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Redskins get former Eagles corner Ronald Darby

The Redskins signed former Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby to a one-year deal on Sunday.

Darby, a second-round pick by the Bills in 2015 who played college ball at Florida State, grabbed six interceptions in three years playing in Philadelphia but dealt with major injuries throughout his time there, including an ACL tear in 2018. The deal was first reported by ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

Washington required to sign another cornerback after trading away disgruntled CB Quinton Dunbar last week.

With the new addition, expect the Redskins to let Kendall Fuller start on one side of the field and Darby and fourth-year pro Fabian Moreau compete for the starting spot on the other side of the defense. Jimmy Moreland projects as the inside slot corner.

The money on this deal won’t break the bank for the Redskins, but with two corners added in free agency and considerably more cash spent on Fuller, the Redskins 2020 secondary is starting to come into shape.

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Washington probably feels somewhat comfortable with Fuller, Darby, Moreau and Moreland and will likely draft another corner in April.

The team also signed Sean Davis from Pittsburgh with the intention to pair him with stalwart Landon Collins at the two safety spots.

For Redskins fans pushing for a reunion with former draft pick Bashaud Breeland, the Darby signing could end that possibility. Team sources stated for weeks that Breeland wasn’t a strong consideration anyway.

Interestingly, Washington has now signed three defensive free agents in the secondary all with local ties. Darby grew up in Oxon Hill and played at Potomac High, Fuller went to Good Counsel High School and Davis grew up in D.C.

A second-round pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2015, Darby started 29 of 32 matches during his two years with the Bills. With 21 passes defensed and a pair of interceptions, he concluded second in Defensive Rookie of the Year voting behind Marcus Peters.

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Redskins get QB Kyle Allen in trade with Panthers

The Redskins have been talking about trades when it comes to Trent Williams and Quinton Dunbar, but on Monday, the team in fact completed a deal.

Washington acquired quarterback Kyle Allen from Carolina and sent a fifth-round pick to the Panthers in return for the passer, according to NFL Network reports. 

After some rumors about Cam Newton, the Burgundy and Gold landed a far less famous signal caller from Ron Rivera’s former franchise, but one that makes a lot of sense for his new one.

Allen, who just turned 24 years old, entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2018 out of the University of Houston after initially starting his college career at Texas A&M.

Allen started the 2018 campaign finale for the Panthers and started 12 more contests in 2019 in place of an injured Newton, before ceding the job to Will Grier for the final few weeks.

He concluded last year with a 5-7 record and a passer rating of 80. He threw 17 touchdowns, 16 interceptions and completed 62-percent of his passes.

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This trade gives the Redskins someone who’ll be very familiar with Rivera and Scott Turner’s plan on offense, something that could be even more valuable than normal thanks to the unusual offseason that may be ahead for the NFL. 

The trade also should put to rest any question of Dwayne Haskins’ status on the depth chart.

While Allen definitely flourished at times in Carolina — his best pro games top Haskins’ best — and he should be able to give some level of heat on Washington’s first-rounder, it’s hard to imagine him beating Haskins out as of now.

Some will take issue with the Redskins swapping a fifth-rounder for Allen — the Panthers had a surplus of signal callers after adding XFL star PJ Walker earlier Monday — but it’s a move that they clearly felt like they had to make before a possible release.

Washington now has a young, ideal backup in place who should be able to fill in for Haskins if need be, but overall, can move forward with Haskins as their No. 1 QB. Rivera may not come out and declare that, but his actions definitely indicate it.

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Redskins hire Jennifer King, NFL´s first African American female full-time intern

Jennifer King, who acted as a Carolina Panthers intern during the 2017 preseason, has joined the Washington Redskins’ staff as a full-time assistant coach.

“Jennifer is a bright young coach and will be a great addition to our staff,” head coach Ron Rivera said in the team’s release. “Her familiarity with my expectations as a coach and my firsthand knowledge of her work ethic and preparation were big factors in bringing her to the Redskins.”

Rhiannon Walker of The Athletic first reported the hire on Saturday.

King is the first full-time African American female coach in league history and the fourth female with a full-time assistant job overall, per Walker. Collette Smith was the NFL’s first black female coach, serving as an intern with the New York Jets in 2017.

King acted as an intern for Carolina from May through August 2017 under then-Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, who now leads the ‘Skins after being hired in December.

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Since then, King worked as an assistant wide receivers coach for the now-defunct Alliance of American Football’s Arizona Hotshots and as an offensive assistant for Dartmouth College.

Both teams excelled in 2019

The Hotshots co-led the AAF West division with a 5-3 record when the league folded. The Big Green went 9-1 (6-1 Ivy League) and ended second in their conference.

Previous to her Panthers’ coaching stint, King played in the semi-pro Women’s Football Alliance, winning three championships. She also coached youth and high school teams, per Walker.

As has been the case throughout her coaching career, King will work on the offensive side of the ball, specially with Washington’s running backs.

She joins Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust, Bucs assistant strength and conditioning coach Maral Javadifar and San Francisco 49ers offensive assistant Katie Sowers as the only women working as full-time NFL coaches.

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Redskins hire Ron Rivera as new head coach

Over Daniel Snyder’s time as the Redskins’ owner, Washington is where good coaches land to die. Since 2000, when Snyder made Norv Turner the first coach he fired, not one coach has left Washington with a winning record. Even coaches with great résumés like Marty Schottenheimer, Mike Shanahan and Steve Spurrier couldn’t do it.

Rivera is up next. The two-time NFL Coach of the Year with the Carolina Panthers agreed to be the next coach of the Redskins, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Rivera’s career with Carolina started slowly, but he eneded 76-63-1 as Panthers coach. He won NFL Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2015. In 2015, his 15-1 Panthers made the Super Bowl, only to come up short versus the Denver Broncos. Rivera was fired during the 2019 season as the Panthers slumped without quarterback Cam Newton.

Rivera’s abilities as a leader might give him an opportunity to succeed in Washington. He was a great representative of the Panthers franchise, especially during the Jerry Richardson scandal that led to the Panthers’ founder selling the team.

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When Snyder announced he had fired team president Bruce Allen, he said Washington would “reevaluate our team leadership, culture and process for winning football games.”

If anyone can reshape that in Washington with Snyder still owning the team, maybe it’s Rivera. It’ll be a big job, and he’s reportedly going to bring in the big guns to get it done.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Rivera is expected to target Jack Del Rio as his defensive coordinator, who has proven results in defensive improvements when he was the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Denver Broncos.

Washington went 3-13, which wasn’t fun, but it means they get the second pick of the 2020 draft. Expect that to be Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young, who looks like a phenomenal prospect. The rest of the roster has a few interesting players. A key is if 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins can develop at quarterback.

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Washington Redskins fire coach Jay Gruden

The Washington Redskins have fired head coach Jay Gruden after an 0-5 start to the season, the team has confirmed.

Team owner Dan Snyder and team president Bruce Allen “relieved Head Coach Jay Gruden” of his duties early Monday, according to a statement from the team.

“Through the first five games of the 2019 season, the team has clearly not performed up to expectations, and we all share in that responsibility,” the Redskins’ statement said in part. “Moving forward we are committed to doing all that we can collectively as an organization to turn things around and give our Redskins fans and alumni a team they can be proud of in 2019 and beyond.”

Allen stated Bill Callahan as interim head coach Monday afternoon.

“It’s important to have a seasoned veteran like Bill Callahan on your staff,” Allen said.

Callahan came to the team as offensive line coach in 2015 and was named assistant head coach in 2017. He has prior head coaching experience in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders. He led the team to the Super Bowl in 2002.

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Callahan took questions from the media Monday afternoon. Asked about the quarterback situation, he said he is not considering rookie first-round draft pick Dwayne Haskins is not being contemplated for the starting role at this time, but a decision between game one starter Case Keenum and Sunday’s starter, Colt McCoy, hasn’t been made.

Gruden won 35 games in just under six years as the Redskins’ head coach. He only had two winning seasons and never won a playoff game. 

The team has been overwhelmed by player injuries over recent seasons, making it hard to get a read on Gruden’s coaching.

The team got out to a 17-0 lead in Philadelphia in Week 1 and ended up getting outscored 32-10 the rest of the game for an unpleasant loss. Then there were two blowout home losses, first to the Cowboys then on Monday Night Football against the Bears. On Sunday, the team fell to the Patriots, 33-7.

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Washington Redskins at New York Giants

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Who: Redskins (1-1) at Giants (0-2)
What: Week 3 on Thursday Night Football
When: Thursday, 8:25 p.m. (ET)
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford
All-time: Series tied, 97-65-4
Recent Streak: Ginats have won four straight
Last meeting: Giants, 24-13

The Washington Redskins travel up the coast to MetLife Stadium to take on the New York Giants in Week 3.

The Redskins are riding high after a dominating 24-10 performance against the St. Louis Rams, while the Giants already find themselves in a 0-2 hole fighting for relevance in the NFC East. Both are seeking to take advantage of a very vulnerable NFC East division, with Philadelphia struggling at 0-2 and Dallas, at 2-0, missing its two best offensive players in Tony Romo and Dez Bryant.

The Giants have had a heartbreaking first two weeks, losing in the last two minutes of each game. Tony Romo created some magic and pulled one out at the very last second, and the Atlanta Falcons got the job done late in the game as well. It’s hard to believe that Eli Manningand the Giants will let another loss happen.

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The Redskins came out like a bat out of hell in the first half of the Rams game last week, compiling a 17-0 first half lead led by the powerful running of Matt Jones and Alfred Morris, along with the consistent play of Kirk Cousins. The hometown boys cruised to a 24-10 win. Most Redskins fans agree that it may have been the most complete first half, and perhaps game, they had seen in quite some time.

The Giants have had a pretty rough time getting out of the gates in this 2015 campaign. In both games they have held a sizable lead, only to blow leads of 23-13 vs. the Cowboys and 20-10 to the Falcons (both in the 4th quarter). The G-Men are going to come after the Redskins hard, as the annual rumblings about Tom Coughlin’s job have surfaced and the Giants can ill afford to start the season 0-3.

Each of these teams’ 2 meetings last year was a pretty one-sided affair in the Giants’ favor. Kirk Cousins started in one of those games, another Thursday night matchup at home, in which he threw 4 interceptions in a 45-14 rout. The Redskins are hoping that Kirk does not repeat this performance en route to a similar defeat. The last time the Redskins traveled to MetLife Stadium, Odell Beckham scored 3 TDs and the Giants handled the Redskins 24-13. The Redskins’ secondary hopes to eliminate the memory of that game with a good performance as well.

This NFC East showdown against the Washington Redskins will play a massive role in determining what type of season the G-Men have in 2015. If they fall to 0-3, they may never recover, especially with a Week 4 road game in Buffalo next.

Expect the Giants to bring their best possible game and for this one to be exciting throughout.

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