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Is the TO bomb ticking again?

Is the TO bomb ticking again?

Just when I thought it was safe to give Terrell Owens a pat on the back, he puts a knife in the back of his team.

I received some heat last week after I proclaimed that TO had grown up some and that the chances of him causing a disruption on the Cowboys were very slim.

Then he takes the podium after Dallas' loss to the Washington Redskins and proceeds to whine and moan about not being the target of a sufficient number of passes. This griping came despite the fact that Owens was the target of some 20 of Tony Romo's 47 pass attempts.

Clearly, the incident has moved the TO Blowup Alert Meter from green into the yellow area. Whether or not it continues to rise is dependent on one man. No, it's not head coach Wade Phillips. He's as much a spectator in this as you and I are even though his job security depends on having TO around this January.

No, the man who can defuse the situation is Jerry Jones. At some point, should the situation escalate, Jones will pull TO aside and have a little chat with him to try to get him back in line.

That tactic may or may not be effective. Owens already has pocketed a signing bonus of nearly $13 million and new labor rules make most of that money very hard to touch. He does care about winning to an extent but money and attention are much more important to him. The money is in the bank and if he's not getting the ball enough for his liking he knows he can get plenty of attention off the field.

Still, if I had to bet, I'd go with Jones being able to get him back into line. The total value of his deal is $34 million and it's somewhat backloaded. That should be enough of a carrot to get him to shut up.

But I'm not as certain about that as I was a week ago.

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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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