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Need to Know: Baby steps for RG3 today

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Need to Know: Baby steps for RG3 today

RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, August 14, five days before the Redskins host the Steelers at FedEx Field.

A big step for Griffin

First he said it on Twitter:
There is no friction. There is an understanding between coach and player. That is all. Don't have to like everything

— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) August 12, 2013
And, since Mike Shanahan has stated that he isn’t on Twitter and doesn’t read Twitter, Robert Griffin III made an unscheduled stop by the media room at the Bon Secours training center to make sure that everyone got the message.

“I just want everybody to know if there’s any questions about if there’s a rift between me and Coach [Shanahan] or if there’s a conflict,” he said. “There is no conflict. Coach is Coach. I’m the player. Coach has a plan and I’m abiding by that plan. I’m doing everything the coaches are asking me to do. I trust those guys. They want me to have a long career and that’s what part of this plan is about.”

Well, I’m glad we have that settled now. Go on about your business, people.

Griffin finished up his statement by saying,  “That being said, I’m excited about tomorrow.”

“Tomorrow” in the statement is, of course, today, the day that RG3 is supposed to take snaps in 11 on 11 drills for the first time since training camp began almost three weeks ago.

It’s a big moment for Griffin but all indications are that it won’t be compelling viewing. I wouldn’t call in sick for work or anything in order to come out and see RG3’s initial full-team work of 2013.

His reps will be limited to fewer than ten, maybe a lot fewer. According to reports his snaps will come against the scout team defense also known as the last string defense. There won’t be any read option plays, nothing fancy out of the pistol formation.

Griffin will hand off a few times, he will throw a few short passes and that will be it.

It will be a big moment for Griffin, a major milestone in what has been, by all appearances, a remarkable recovery from having his knee reconstructive just over seven months ago. But it still will be a baby step for Griffin and baby steps aren’t always exciting except for the baby and for the parents.

We’ll be out there every step of the way to tell you what happens. If you want to join us from the spectator area at Bon Secours training center please do, but keep you expectations low.

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Today’s schedule (all practices open to the public at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center)

12:40—Single practice, players available coming off of the field

2:30 (approx.)—Mike Shanahan news conference

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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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