 29 - 9:56 AM

Redskins hired Matt Cavanaugh as QBs coach.

Washington didn't have a quarterbacks coach during Jay Gruden's first season. Cavanaugh spent the last two years working with Jay Cutler on Marc Trestman's staff, but has an extensive track record as both a position coach and coordinator. The Redskins had one of the worst passing attacks in the league last season with Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, and Colt McCoy combining for just 18 touchdowns.
Jan 28 - 4:14 PM

Redskins hired ex-Giants DC Perry Fewell as DBs coach.

Fewell was also a candidate for the 49ers' defensive-backs job. Fewell has been coordinating defenses or coaching defensive backs in the NFL since 1998. He's a nice addition to DC Joe Barry's staff, especially since Barry himself was such an underwhelming hire.
Jan 27 - 2:39 PM

Ex-Giants DC Perry Fewell is interviewing for the Redskins' DBs coach opening on Monday.

Fewell is a candidate for the same job in San Francisco. Fewell has been coordinating NFL defenses since 2006, and served as at least a DBs coach since 1998. His experience would make him a nice addition for any staff.
Jan 26 - 2:24 PM

New Redskins GM Scot McCloughan is attempting to add Packers senior personnel executive Alonzo Highsmith to his front office.

Highsmith is a highly respected college scout who was originally hired by Ron Wolf in 1999. He was named the NFL Scout of the Year following the 2010 season. McCloughan, like Highsmith, has a background with Wolf. McCloughan is trying to turn Washington's front office from a mess into something formidable. Luring Highsmith to D.C. would be a big first step.
Jan 25 - 2:20 PM

Ex-Giants DC Perry Fewell will interview for the 49ers DBs coach job on Friday.

Fewell spent the past five seasons as the Giants' DC, succeeding Steve Spagnuolo only to be replaced by Spagnuolo again after coach Tom Coughlin fired Fewell earlier this month. New 49ers coach Jim Tomsula has been constructing a coaching staff with plenty of experience. Fewell has a DBs background.
Jan 23 - 9:53 AM

The Redskins will continue to run a 3-4 defense under new coordinator Joe Barry.

The Chargers ran a 3-4 during Barry's four seasons as linebackers coach, so it will not be a difficult transition. Barry did run a 4-3 during his two years as Lions defensive coordinator in 2007-08, fielding one of the league's worst units.
Jan 20 - 4:46 PM

Redskins hired Chargers LBs coach Joe Barry as defensive coordinator.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport had the exact same report six days ago, but it turned out the Redskins were still chasing down other candidates. Only after Vic Fangio chose to go with John Fox and the Bears did Barry get back on the top of Washington's list. So now the 'Skins are settling for an underwhelming Barry, who was the Lions defensive coordinator during 2007 and 2008 -- when the team went winless one year and ranked last in total defense both years. This Redskins unit is going to be a defense to attack from a fantasy perspective once again in 2015 -- especially in the pass game.
Jan 20 - 12:15 PM

ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim doesn't expect the team to put forth much of an effort to re-sign impending free agent OLB Brian Orakpo.

Team brass was reportedly split on bringing Orakpo back last offseason. The Redskins used the franchise tag on him, and Orakpo registered a half-sack before landing on I.R. with a torn pectoral after Week 7. It was the third time he's torn his pec in his career. Orakpo is Evan Silva's No. 5 free agent edge rusher available behind Justin Houston, Jerry Hughes, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Greg Hardy.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 18 - 11:27 AM

ESPN Redskins blogger John Keim believes DE Stephen Bowen could be released this offseason.

Bowen appeared in just eight games (three starts) this year due to injury. He has an $8 million cap hit in 2015 and will need to take a pay-cut to return. Washington can save $5.5 million by cutting Bowen, but would leave $2.5 million in dead money.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 17 - 4:33 PM

Redskins LT Trent Williams is a candidate for an extension.

Williams is signed through 2015, but will count $13.7 million against the cap. He graded out as a top-15 left tackle by Pro Football Focus this year despite playing through multiple injuries. A three-time Pro Bowler, Williams was drafted prior to the new CBA and is already one of the highest paid offensive linemen in the league. The Redskins could lower his cap hit by extending him this offseason.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 17 - 4:14 PM

Redskins hired ex-Cowboys OC Bill Callahan as offensive line coach.

The Redskins' offseason of upgrading continues. Per ESPN's Ed Werder, Callahan's three-year deal is "very lucrative." Callahan was humiliatingly stripped of play-calling duties in Dallas last season, but retained his "offensive coordinator" title even though he was limited to line duties. Either way, he's one of the league's very best at coaching up linemen. He's an excellent addition to coach Jay Gruden's staff.
Jan 15 - 1:52 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports the Redskins will be "making a play" for ex-Cowboys OL coach Bill Callahan.

Callahan was demoted from play-calling duties last season, but is regarded as one of the league's best line coaches. He'd be a nice get for coach Jay Gruden.
Jan 15 - 1:09 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Redskins are planning to hire Joe Barry as defensive coordinator.

It would be an underwhelming hire. Barry, 44, was the Chargers' LBs coach each of the past four seasons, but had a previous stint as the Lions' defensive coordinator from 2007-2008 under coach Rod Marinelli, who is Barry's father-in-law. The Lions went 0-16 in 2008 and finished dead-last in total defense each of those two seasons, giving up over 404 yards per game in the winless year. We'd actually maybe prefer Jim Haslett over Barry.
Jan 14 - 9:44 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Browns and Jaguars have requested to interview Cowboys OC/OL coach Bill Callahan for their offensive-coordinator vacancies.

Callahan didn't run the Dallas offense despite his title as OC; passing-game coordinator Scott Linehan was calling the shots. The Browns tried to hire Callahan last offseason, but were blocked by the Cowboys. Callahan is now a coaching free agent. He and Browns coach Mike Pettine are close friends.
Jan 12 - 9:38 PM

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