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Morris could be the right player in the right place

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Morris could be the right player in the right place

Running back Alfred Morris, the Redskins sixth-round pick out of Florida Atlantic, could be the right guy in the right place.Morris said he was shocked when the phone rang during the draft and the Redskins head coach was on the other end.He said, This is Mike Shanahan, welcome to the Redskins, said Morris, who grew up a Redskins fan. I was like, wow! It kind of floored be but I was excited, I told him thank you, thank you and ended up talking to running backs coach Bobby Turner.It wasnt the first time that Morris had talked to Shanahan. He was a member of the South team at the Senior Bowl, the squad coached by the Redskins staff. Morris was a bit puzzled by Shanahans demeanor on the practice field. He was just kind of quiet the whole time, he just walked around.Morris found out during last weekends rookie minicamp that he was seeing Shanahans normal practice-field manner. He is normally seen around the middle of the field observing the offense and the defense.Morris believes that he is well prepared to play in Shanahans offense. His coach at FAU was Howard Schnellenberger and he was not one to get caught up in the trend towards the spread offense.He was a big I-formation guy, Morris said of Schnellenberger, who has been around so long he was the head coach of the Colts the year after they traded away Johnny Unitas. Ive been in the I formation, it helped me with my blocking skills, just running between the tackles . . . I definitely helped me transition over.Morris said that he is well aware of Shanahans history of taking running backs late in the draft and turning them into highly productive players. But hes not thinking about that right now.It just goes to show, he saw something in me that others didnt, he said. He was taking a chance on me and I definitely didnt want to disappoint him.

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Report: One more potential defensive coordinator is off the market for the Redskins

Report: One more potential defensive coordinator is off the market for the Redskins

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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Report: Kevin O’Connell to be hired as Redskins QB coach, possibly signaling future moves

Report: Kevin O’Connell to be hired as Redskins QB coach, possibly signaling future moves

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.

Related: Redskins offensive coordinator resume: Matt Cavanaugh

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. 

Stay tuned to CSNmidatlantic.com for the latest. 

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