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Offseason review: Redskins hire Morris

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Offseason review: Redskins hire Morris

While the offseason has another month to go, its safe to say that offseason personnel and coaching moves are pretty much over. There might be a minor trade or a waiver wire pickup here or there but the cake is mostly baked.So before training camp starts, lets take a look back at the five biggest moves of the offseason. Well count them down in order of how important they were. Today, we look at the hiring of Raheem Morris.Usually, when a team has 11 wins over two seasons there are some changes made to the coaching staff. One happened by attrition as linebackers coach Lou Spanos left after the season to become the defensive coordinator at UCLA. But there were more to come.In Tampa, the Bucs fired head coach Raheem Morris hours after their season ended with their 10th straight loss. He had gone straight from defensive backs coach to head coach at the age of 32 and that appeared to be too much of a leap for Morris.But he was an excellent position coach and possibly was ready to be a defensive coordinator. And he let it be known that he was not interested in taking any time off. Morris interviewed with the Vikings and Redskins within days of being fired.Morris signed with the Redskins as their secondary coach on Jan. 11 (although the team did not formally announce the move until Jan. 23). There are reports the the Vikings offered him their defensive coordinator job the day after the signed on with the Redskins. Although the Redskins likely would have let him out of his contract in order to take the coordinator position, he elected to stick with his commitment to the Redskins.As the news of Morris hiring came out it was reported that the Redskins had fired two coaches. Safeties coach Brian Jackson and wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell were shown the door.The departure of Jackson still left an awkward situation for the Redskins. Bob Slowik, a longtime assistant under Mike Shanahan, was the cornerbacks coach. The secondary had been split between two coaches since Joe Gibbs second stint as head coach. But just working as the safeties coach was too big a step down for Morris.The solution was to move Slowik to coach the linebackers in place of the departed Spanos and put the entire secondary under Morris.Morris has already brought some fire and enthusiasm to the field and he routinely talks trash with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Thats all well and good but his main job is to coach up a secondary that routinely is among the leagues worst in interceptions and has some issues with tackling from time to time. With the Redskins facing Eli Manning, Mike Vick, and Tony Romo twice a year (along with top-notch receivers on those teams) as well as seeing the likes of Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, and Ben Roethlisberger on their schedule, solid secondary play is vital.Morris and the Redskins have an agreement that he can take a defensive coordinator position next year if he is offered one. Turning around Washingtons secondary would be a nice feather in his cap if he wants to move back up the coaching ladder.

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Redskins draft oft-injured Auburn CB Joshua Holsey with their final pick

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Redskins draft oft-injured Auburn CB Joshua Holsey with their final pick

The Redskins haven't shied away from using draft picks on players with an injury history, and that trend continued all the way to their final pick of the draft with Auburn CB Joshua Holsey.

Holsey missed parts of the 2013 and 2015 seasons at Auburn due to torn ACLs, but rebounded with a strong season in 2016. He had 30 tackles, three interceptions and 10 passes defended in his senior season.

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He was overlooked through most of the draft process due to his injury history and was snubbed at the combine. 

The seventh round is a spot to take a flier on a guy who has some traits you like, and this certainly fits the bill with the pick of Joshua Holsey. 

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All or nothing? Redskins roll dice on 7th rd safety with lots of talent

All or nothing? Redskins roll dice on 7th rd safety with lots of talent

With two picks in the seventh round, the Redskins rolled the dice and selected Josh Harvey-Clemons. A safety from Louisville that started his career at Georgia, Harvey-Clemons was a five star recruit out of high school that eventually left Georgia due to multiple positive drug tests.

His junior year at Louisville, however, was a breakout season for Harvey-Clemons. Here are three things to know:

  1. Testing - At Georgia, Harvey-Clemons dealt with multiple suspensions for marijuana. That had a major impact on his draft status, and will have the eyes of the NFL watching him on the next level.
  2. Size - Harvey-Clemons has the size to play safety in the NFL, or maybe even more of a hybrid role like Su'a Cravens as a rookie. He's listed at 6-foot-4 and 217 lbs. NFL.com describes him with an "alpha mentality."
  3. Keep it together - After sitting out a transfer year, Harvey-Clemons played well at Lousville for two seasons. He logged more than 140 tackles and took ACC conference honors in 2015 and 2016. Whatever problems he had early in his college career (cough pot cough) he controlled at Louisville. If that continues, Harvey Clemons could have a chance at making the Redskins roster.

Simply put? The Redskins rolled the dice on a kid with good size and tackling ability who had problems with marijuana early in his college career. A lot of college students have problems smoking marijuana early in their college career. In the 7th round, this seems like a good gamble.

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