The Redskins are removing defensive coordinator Joe Barry and three other defensive coaches, the team announced on Thursday afternoon.
It was a move many expected after a dismal showing in 2016, and with the team anticipating a busy offseason, the changes are not a surprising one.. The news was first reported by Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.
If you pick a key statistic — any one at all — the Redskins defense ranked at or near the bottom in 2016.
Washington gave up the 28th most yards in the league, the 24th most rush yards in the league and was just abysmal at getting stops on third downs.
There was some debate as to if Barry should be given another year to prove he could improve the defense. Washington's team lacked a number of resources on the defensive side of the ball, particularly along the defensive line.
La Canfora's report ends that debate, assuming it holds true and the defensive staff is let go. What direction the Redskins go next will be most interesting, as a number of big-name defensive minds will be available.
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Here's an updated look at second-round pick Ryan Anderson's stats since the Redskins drafted him back in late April: zero career NFL tackles, one career baby named partly after him.
On Tuesday, Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt honored Anderson and fellow ex-Crimson Tide linebacker Reuben Foster by combining their last names and making that combination his newborn son's middle name.
Everyone please say hello to Flynt Anderson-Foster Pruitt:
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The gesture was not lost on Anderson, who said on Instagram that the "little guy will always hold a special place" in his heart:
One gets the sense that Anderson, who comes across as a very intense man and one whose breakfast probably consists of a bowl of motor oil, doesn't use heart emojis very often. Therefore, since he used some in his Instagram caption, you know Pruitt's decision meant a lot to him.
Jordan Reed was reportedly absent from the Redskins' voluntary OTA practice on Tuesday, but a picture on Twitter shows the stud tight end didn't skip the session just so he could lounge around on the couch.
Chad Johnson, expert on all things such as repeatedly hauling in footballs and transforming the end zone into the 18th green at Augusta National, posted this photo of him, Reed and one other fellow, presumably following a workout:
For those who want to freak out that Washington's top offensive threat didn't show up in Ashburn for his team's OTAs, it's important to remember that 1) it was not required and 2) judging by that snapshot, Reed has had no trouble staying in football shape on his own or finding people to hone his craft with.
By the way, peep that hashtag from Johnson. When a six-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro uses the word legendary to refer to someone else, that someone else should feel pretty good about himself.
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