When Redskins secondary coach Raheem Morris walks into Raymond James Stadium on Sunday afternoon, hell do as an opposing coach for the first time.Morris climbed the coaching ladder in Tampa, rising from defensive quality control coach in 2002 to head coach seven years later. In 2010, he directed the Buccaneers to a 10-6 record as a 34-year-old but was fired last January after the team stumbled to a 4-12 mark that included some unsightly losses down the stretch.Its always emotional, Morris of returning to the team that gave him his start in the pros. But its not really weird. You dont want to win any more. I dont think thats any more motivation.Theres no ill will, he added. They helped me and developed me throughout my professional career. I can still talk to ownership, management, whoever I need to.But after saying his hellos at the stadium, Morris said hell immediately get to the task at hand: turning around a Redskins secondary thats yielded 300 or more passing yards in each game this season not to mention a league-worst 10 passing touchdowns.Really, those things are put away, said of the friendships he forged over the years in Tampa. Right now, its about getting our secondary to be the best that we can be. We have to play better obviously. Weve had had two back-to-back games where we were subpar.He added: We have to eliminate those big plays. Thats about players being accountable for themselves. Were playing great up front. Were playing great at the linebacker position. If we can get the secondary to play a little bit better, well be a great football team and we know that.
It’s an exciting day for me to take over the Redskins beat from Tarik El-Bashir. As a native Washingtonian, it’s not an exaggeration to say I’ve wanted this job since I was a kid.
In fact, in sixth grade, after months of writing nothing but Darrell Green stories and turning them in for English homework, Miss Girard said I was no longer allowed to write about the Redskins. Who got the last laugh, Miss Girard?
Working with Tarik and Rich Tandler covering the Skins at CSN the last few years helped me learn a lot, as did my earlier work with Mr. Irrelevant, SB Nation DC and the Washingtonian. My approach to the beat will be to cover all the angles relevant for fans, and try to look ahead to what might happen and find stories that fall under the radar. In an era of information overload, readers expect more than just stats and quotes from coverage, and I know I will be able to deliver that experience.
This beat means a lot to me. I’ve watched the Redskins my whole life, I’ve cheered for them for most of it. One of the things I hate to hear is when somebody moves to the D.C. area and says ‘nobody is from here.’
I’m from here. My wife is from here. My friends are from here. Go to a Redskins game any Sunday, and thousands and thousands of people will show you, loudly, they are from here too.
Most of all, I like to have fun. I recognize not everyone gets to watch football for their job, and I want to enjoy all of it. I’m open to talking with readers, even disagreeing here and there, so feel free to reach out.
And before I forget - thank you. Thanks for reading, for arguing on Twitter, and please keep it coming.
If you're reading this, chances are you're a Redskins fan. And if you're a Redskins fan, chances are you're quite excited for Washington's season opener this September, where the Burgundy and Gold will play host to the Steelers on Monday Night Football.
Now, if both of those above statements are true, here's a word of advice: Don't be too excited. In fact, on the excitement scale, where a 10 is how you felt after the 'Skins beat the Eagles in December 2015 to clinch the division title and a one is how you feel when you see a Dez Bryant highlight, take a seat around three or four.
That's because, since 2008, the team has played on Monday night 11 times. And of those 11 games, they've lost nine, with many of those defeats coming by double digits.
To put it simply, the next time the league allows franchises to vote on rule changes, the 'Skins should propose eliminating Monday from the calendar altogether. Just float that idea out there, and see if there are any other takers. A six-day week may do 'em some good.
So, in hopes of exorcising the Monday night curse, let's revisit those past 11 contests. Most of the memories in CSNmidatlantic.com's gallery will be bad ones, but you can't prepare for the future without learning from the past — or something like that. Check out the link to access the list, and remind yourself of another reason to hate Mondays.
The Redskins’ most talked about injury loss on Monday dealt with the Achilles tear suffered by Junior Galette. However, the loss of Kyshoen Jarrett, who was waived with a failed physical designation with neck and shoulder injuries, may have more long-term impact on the defense.
Galette may have been a one-year rental. If he had enjoyed a big 2016 season the Redskins may not have been able to afford to re-sign him. Jarrett appeared to be set to be a long-term piece of the Redskins’ secondary.
The news on the 23-year-old Jarrett didn’t draw the headlines or discussion that Galette’s injury did because the his release was not unexpected. After he was injured in a collision in the “meaningless” regular-season finale in Dallas there was great concern about the seriousness of the injury. He saw a number of specialists (flying to some visits on owner Dan Snyder’s personal jet) in an attempt to find a solution. But when he was seen on the sidelines during minicamp still having obvious issues with his right arm the writing seemed to be on the wall.
Jarrett was drafted as a safety but early in training camp last year the team was short on cornerbacks after a rash of injuries so he volunteered to line up at nickel corner. He played there during the regular season and was a safety in some packages. Jarrett played 616 snaps, had 38 tackles, four passes defensed and a forced fumble.
Replacing a guy like Jarrett is hard to do because you don’t know how versatile a player can be in the NFL until he gets there. The Redskins are hoping that second-round pick Su’a Cravens will be able to play a jack of all trades type of role on defense but we will have to see how it develops.
Right now Jarrett’s NFL future is very much up in the air. The first step, however, would be for Jarrett to get enough use of his right arm so that he can live a normal life. I’m sure all Redskins fans wish him well in his recovery.