As with Brian Orakpo, the Redskins received good news on Brandon Meriweather, who does not need surgery on the left knee he injured Saturday night.Coach Mike Shanahan said an MRI on Meriweathers knee revealed swelling and that the starting strong safety was a little sore. Shanahan did not specify when Meriweather will return to practice but said he wont play the rest of the preseason.Well have to take it day by day, Shanahan said.Meriweather injury will presumably give more playing time to Tanard Jackson as well as the safeties who find themselves on the bubble, such as Reed Doughty and Jordan Bernstine.Some other injury updates from Shanahans post-practice news conference at Redskins Park:--Linebacker London Fletcher, who missed Thursdays practice and Saturdays game with an undisclosed ailment, participated fully practice in Mondays light practice, according to Shanahan, who added, He should be ready to go unless theres a setback.--Safety DeJon Gomes, who was spotted leaving Soldier Field with a walking boot on his left ankle, practiced today and should play against the Colts, Shanahan said.--Running back Tim Hightower practiced but was a little sore afterward, Shanahan said. If he does feel good enough to play, well play him, the coach added. If not well try to play him against Tampa in preseason finale.--Running back Roy Helu now has two sore Achilles tendons and did not practice. Shanahan said he doesnt know whether hell play Saturday but added, Thats not good news.--Left tackle Kory Lichtensteiger, who is recovering from a second procedure on his surgically repaired right knee, returned to practice Monday sporting a brace. It was his first practice since Day 2 of training camp.
Well it looks like the name many considered to be the Redskins top choice at defensive coordinator is off the market. Adam Schefter broke the news of Gus Bradley to the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Redskins interviewed Bradley early in their process of selecting a new defensive coordinator. His latest gig ended poorly after he was fired as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, but Bradley's best success came as defensive coordinator with the Seattle Seahawks.
When he served in that role with Seattle, Bradley worked with Scot McCloughan. And prior to his coaching stint in Seattle, Bradley coached in Tampa, where he worked with both Bruce Allen and Jay Gruden.
Those connections, and his success in Seattle, had many fans hoping Bradley would take over for Joe Barry, who Washington dismissed more than two weeks ago.
The connection between Bradley and the Chargers comes as no surprise, and it leaves Washington still in need of a defensive boss.
Mike Pettine probably jumps to the top of the ranks of other coaches the Redskins have interviewed, but it still seems internal candidate Greg Manusky could be in position to move up to coordinator. Manusky spent the 2016 season as outside linebackers coach and has prior coordinator experience.
The Skins have also interviewed Dennis Thurman, last of Buffalo, Jason Tarver, last of San Francisco, Rob Ryan, also last in Buffalo, and John Pagano, last with the Chargers.
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The Redskins are reported to have a new quarterbacks coach. Normally that is not news that moves the needle much but if the report proves to be accurate the move has some big implications for the Redskins coaching staff.
First, about the coach. Kevin O’Connell was most recently an offensive assistant with the 49ers. Prior to that he was a quarterback who spent time with the Patriots, who drafted him out of San Diego State in the third round in 2008, Lions, Jets, Dolphins, and Chargers. He only saw the field the Patriots and he attempted just six passes. His addition as the Redskins’ quarterbacks coach was reported by Fox Sports.
SOURCE: Kevin O’Connell expected to become the Washington Redskins new QB coach.. He was in the mix for college co-OC jobs.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 20, 2017
The thing is, the Redskins don’t officially have an opening for a quarterbacks coach. The job is held by Matt Cavanaugh. However, the Redskins do need an offensive coordinator since Sean McVay left last week to become the head coach of the Rams. Moving Cavanaugh, who played quarterback in the NFL for 13 seasons before starting a 23-year career in coaching, to offensive coordinator, seems to be the logical move to make to many.
If O’Connell’s addition to the staff does indeed become a reality, that would all but confirm that Cavanaugh is getting the promotion. Nothing is official until it’s official but this seems to be the way things are heading.
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