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Need to Know: Can Garçon still make the Pro Bowl?

Need to Know: Can Garçon still make the Pro Bowl?

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, January 18, 52 days before NFL free agency starts.

A Pro Bowl spot for Garçon?

Could a Denver Broncos win over the Patriots send another Redskins offensive player to the Pro Bowl to join Alfred Morris and Trent Williams?

It was announced today that DeSean Jackson of the Eagles will replace the Texans’ Andre Johnson on the Pro Bowl roster. Jackson is the second alternate to get a trip to Hawaii. Alshon Jeffrey got the nod earlier this month after Calvin Johnson bailed out do to some nagging injuries.

Jeffrey and Jackson were named earlier as alternates to the Pro Bowl. So was Pierre Garçon of the Redskins. With two of the alternates already going to Hawaii, Garçon may be next in line.

Unfortunately, the NFL does not produce a depth chart of Pro Bowl alternates; we usually don’t find out where on the list a given player ranks until a player drops out and we see who is added to the roster.

One more player could drop out. One of the eight receivers on the roster is Demaryius Thomas of the Broncos. If his team beats the Patriots on Sunday Thomas will be headed to the Super Bowl in New York and not to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. That would create an opening.

And, since the players are not selected by conference—“unconferenced” was the word the NFL invented for that concept—whoever is next in line is up for the week in Hawaii.

That could be Garçon. He set a Redskins record with 113 receptions this year, a total that also led the NFL. Garçon finished eighth in the NFL in receiving yards. All seven players ahead of Garçon in yardage are either in the Pro Bowl or, in the case of Calvin Johnson and Andre Johnson, withdrew due to injuries.

If the Broncos win, we should find out on Monday if Garçon is next in line.

Outside linebacker Brian Orakpo and cornerback DeAngelo Hall also are alternates. Orakpo could get a call if the 49ers win, sending Ahmad Brooks to the Super Bowl. Hall might get a shot if the Patriots advance taking Aqib Talib with them.

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—It’s been 20 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 232 days until they play another one.

—Days until: NFL Combine 32; Offseason workouts start 79; NFL Draft 110

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Championship Sunday produced a flurry of Redskins news. A pair of internal promotions erased the team's vacant coordinator positions, as Greg Manusky landed the defensive coordinator spot and Matt Cavanaugh will take over as offensive coordinator. When Sean McVay left to coach the Rams, many expected Cavanaugh to take over his spot. Here are three reasons why:

  1. If it ain't broke, don't fix it - There was plenty to criticize from the Redskins the last two seasons, but not much of it came on offense. Cavanaugh joined the organization in 2015 as quarterback coach, and the offense has consistently improved in those two seasons. Though the team struggled to score TDs in the Red Zone, the 2016 version of the Redskins moved the ball at a team-record clip and ranked among the top offensive teams in NFL yardage. When something is working as well as the 'Skins offense, it's not wise to change it dramatically.
  2. Impressive work - Cavanaugh began coaching QBs for the Redskins in 2015. Kirk Cousins took over as Redskins starting quarterback in 2015. In two years working together, Cousins twice broke the Redskins franchise passing record and is now poised to get a mega-contract in free agency. Talking after the 'Skins loss to the Giants earlier this month, Jay Gruden said, "I think [Cousins'] really improved his game a lot in the last couple years. And a lot of it has to do with Matt Cavanaugh and Sean McVay."
  3. Make the call - The biggest question remaining for the Redskins - outside of the HUGE unknown surrounding Cousins - will be about play calling. All indications are that Jay Gruden will return to calling the plays from the Washington sideline, and obviously, that's a situation Cavanaugh understands. For two seasons now, Cavanaugh along with McVay, Gruden and offensive line coach Bill Callahan have had input on play calling. With McVay gone, Cavanaugh and Callahan will likely contribute even more in support of Gruden. 

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