Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, January 12, 58 days from the start of NFL free agency.
Here are five things on Jay Gruden’s to-do list:
1. Hire assistant coaches—All signs still point to Jim Haslett remaining at defensive coordinator and Sean McVay moving up to offensive coordinator. But there are key vacancies at position jobs such as linebackers and quarterbacks and Gruden needs to decide if he is going to retain holdover coaches for the offensive line (Chris Foerster), defensive line (Jacob Burney) and at other positions.
2. Find a special team coordinator—I broke this one out separately from the other assistant coaches because it is so important. Gruden needs to find a coach who has a plan and, most importantly, can sell it to the players. Picking the right one will be critical in determining the success or failure of his first season here.
3. Evaluate current personnel—Free agency starts in less than two months. A key part of that process is to evaluate the players you have on the roster and figure out who you want to keep and, in the case of free agents, how much you want to pay them.
4. Set the offseason schedule—Some of the schedule is set by the NFL. The NFL Combine starts February 19, the draft will be held from May 8-10. Gruden needs to schedule other events like OTAs and minicamps.
5. Senior Bowl—Gruden said that he was leaning towards not going to the first big draft-related event of the year. It could depend on how far along he is in getting his staff assembled. If he doesn’t go, the Redskins contingent will keep him updated on what they find there.
—It’s been 14 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 238 days until they play another one.
—Days until: NFL free agency 58; Offseason workouts start 85; 2014 NFL Draft 116
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