It didn’t take Scot McCloughan long to establish that he’s going to be making some changes around these parts. After signing Ricky Jean-Francois early yesterday, he also cut veterans Stephen Bowen and Barry Cofield.
The two defensive linemen shared some commonalities – they both came to the Redskins four years ago – they both only played in eight games last year – and both were projected cap casualties with high bills of service for the upcoming season. Read the rest of this entry »
The new Redskins General Manager Scot McCloughan wasted little time in getting active in free agency, by signing former Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman Ricky Jean-Francois. The deal is reportedly a 3 year deal worth $9 million with $4 million guaranteed; but could be worth as much as $11.25 million with incentives, according to his agent Drew Rosenhaus.
Ricky Jean-Francois just signed a 3-year deal with the Redskins, per @RosenhausSports. Worth $9M with $4M guaranteed. Total value is $11.25M
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 26, 2015
Francois was released by the Colts on Monday, and the Redskins, 49ers, and Seahawks were rumoured to be interested. The 49ers actually drafted him originally, but it was McCloughan who was the GM in San Francisco at the time. It was actually the last draft selection he made there. Read the rest of this entry »
For those Washington fans that may not know, former Redskins kick returner Brandon Banks is now earning a paycheque in the Canadian Football League. After three years with Washington, Banks made the jump to Canadian Football last year, and will probably never look back.
This week he signed a 3-year deal with the Hamilton Tiger Cats. Banks spent last year with Hamilton, where he nearly stole the Grey Cup in the waning moments with a 90-yard punt return, unceremoniously called back for a penalty. That close call, and the promise of job security, made re-signing with the TiCats an easy decision for Banks. Read the rest of this entry »
It was over 20 years ago, so many football fans may not remember Pete Carroll’s controversial “gesture” way back in 1992. Carroll was the defensive coordinator for the Jets at the time, and they were playing the Miami Dolphins in the second last game of the season. Dolphins kicker Pete Stoyanovich inexplicably missed an extra point with just a couple of minutes left in the game, and Carroll made the infamous choke gesture in response. It was senseless. It was classless.
The Dolphins went on to win the game anyway, and Carroll later apologized for his classlessness, but obviously that wasn’t enough of a sacrifice for the football gods. They wanted more.
And extracted it yesterday at the most inopportune of times for Carroll.
Karma’s a bitch huh Pete?
As much as I hated the entire week leading up to the Super Bowl, the game itself was absolutely fantastic. It was… what the Super Bowl is supposed to be. A closely contested battle between what were quite obviously the league’s two best teams.
Let’s face it, the Seahawks blew it. There isn’t a coach / player / team alive that wouldn’t take the scenario that Seattle had. Down by just 4 points – less than a minute to go – but with the ball on the one yard line and with the game’s absolute best power back in your backfield. Marshawn Lynch can gain a yard on nearly any play, he is #BeastMode for a reason. That reason. The guy can run with 8 NFL players on his back. His leg drive is incredible.
So how on earth do you call a pass? Read the rest of this entry »
The pageantry from the NFL this week has been incredible. From Deflate-Gate to reporters clad in barrels, the hype machine during the Super Bowl lead-up has been absolutely feverish. Actually, pretty much nauseating to most of their genuine fans I would imagine, certainly to me.
What do you think? Has the NFL spent so much time, energy and money using the Super Bowl to attract a “new viewer” that they have completely forgotten and ignored their existing fanbase?
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The Redskins ended their search for a defensive coordinator Tuesday, and hired Joe Barry.
Barry was the linebackers coach for the San Diego Chargers, and was considered an early favorite for the job, until a flirtation with Vic Fangio this past weekend. Fangio signed with the Bears this morning.
Barry inherits a defense that was just 29th in the league in points allowed. It has holes. Its secondary, is tertiary at best. He has a heck of a job in front of him. The chargers employed a 3-4, so it looks like the Redskins might continue to be stuck with it too.
He has the unfortunate distinction of having been the defensive coordinator for the only 0-16 defense in history – the 2008 Detroit Lions. They allowed 517 points.
Vic Fangio is taking the job with the Bears, and not the Redskins.
Ironically, Jason LaCanfora tweeted the news:
Vic Fangio has decided to join John Fox's staff in Chicago. Skins were very interested. Fangio made his decision today
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 20, 2015
I say ironic, because JLC was also the one who tweeted that Fangio would be taking the Skins job last night (as I blogged this morning).
For what it’s worth, the source being JLC was the impetus behind me making my blog title this morning a question, and behind citing Chris Russell’s differing opinion (tweet).
JLC was clueless when he was in D.C. – a change of employers hasn’t improved his ability to “report” much. Rumors and innuendo are quite typically the extent of the “fact finding skills” of Mr. LaCanfora. #devoidOfTalent
Make sure you put him in your timeline and guess along with all of the NFL’s daily transactions!!
According to a tweet from Jason LaCanfora yesterday, the Redskins are close to adding Vic Fangio and Ed Donatell to their 2015 coaching staff.
I'd expect Vig Fangio and Ed Donatell to agree to join the Skins coaching staff by Tues AM. Would be very surprised if they did not
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 20, 2015
According to JLC, a known harbinger of Redskins truth and justice, the move is expected to happen some time this morning.
However, according to the Redskins’ Chris Russell:
The same source involved made it clear upon me double checking. "Not accurate" on JLC report of Fangio/Donatell to #Redskins in AM.
— Chris Russell (@Russellmania980) January 20, 2015
So you’re officially up-to-date on what might happen this morning.
Fangio met with the Redskins owner Dan Snyder and coach Jay Gruden on the weekend, but reportedly left without receiving a contract offer. He also met with the Chicago Bears.