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No chance of J. Williams pickup

No chance of J. Williams pickup

On Tuesday, the Atlanta Falcons released safety Jimmy Williams, a 2006 second-round draft pick out of Virginia Tech.

As usually happens when a player who was a high pick in a recent draft is cut loose, folks are asking if the Washington Redskins might have any interest in picking him up.

I can generally hazard an educated guess as to whether or not there will be any interest on the part of the Redskins. Often I'm right, sometimes I'm wrong.

In the case of Williams, however, I can give a definitive no. That's because he gave the organization one of the worst first impressions ever.

Be advised that the details of this story are somewhat hazy as I received them two computers ago and I can't dredge up the original document. But the essence of the story is what's important.

Williams did a pre-draft visit to Redskins Park when he came out of Tech. He didn't make a very good first impression as he showed up with a small posse and seemed distracted as he was sending and receiving text messages while he was being greeted.

It got worse from there. During a meeting with Gregg Williams and some other defensive coaches, J. Williams' cell phone rang. He answered it and started chatting it up with one of his buddies. G. Williams was not amused.

It didn't have a chance to get worse from there. Within minutes the player and his posse were back in the car on their way back to the airport after one of the shortest draft visits in history.

Williams won't get second chance to make a first impression with the Skins.

That probably wasn't the only such visit that Williams had in '06. He originally was projected to be a top-15 selection. As the interview process went on, he slid down the board until he wound up being the 37th pick.

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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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