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Shanahan has his guy

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Shanahan has his guy

"We tried to keep it a secret as long as we could."As predicted, Washington drafted Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft. A sly grin crept over the stoic Mike Shanahan's face as he stepped to the podium at Redskins Park to address the media."We had a great feeling that Robert was the guy we we're going to get," the Redskins head coach said. "Just to be around the guy, how he handles himself, how he works you know, you see what a class act he is, the type of charisma he has. "I just think he's going to bring a whole lot, you know, to this organization. You're always looking for that franchise guy. ... He's got everything you look for in a quarterback."Not just any quarterback. Burgundy and gold faithful would argue they haven't seen the mystical creature known as the franchise QB since the days of Joe Theismann.
While Shanahan discussed Griffin's character in depth, he stressed his due diligence studying tape in order to know the "player before he met the person." Once he met both sides of RG3, he was convinced the Redskins had "their guy."Shanahan, however, said he must groom the rookie. "It's up to me to give him the right supporting cast, the right system, so he feels comfortable."

As for the Heisman winner, he appears to be already be comfortable in Washington. In a phone interview, Griffin sang the first few verses of "Hail to the Redskins" to describe how he felt about his new team.

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast - A.J. Francis talks Jay Gruden, Greg Manusky and Kirk Cousins

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast - A.J. Francis talks Jay Gruden, Greg Manusky and Kirk Cousins

Redskins defensive lineman A.J. Francis opens up to JP Finlay on what it's like to play for Jay Gruden, his pick for defensive coordinator, and the latest on Kirk Cousins' contract.

Listen below, and if you'd like to hear more from Francis, check out his pro wrestling podcast Jobbing Out Show here

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Redskins set to interview new defensive coordinator candidate in Dennis Thurman, per report

Redskins set to interview new defensive coordinator candidate in Dennis Thurman, per report

The Redskins have conducted interviews with a number of candidates at defensive coordinator, but a new name emerged Thursday morning. 

Thurman played cornerback in the NFL for nine years from 1978 to 1986, recording 36 career interceptions in 137 games. The bulk of his playing career was spent with the Dallas Cowboys, but he played his final season with the then St. Louis Rams. 

In coaching since 1988, Thurman's coaching career started working with the secondary for the Cardinals before an eight-year run at his alma mater, Southern Cal. From there, Thurman came back to the pros, joining the Ravens coaching staff in 2002 working under Rex Ryan. In 2008, Thurman moved on with Ryan to the New York Jets, and in 2013, was named Jets defensive coordinator In 2014, he went to Buffalo with Ryan to serve as their defensive coordinator when Ryan was named head coach.

In four seasons as a coordinator, two in New York, two in Buffalo, Thurman's defenses ranked no worse than 19th, per Pro Football Reference.

A football lifer like Thurman likely has connections all over the league, but it's interesting to note he has worked with new Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn since 2009. The two were on staffs both with the Jets and the Bills. Another Redskins coordinator candidate Gus Bradley has often been linked with Lynn, though the two have never been on the same staff.

Meeting with Thurman will satisfy the NFL's guidelines to interview minority candidates for coordinator positions. The Rooney Rule, as it was instituted, requires NFL teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching jobs, but only suggests that teams extend the practice to coordinator positions. Washington had set an interview with Carolina's Steve Wilks, but then he was promoted internally to be the Panthers defensive coordinator and the meeting never took place. 

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