The State of the Redskins at the present time requires immediate action regarding a new offensive coordinator and a defensive coordinator. Also, the Redskins do need to get Kirk Cousins signed to a long-term deal now before the L.A. Rams head-coach Sean McVay scoops him up, or former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan becomes the head-coach of the S.F. 49ers and scoops Cousins up. It appears likely Kyle Shanahan will be chosen the new 49ers head-coach.
RevT of Rev T’s Sports Revival has a popular sports-talk radio show based in the Washington D.C. area. He and his Co-host DMV Kell discuss all D.C. area sports including our Washington Redskins. Both are exceptional analysts. His podcasts help our military Redskins fans stay informed and feel close to home. Rev T said “The Redskins need to be concerned that quarterback Kirk Cousins could go to the L.A. Rams, or S.F. 49ers and do something now. They are looking dysfunctional and the longer they take to sign Cousins to a long term deal and pick an OC and DC, the less chance of getting great quality coordinators.”
He also mentioned the irony if Kirk Cousins ended up a Rams QB after we gave away the farm to the Rams for RGIII.
All three decisions will affect our 2017 Washington Redskins team tremendously, If we lose a Top 8 NFL quarterback, Kirk Cousins, then who will be the new starting quarterback of the Redskins? If we have a bad offensive coordinator, we will not score the amount of points needed to win the games. If our Redskins do not have a good defensive coordinator who can scout other teams and prepare good defenses against their offenses, our team will give up too many points to win. All 3 of these issues must be addressed now. I am for a long term deal for Kirk Cousins. In my view, he is worth the money and we need to have consistency at head-coach and quarterback. Jay Gruden is an offensive guru and I know his system can produce over 30 points a game minimum.
I suggest O-line coach Bill Callahan be promoted to Offensive Coordinator, He has experience as a head coach, play caller, and has been with our Redskins for two seasons now and has improved our offensive line. I think they were ranked 4th in the NFL in protecting the quarterback (Pass Protecting,nr of sacks allowed,etc) That way, the players already on the roster will not have to learn a new system, nor a new language, or get to know a new coordinator. I know he can do the job.
As far as DC, defensive coordinator, that is a much tougher decision. As of this writing, and out of the qualified candidates, I would pick Gus Bradley and do it now. Lock in Cousins, Callahan, and Bradley now.
Reasons why I would pick Gus Bradley for DC are mainly his success with the Seattle Seahawks from 2009 thru 2012. I am sure all true football fans would respect that physical, stingy defense. In 2012, the Seahawks’ defense allowed opponents to only gain 306.2 yards per game and to score 15.3 points per game. He has head-coach experience with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but defense is his strong point, The man is of high intelligence. In college he won 4 time academic awards and has a Masters Degree. Since he personally played safety and special teams in college, players can respect and relate to Bradley.
Another choice would be Jeff Fisher.
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I know it is easy to criticize Fisher as a head-coach, but defensively, the man is an exceptional coach.
Fisher learned under Buddy Ryan and was a defensive back for the famous 1985 Bears. He went with Buddy Ryan to the Philadelphia Eagles. Ryan had Fisher as a defensive backs coach. In 1988, Fisher was promoted to defensive coordinator at age 30, the youngest defensive coordinator ever in the NFL.
The 1989 Eagles defense led the NFL in interceptions (30) and sacks (62). The 1990 squad led the league in rushing defense and finished second in sacks. I am sure Redskins fans remember that tough 3,4 Fisher Eagles defense. It was not a true 3,4 defense and I feel he can use most of the current players and make this 3,4 defense work. Ryan’s 46 defense and Fisher’s 3-4 is very similar as packages and blitzes are disguised usually bringing one more than the offense has blockers resulting in a sack, fumble, interception, or incompleted pass.
Personality wise, I believe Fisher would accept his role and do the best job he could and be dedicated to it. I don’t think he would be a distraction or a problem puppy or demand attention like the Ryan brothers would. Jeff Fisher is a defensive genius.
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So, to be continued. I follow our Redskins all off-season and will keep you informed because you are the best fans in the NFL.