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Press release: Redskins announce Fewell as defensive backs coach

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Press release: Redskins announce Fewell as defensive backs coach

The Redskins announced the hiring of Perry Fewell as defensive backs coach and Mike Clark as the strength and conditioning coach. Here is the press release via Redskins PR:

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have named Perry Fewell as Defensive Backs Coach and Mike Clark as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Fewell is entering his 18th NFL season after having spent the last five seasons as defensive coordinator of the New York Giants, a stint that included a victory in Super Bowl XLVI. In Fewell’s five seasons in New York, his unit amassed 160 takeaways, second-most in the NFC and third-most in the NFL.

Fewell entered the NFL in 1998 as a defensive backs coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars, a position in which he served for five seasons. He went on to coach defensive backs in St. Louis (2003-04) and Chicago (2005) before earning his first defensive coordinator job in 2006 with the Buffalo Bills. In 2009, he served as the Bills’ interim head coach for seven games.

Prior to joining the professional ranks, Fewell spent 13 years coaching collegiately. During his college coaching career, he held various positions at North Carolina, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Kent State and Vanderbilt.

Fewell lettered as a defensive back at Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) from 1980-83 and was part of the university’s Hall of Fame class in 2011. A native of Gastonia, N.C., he was on the football and track teams at South Point H.S. in Belmont, N.C., and was inducted into the Belmont Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.

Fewell and his wife, Kathleen, have two sons.

Clark is entering his 12th NFL season after having most recently served as Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the Chicago Bears from 2013-14. His previous NFL experience includes stints with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Seattle Seahawks. He was named the NFL Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by American Football Monthly in 2005 and helped the Seahawks advance to Super Bowl XL.

Clark spent 23 seasons in strength and conditioning at the collegiate level, including 14 seasons at Texas A&M from 1990-2003. He added the duties of assistant athletic director in 2000. During his time with the Aggies, he was named the Strength Coach of the Year in 1993 and 2000 by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.

A native of Wichita, Kan., Clark played high school football at Oak Park H.S. in Kansas City, and continued as a center at Ottawa (Kan.) University. He and his wife, Kris, have three children, Matthew, J.J. and Alicia.

FEWELL FOOTBALL TIMELINE

  • 2010-14:          Defensive Coordinator, New York Giants
  • 2009:               Interim Head Coach, Buffalo Bills (final seven games)
  • 2006-09:          Defensive Coordinator, Buffalo Bills
  • 2005:               Defensive Backs Coach, Chicago Bears
  • 2003-04:          Secondary Coach, St. Louis Rams
  • 1998-2002:      Defensive Backs Coach, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • 1995-97:          Secondary Coach, Vanderbilt
  • 1992-94:          Defensive Line Coach, U.S. Military Academy at West Point
  • 1988-91:          Wide Receivers Coach, Kent State
  • 1987:               Defensive Backs Coach, U.S. Military Academy at West Point
  • 1985-86:          Graduate Assistant, North Carolina
  • 1980-83:          Defensive Back, Lenoir-Rhyne

CLARK FOOTBALL TIMELINE

  • 2013-14:          Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, Chicago Bears
  • 2010-12:          Strength and Conditioning Coach, Kansas City Chiefs
  • 2004-09:          Strength and Conditioning Coach, Seattle Seahawks
  • 1990-2003:      Strength and Conditioning Coach, Texas A&M
  • 1988-89:          Strength and Conditioning Coach, Southern California
  • 1983-87:          Strength and Conditioning Coach, Oregon
  • 1982:               Strength and Conditioning Coach, Kansas
  • 1981:               Strength and Conditioning Coach, Wyoming
  • 1979-80:          Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach, Topeka (Kan.) H.S.
  • 1977-78:          Graduate Assistant, Kansas

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Redskins Playbook: 2017 schedule reveals some good news for Kirk Cousins

Redskins Playbook: 2017 schedule reveals some good news for Kirk Cousins

The Redskins offense performed at a high level in 2016, moving the ball well though the unit struggled in the red zone. Much of the success comes from Kirk Cousins' ability to quickly advance through his progressions and release the football before he takes too many hits.

Expect more of that in 2017, especially early in the season.

The Redskins don't face their first Top 5 sack defense until Week 9 when they travel to Seattle. From there, Cousins will face another Top 5 sack team when the Vikings visit FedEx Field in Week 10. 

After that, Washington's schedule doesn't feature a Top 5 sack defense until nearly Christmas. Unfortunately for Cousins, those two teams will come back to back in December when the Redskins host the Cardinals and the Broncos.

Sacks should not drive too much worry for Redskins fans. The Washington offensive line only allowed 23 sacks last season, two less than the Cowboys vaunted offensive line gave up on Dak Prescott. Cousins quick release and mastery of Jay Gruden's offense helps too. 

The Redskins have plenty to worry about in 2017, though facing fierce sack opponents shouldn't be too high on the list. 

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Need to Know: The top five running backs the Redskins will face in 2017

Need to Know: The top five running backs the Redskins will face in 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 25, 32 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 175 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 77 days.

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 22
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 46
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 69

The top five running backs the Redskins will face in 2017

Here are the five running backs on the Redskins’ schedule who gained the most yards in 2017. We looked at the top QBs last week.

Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys, 1,631 yards in 2016—The NFL’s leading rusher didn’t pop for a big day against the Redskins as a rookie last year. He still did plenty of damage in two games with a combined 180 yards and three touchdowns. We’ll find out in Week 8 just how much the Redskins’ rushing defense has improved.

David Johnson, Cardinals, 1,239 yards—Yeah, him again. He chewed up the Redskins in Arizona last year, picking up 84 yards rushing and another 91 yards receiving. I think I might pick Johnson over Elliott in a draft simply due to Johnson’s versatility.

LeGarrette Blount, Eagles, 1,161 yards—Blount picked up those yards with the Patriots last year and rushed for 18 touchdowns for good measure. He averaged 3.9 yards per carry, 27th among qualifying running backs. It should be noted that the Eagles probably have a better offensive line than the Patriots do. It’s safe to say Blount is one dimensional; none of the top 50 in rushing yards had fewer than his seven receptions.

Mark Ingram, Saints, 1,043 yards—While Ingram had a good year, the Saints apparently weren’t overly impressed. They signed Adrian Peterson as a free agent and they drafted RB Alvin Kamara in the third round. We’ll have to see who is healthy and on the field in Week 11

Melvin Gordon, Chargers, 997 yards—The 2015 first-round pick missed the last three games and most of another one with an injury. When healthy, he was very effective. His stats projected over 16 games come to over 1,300 yards.

Best of the rest: Carlos Hyde of the 49ers just missed the top five with 988 rushing yards last year Besides Kamara, the only running backs drafted in the first three rounds the Redskins will face are Dalvin Cook (Vikings) and Kareem Hunt (Chiefs). It will be interesting to see if new Rams coach Sean McVay can revive Todd Gurley, who followed a 1,100-yard rookie season with a 4.8 per carry average by gaining 885 yards with a paltry 3.2 average in 2016. Marshawn Lynch comes to town with the Raiders after spending a year in retirement; with the Seahawks, he picked up 111, 72, and 132 on the ground against the Redskins. 

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