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Redskins Set Sights on Bevell, McDermott

By Jake Russell

General manager Bruce Allen was genuine when he said the search for the 28th head coach in Washington Redskins history would be vast and immediate.

According to multiple reports Tuesday, members of the Redskins brass, including Allen, were in Seattle interviewing Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

In his three seasons as Seattle, Bevell improved the Seahwks’ points per game ranking from 23rd in 2011 to ninth in 2012 and eighth in 2013.

What is perhaps most desirable about the prospect of bringing Bevell on is his ability to develop Russell Wilson from an undersized third round pick to a leader who earned his way into a starting role and has become one of the most dynamic and successful quarterbacks in his first two seasons.

For Robert Griffin III, his 2013 sophomore slump dampened an outstanding 2012 rookie campaign in which he outshined all other rookies individual stats and honors. Wilson, however, had the most success, leading his team to an NFC Wild Card victory over the Redskins and was just eight seconds away from an NFC Championship game appearance. This season, Wilson led the Seahawks to a 13-3 record, an NFC West championship and a first round bye.

Seattle’s other key cog is running back Marshawn Lynch, whose three best seasons have come under Bevell’s leadership. Before 2011, Lynch hadn’t cracked 1,200 yards or scored double digit rushing touchdowns in a season. Since then, he’s put up 4,051 yards and 35 rushing scores.

Bevell’s emphasis of the running game would surely delight Alfred Morris, who has already rushed for 2,888 yards and 20 touchdowns in his first two seasons.

Washington is also set to interview Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott in Charlotte on Saturday according to multiple reports.

Under the direction of McDermott, the Panthers have established one of the most feared and respected defenses in the NFL, allowing only 15.1 points per game and 301.2 yards per game, both best for second in the NFL this season.

While hiring an offensive coach would be ideal in order to help develop Griffin as a franchise quarterback, the Redskins defense also needs to be pointed in the right direction, having struggled in its four seasons as a 3-4 unit.

The Redskins defense has struggled in many categories, including points allowed per game, ranking tied at 30th in 2013, 22nd in 2012 and 21st in 2011 and 2010.

McDermott’s knowledge of the NFC East would be an added boost, having worked as an assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2010.

Note: The Redskins signed seven players to futures contracts Tuesday, four of whom were retained from the practice squad.

Offensive lineman Tevita Stevens, former University of Maryland running back Davin Meggett, cornerback Peyton Thompson and tight end Gabe Miller were all elevated after finishing the season on the practice squad.

Washingtion also signed tight end Richard Quinn, who appeared in one game with the team in 2011, cornerback Ryan Mouton, who was with the team in training camp this past summer, and punter Robert Malone, who played in all 16 games for the New York Jets in 2012 and appeared in two contests this season.

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