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Jay Gruden Talks Interview Process

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on January 9, 2014 – 11:20 am



Interviews for head coach positions with four different teams in 2013 gave Jay Gruden an idea of what to expect from curious owners and general managers.

Before he interviewed with the Washington Redskins and the Tennessee Titans in 2014, Gruden pitched his services to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the San Diego Chargers and the Arizona Cardinals in 2013, when he ultimately returned to Cincinnati for his third season as offensive coordinator.

After the Chargers defeated the Bengals in the divisional round of the playoffs, Gruden told bengals.com how he approaches the interview process. Read more »

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Perry Fewell Fuels Takeaways

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on January 6, 2014 – 4:30 pm



Eight days ago, Perry Fewell paced the field at MetLife Stadium and called defensive plays for a Giants unit that held the Redskins to six points and zero touchdowns in the 2013 season finale.

On Monday, he interviewed to become the head coach of the team he helped stop.

In the late December game in New York, Fewell’s defense forced four Redskins turnovers.  In eight years as an NFL defensive coordinator, Fewell’s defenses have ranked in the top 5 in takeaways four times and in the top 10 for each of the past five years.

Fewell has 16 years of NFL experience but lacks a full season of head coaching under his belt.

After the Bills relieved Dick Jauron of head coaching duties in 2009, Fewell finished out the season as the interim head coach. Buffalo won three games under both head coaches that year, but Fewell had two less contests than Jauron in the lead role.

Players in Buffalo felt the impact of the change as soon as the first team meeting. Read more »

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Jim Caldwell Develops Quarterbacks

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on January 5, 2014 – 4:55 pm



Jim Caldwell has fostered talented quarterbacks.

Peyton Manning is the obvious example. The 2012 Super Bowl edition of Joe Flacco, Redskins emigrant Brad Johnson and a collegiate Kerry Collins have also succeeded under Caldwell.

On Sunday, Caldwell became the second confirmed head coach candidate to interview with the Redskins, a franchise looking to develop its own nascent quarterback. Read more »

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Rich Bisaccia Offers Special Pedigree

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on January 3, 2014 – 5:33 pm



The Redskins know firsthand how well Dallas played on special teams this season.

On Friday, Washington interviewed the man in charge of the unit to be the 29th head coach of the franchise.

Rich Bisaccia directed a group that ranked fourth in the NFL In kick return average (25.5 yards per return) and fifth in punt return average (12.5 yards per return). Dallas held opponents to 20.8 yards per kick return, tied for the sixth lowest average in the league, and did not allow a touchdown on a kick or punt return.

The Cowboys ranked fourth in field goal percentage, successfully converting 93 percent of their attempts. They did not allow a blocked punt or kick during the season. Read more »

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Sneak Peak: “Inside The Redskins” Special

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on January 3, 2014 – 10:06 am


Chris Cooley doesn’t buy it.

On a special edition of “Inside the Redskins” airing on NBC-4 at 10:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 4, Cooley details why he disagrees with anyone who thinks the Washington Redskins are not an attractive destination for head coaching prospects.

“I don’t know how you could imagine someone wouldn’t want to take this job,” Cooley told Larry Michael.

Take a sneak peak at the show and watch Cooley explain his stance in the video below. Tune in for a special edition of “Inside the Redskins” recapping the season and looking ahead in 2014.

“Inside the Redskins” Special Edition

Saturday, Jan. 4, 10:30 a.m. ET


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London Fletcher Endorses Lovie Smith

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on January 2, 2014 – 11:00 am



The field of potential candidates to be the next head coach of the Washington Redskins thinned on New Year’s day.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were finalizing a deal with Lovie Smith, the former Chicago Bears head coach who directed the Bucs’ linebackers from 1996 to 2000.

London Fletcher liked the move.

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Happy Belated Birthday To Coach Pardee

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 20, 2012 – 4:38 pm

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Lost in the shuffle of yesterday afternoon was the celebration of former Redskins head coach Jack Pardee’s 76th birthday.  Pardee was one of the famous “Ram-skins,” brought to Washington to be part of head coach George Allen’s “Over the Hill Gang.”

During the final two years of his playing career, he started 17 games for the Redskins at outside linebacker and tallied 5 interceptions, one fumble recovery, and a touchdown on defense.

After his playing days were over, he returned to the gridiron on the sidelines, accepting a job in the Nation’s Capital as the head coach of the World Football League’s Washington Ambassadors.  The team would later move to Norfolk and retain the name, before moving to Florida and becoming the Blazers.  After one championship season, he was hired as the Chicago Bears head coach, before returning to the lead the Redskins in 1978.

Pardee might be best remembered for being the head coach of the team directly before Joe Gibbs, but he deserves credit for assembling players that would contribute to Gibbs’s championships. Read more »

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