It seems like a lot of fans are going about predicting their 53-man rosters because Im getting a lot of questions (most of them on Twitter @Rich_Tandler) about the job security of Rex Grossman. I have him listed as one of my 37 locks to make the roster.Many out there view Grossman as expendable. They say that Mike Shanahan usually goes with two quarterbacks and that since Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins are the future at the position, why not go with a the future is now policy?That way the team could keep an extra running back like Alfred Morris or a fourth tight end like Logan Paulsen or one other player at another position.It all sounds good except that it probably isnt going to happen. Yes, Shanahan has historically gone with two QBs on his roster but not two rookie QBs. And even though RG3 may be the Next Big Thing in the NFL and Cousins might have exceptional football smarts it is hard to see Shanahan putting all of his eggs in a rookie quarterback basket.All that said, there are three preseason games and about a half a dozen practices to go before final cuts. If Grossman has more games where he goes 2-10 like he did against Buffalo and Cousins builds on what he has done, the two rookie QB scenario is not completely out of the question.Still unlikely, but not impossible.
When LSU fired head coach Les Miles, a lot of big-time names were suggested for the job. But what about Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay?
Albert Breer of the MMQB listed McVay as a potential candidate, along with a host of other NFL names to go with obvious college options like Tom Herman or Lane Kiffin. From Breer on McVay:
His star has risen so quickly that the 30-year-old may be an NFL head coach before colleges even get the chance to call, but he’d make a lot of sense for a program looking for energy and buzz.
Watching McVay work it's obvious he has the passion and ability to connect with young players - as he currently runs the Redskins offense that includes some players older than him. But it's worth keeping in mind the Redskins coordinator was raised around the pro game, not the college one, and with his background and offensive acumen the guess here is that McVay will stay in the professional ranks.
Even while scoring is down for Washington through three games, the Redskins offense is moving the ball well. QB Kirk Cousins is second in the league in passing yards, and the team finished 2015 with the 10th highest scoring offense.
"I’m sure he’ll be a head coach a lot sooner than people think," Washington head coach Jay Gruden said of McVay in an early August MMQB article.
It's clear McVay will get a chance as a head coach, the only question is where. Apparently that list could now include Baton Rouge.
NOTE: Former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan also landed on Breer's list of LSU possibilities. From Breer, "Would Shanahan go? He’s 37 and he’s been an OC for nine years, so it’s possible he’d want to get his feet wet as a head coach. Remember, [Texans coach Bill] O’Brien went to Penn State after knocking on the door for NFL jobs, so it’s not hard to see another rising young guy doing it. Shanahan played at Texas and coached at UCLA, which means he’s not foreign to big college programs."
NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith made a visit to Redskins Park today, and the team elected their union representatives.
Kedric Golston will serve another year as the team's liason to the union. Three alternates were elected as well: Kirk Cousins (an alternate last season), Will Compton and, surprisingly, Josh Norman.
Norman was critical of Smith and the union in an ESPN piece in August. "[The NFL] is a dictatorship, and [NFLPA director] DeMaurice [Smith] is in cahoots with those guys," he claimed.
The cornerback's election today marks what would appear to be a turn of events.
"We always love to have veteran leadership as player representatives, and this team is no different with Kirk and Kedric returning," Smith told CSN Mid-Atlantic. "As for Josh, we love players who are both smart and passionate, and he, as well as the other players, fit that bill."
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