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Too quiet?

Too quiet?

As the search to find the successor to Joe Gibbs reaches its 26th day, the news coming out of the process has slowed to a crawl, approaching a dead stop. It's been a week since the team announced that Gregg Williams and Al Saunders had been fired, that Jim Zorn and Greg Blache would be the offensive and defensive coordinators, respectively, and that a new head man would not be named until after tomorrow's Super Bowl.

Since then, Jason LaCanfora created a stir when he followed a trail that led to Steve Mariucci being a potential candidate. Snyder and Cerrato were going to talk to him on Wednesday, then on Thursday. Now word from Dave Elfin is that they will talk before the game on Sunday. I'm not exactly sure when they're going to fit this in since Mooch's current employer, the NFL Network, is touting a six and a half hour pregame show and they undoubtedly have plans for the ex-Niners and Lions coach to be a part of it. Unless, of course, they've talked before.

And this leads us ask if it's just too quiet out there. It's been pretty well established that Snyder and Cerrato arrived in Arizona on Wednesday. What have they been doing? Riding the big Ferris wheel at the NFL Experience? Or are they perhaps coming up with one more twist on the roller coaster ride, adding another horse to the coaching carousel?

This week in the Phoenix area there is a potential coaching candidate under every rock. Mariucci is there. So is Cardinals offensive line coach Russ Grimm, someone with whom the team has not spoken, according to reports. So are dozens of other potential "surprise" candidates.

Is Snyder setting up a stunning announcement like the one we got a little over four years ago? A bolt out of the blue?

Throwing considerable water on this theory is that Jim Fassel also resides in the Phoenix area. It's quite possible that Dan and Vinny have been huddling with Jimmy to hash out some final details preceding the announcement of the former Giants coach as the new head man.

If indeed the delay in the announcement of a new head coach was strictly a ploy to let the fervent anti-Fassel outburst among Redskins fans online and on talk radio subside, it appears to have worked. A week and a half ago, Fassel was guilty of not being the peoples' and players' choice, Williams. Now the fact that Williams is moving on has sunk in and while there is precious little enthusiasm for a possible, perhaps probable, Fassel regime many who were angry a week ago are now accepting

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Jonathan Allen plans to model his game after two other All-Pro defenders

Jonathan Allen plans to model his game after two other All-Pro defenders

New Redskins defensive lineman Jonathan Allen is looking to pattern his game after two All-Pro linemen. 

"I'm a very versatile player and can do anything. I love watching Geno Atkins and Aaron Donald," Washington’s first-round draft pick told reporters on a conference call.

The Redskins will be very happy if Allen can be as productive as Atkins and Donald. Atkins has played for the Bengals since the 2010 season. He has been durable, playing in 16 games in six of his seven seasons, and effective, producing 52 sacks, a good total for a defensive tackle. 


Donald was a first-round pick of the Rams in 2014. He was a first-team All-Pro in each of the past two seasons, recording a total of 28 sacks in his three seasons. 

Both players combine outstanding physical talent and high motors. Allen has selected two pretty good role models to follow. 

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Gruden: Redskins have no concerns about Allen's shoulders

Gruden: Redskins have no concerns about Allen's shoulders

Jonathan Allen was the perfect pick for the Redskins, filling a need with a player who clearly was the best on the board.

Allen’s slide from a top-five prospect to the middle of the first round is believed to be because of issues with both of his shoulders. During his time at Alabama he suffered labral tears in both of his shoulders that were surgically repaired and he also suffers from mild arthritis in both of them. That apparently scared some teams off but not the Redskins.

“We didn't have any concerns,” said coach Jay Gruden. “We talked to Dr. [James] Andrews, he gave thumbs up on him. We feel very good about the injuries.”

Then why did a top talent slide all the way back to the Redskins’ pick?

“As far as him falling to us, their were a lot of things that happened in the draft, three quarterbacks went, a couple of receivers went pretty high, a lot of offensive players went that probably not a lot of people expected,” said Gruden. “So, some of these very good defensive players fell to us and we're happy.”

Allen told reporters that the shoulders did not cause him any problems while he was playing.

“I didn’t even wear a brace for the [2016] season,” Allen said. “So, I mean, it doesn’t even affect me. Every team I talked to, shoulders were medically cleared, no problems. Probably the best I’ve felt in the last four years, to be honest.”

Alabama team doctor Lyle Cain’s assessment of Allen’s shoulders align with those of the player and Gruden.

"He's played without any problems," Cain told NFL Media last month. "This is something that a lot of offensive linemen and defensive linemen have, things guys play with their whole careers. It's just a little earlier for him because he got hurt in college."

We will see how this plays out. It’s possible that his injury problems could limit his effectiveness or cut his career short. But clearly the Redskins saw that the Allen’s talent made the injury risk a worthwhile gamble.

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