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Davis sheds some light on his situation

Davis sheds some light on his situation

Fred Davis has come full circle.

His NFL career got off to a rocky start when he overslept and was late for a minicamp practice in his rookie year. Now his tenure with the Redskins may be in jeopardy for an inability to stay awake during meetings.

Davis falling asleep during meetings is not a rumor or whispered accusation. He admitted it on Wednesday.

“I’ve never slept through a whole meeting but I’ve nodded off,” Davis said. “Everyone nods off. It’s dark in there. You’re watching film. You nod off. You wake up, get something to drink, go back. I’ve done that. I think everybody’s done that.”

Since nobody who is not a player or coach has access to those meetings it is impossible to judge Davis’ assertion that “everybody’s done that.” But you would think that someone in Davis’ position, a player on a one-year contract fighting playmaking rookie Jordan Reed for playing time, would drink coffee, down an energy drink, stand up and stretch, or do whatever it takes to stay awake during these meetings.

Perhaps Davis doesn’t realize that he’s competing with Reed for active status and playing time. It appears that Reed does. On Monday afternoon he was the only player on the field, putting in extra work running and catching passes from the JUGS machine.

I don’t want to be too hard on Davis here. He’s a talented player and he has always been a good guy to talk to in the locker room. But he’s not doing himself any favors by admitting that he falls asleep when he’s being given important information about his job and by saying that he thinks that his inactive status is tied to money.

According to reports, Davis has a clause in his contract that pays him $500,000 if he is on the 46-man active list for at least 12 games. He has been inactive for three games so far this year so if he doesn’t dress for two more the Redskins will not owe him the bonus.

Asked if he thought that the bonus had anything to do with his inactive status, Davis said yes. “Probably. It’s a business,” he said. “So I’m sure that plays a factor.”

Mike Shanahan’s press conference was held shortly after Davis talked to the media and the coach denied that the bonus was a factor in his decisions regarding the player.

“One thing I try to do as a head coach now as compared to when I was in Denver—I don’t look at any of those incentives,” he said. “I keep myself away from those things. I didn’t know that until I was just told about two minutes ago that that was a clause for those reasons. I don’t make decisions based on money.”

Whether or not what Shanahan is saying is accurate—he has admitted to bending the truth at times when it suits his purposes—there is still no reason for Davis to say that the money is a factor. It makes it seem like he is deflecting responsibility for the situation away from himself. And that is not a frame of mind that is going to get him back on the field.

There may be more to this than meets the eye. But now Davis has had his chance to tell his side of the story and we have heard Shanahan’s version and the view from here is that Davis doesn’t come out of it looking too good.

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Redskins interview another former Chargers defensive coordinator

Redskins interview another former Chargers defensive coordinator

The Redskins continue to cast a wide net in their search for a new defensive coordinator. On Thursday, they interviewed John Pagano, who was recently let go as the defensive coordinator of the Chargers.

Pagano, the brother of Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, has been coaching with the Chargers since 2002. That year he started as a quality control coach and then he was the linebackers coach from 2005-2011. The Chargers fired defensive coordinator Greg Manusky, a current Redskins coach and another candidate to run the defense in Washington, after the 2011 season and Pagano was promoted into that job.

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In Pagano’s five seasons with the Chargers, the performance of the defense was respectable. In terms of total yards, San Diego was in the top 10 twice and only once were they ranked worse than 20th.

The Redskins fired defensive coordinator Joe Barry on January 5. The list of candidates they have interviewed includes Mike Pettine, Gus Bradley, Rob Ryan, Manusky, and Jason Tarver. They are expected to interview former Jets and Bills defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman on Friday.

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None of the candidates they have interviewed have accepted positions with other teams so they are all still in play. There is no timetable for the team to make a decision, although the sense is that the process is coming to a close and will be concluded in the near future.

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Need to Know: How long is too long in the Redskins' defensive coordinator search?

Need to Know: How long is too long in the Redskins' defensive coordinator search?

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, January 20, 97 days before the NFL draft.

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Days until:
NFL franchise tag deadline 40
NFL free agency starts 48
First Sunday of 2017 season 233

Will Pleasant push the defensive coordinator search to a conclusion?

Is the Redskins’ search for a defensive coordinator taking too long? Joe Barry was fired two weeks ago yesterday. The Redskins have made it clear that they want to be very thorough in their search. But taking time creates problems and one just popped up. Assistant defensive back coach Aubrey Pleasant apparently has the option to follow Sean McVay to Los Angeles. But the Redskins want to hold on to him.

The problem is that they don’t want to sign Pleasant to be, say, the cornerbacks coach and tie the hands of the incoming defensive coordinator. They already would like the new guy to keep OLB coach Greg Manusky and ILB coach Kirk Olivadotti. Locking in a third position coach might made it very hard to persuade a quality coordinator to come on board.

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However, they can’t hold Pleasant, who is a young, energetic coach who relates well to the players, back indefinitely. Presumably McVay and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips have a bigger role in mind for him and they won’t wait forever for him to get things resolved in Washington.

But it’s not like the Pleasant situation will need to be resolved by the close of business today. We’re talking days, not hours. How many days? They could lose him due because of the Redskins’ deliberate process if it stretches into sometime early next week. I think the chances are strong that there will be a decision on the new defensive coordinator by, say, the close of business on Tuesday.

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I’ll wrap this up with a quick round of laying out the $100 in casino chips on the various defensive coordinator candidates. Things have changed since I did it on Monday. I’ll still make Greg Manusky the favorite but I’ll drop him down five bucks to $35. I’m downgrading Mike Pettine down to a $10 wager; I’ve heard that the organization was not impressed with his interview. I’m more than doubling the wager on Gus Bradley to $25. It’s been a few days since reports that the Chargers were pressing him for a decision and yet he remains in play. I’m going with $10 on Dennis Thurmon, who is from the school of the aggressive style of play that Jay Gruden is looking for. Rob Ryan gets not a cent and the remaining $20, including John Pagao, who interviewed yesterday, goes on the field.

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