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DeSean Jackson reportedly met with Robert Griffin III before Redskins visit

desean-jacksonThe Washington Redskins are considered a serious contender to sign DeSean Jackson. They are one of a number of teams who have expressed interest in the 27-year-old wide receiver since he was released by the Philadelphia Eagles, and we all know Daniel Snyder is never afraid to spend money. In fact, he may have even sent Robert Griffin III to do a little recruiting.

TMZ Sports is reporting that Jackson and RG3 hung out in Los Angeles over the weekend for “several hours” and that things went well. Jackson was scheduled to visit the Redskins on Monday.

According to ESPN Radio 980′s Chris Russell, Jackson does not intend to settle for a team-friendly deal in the wake of a troubling report about his alleged link to members of a gang. Jackson, a 2013 Pro Bowler, was scheduled to make $10.5 million with the Eagles in 2013 prior to his release. He is reportedly looking for an average annual value of $9 million to $10 million on the open market.

Again, Snyder is not afraid to spend. The Redskins have just under $7 million in cap space heading into 2014, whereas other potential Jackson suitors like the Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders have roughly $14 million. That said, money won’t be the reason Washington misses out on Jackson. If they want him bad enough, they’ll find a way to make it work.

Harry Reid: Redskins name will be changed within three years

Washington Redskins helmetThe Washington Redskins have found a new way to try convincing people that the name of their team is not racist in nature. The team announced earlier this week that it will be making a number of charitable contributions to Native Americans, including over 3,000 cold weather coats, sneakers for boys and girls basketball players and a backhoe for a tribe in Omaha.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sees the new movement as a “phony deal” that is not going to help Daniel Snyder keep the Redskins name.

“Dan Snyder, he’s got a great new deal,” Reid told Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog on Thursday. “He’s going to throw a few blankets to the Indians and get a tax deduction for it. I can’t imagine why the man doesn’t realize that the name is going to change. It’s only a question of when it’s going to change. That’s the only question.”

Snyder has said in the past that the team will never changes its name, despite pressure from the mayor of Washington, D.C. and many others. Reid insists Snyder is on the “losing side of history,” citing similar issues like the University of North Dakota changing its Fighting Sioux nickname after Las Vegas multimillionaire Ralph Engelstad built the school a new hockey arena to try to convince them to keep the name.

“I think the name will be changed within the next three years,” Reid said. “You know, I may slip a year or two, but I think it’s just a question of time. Because Native Americans are organized. We have Native Americans who now are not all poor. We’ve got these Indian gaming establishments who have money, who are gonna help with this. And Dan Snyder’s not the only person in the world with money.”

Reid’s probably right. The issue is not going to go away no matter how much money Snyder throws at Native American tribes and organizations or how many letters Roger Goodell writes to Congress. Eventually, the pressure will become too great to overcome.

Jay Gruden to become Washington Redskins head coach

Jay GrudenThe Washington Redskins have reportedly hired Jay Gruden to be the team’s next head coach. A press conference is scheduled for 4 p.m. EST on Thursday to announce the move, which was reported by various media outlets.

Gruden interviewed for the Redskins job on Wednesday, and several beat writers speculated that he would be offered the job and accept it. There was some speculation that Gruden might prefer the Tennessee Titans job, but Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has been known for sparing no expense to land the coach he likes the most. Apparently that was Gruden.

Gruden has spent the last three seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals. For whatever reason, his accomplishments in Cincinnati have made him a top head coaching candidate. As LB mentioned earlier this week, we don’t really understand what Gruden has done with the Bengals’ offense that makes him so special.

As many of you know, Jay Gruden is the younger brother of ESPN analyst and former NFL head coach Jon Gruden. Perhaps the name “Gruden” has gone a long way for Jay over the past few years. Time will tell if he is able to get a Redskins offense that was abysmal in 2013 back on track.

Report: Mike Shanahan and Redskins likely to part ways

Mike ShanahanHere’s a report that will shock you: Mike Shanahan and the Washington Redskins are expected to part ways after the season.

The Washington Post’s Mark Maske wrote the following on Friday:

Several people familiar with the situation continued to say this week they believe it’s likely that the Redskins and Shanahan will part ways. Some of those people said they think the scenario by which Shanahan might stay is if he and Snyder refuse to budge on financial considerations.

Shanahan has one year left on his five-year contract with Washington. He is due to earn around $7 million next year, but he would forfeit that amount if he resigns. He is not expected to resign.

Previous reports have indicated that owner Daniel Snyder does not want to pay for Shanahan’s buyout. One scenario where he could stick around is if he hires new coordinators.

It’s been a nightmare season for Shanahan, and he even expressed how poorly things have been going for him when he said he got lumps of coal for Christmas. Between some of his public comments and the benching of Robert Griffin III, it seems like he has been begging to be fired more than Ted at the grocery store. The two sides should just come to an agreement so all parties can move on. This has been a disaster.

London Fletcher: Drama makes it harder to win

London-Fletcher-RedskinsBelieve it or not, the Washington Redskins won the NFC East title last season. That success is easy to forget when you look at their 3-12 record this season, which has included seven straight losses. If you ask London Fletcher, one of the differences between 2012 and 2013 for the Redskins is drama.

“I think what happens is, in the National Football League it’s tough enough to win on Sundays when you’re just competing against the opponent,” Fletcher told reporters on Thursday, via Mark Maske of the Washington Post. “But then when you add other dynamics to the situation, that makes it more difficult. Any time you have distractions, some people can block it out. Some people can’t. So it’s not a good thing when you’re dealing with stuff that you have to deal with beyond just the opponent.”

The veteran linebacker made sure to note that he does not believe the Redskins are 3-12 because of distractions — it just didn’t help. If nothing else, I’m sure the drama has made it almost impossible for the team to turn things around over the past month or two.

That said, Fletcher added that he has dealt with plenty of drama during his NFL career.

“I’ve been in Washington for seven years,” he said. “Of course … Oh yeah, ’09 was pretty bad. You had all kind of drama going on throughout the team and coaching. Just a lot of stuff. That was a pretty tough year.”

All players go through tough seasons. Redskins fans can only hope the 2013 season turns out to be the worst of Robert Griffin III’s career. With all the questions surrounding Mike Shanahan’s future and his decision to bench RG3, the past several weeks have been about much more than just X’s and O’s.

Redskins expected to pursue Art Briles as head coach

Art Briles Robert Griffin BaylorThe Washington Redskins could be dreaming of a reunion between Robert Griffin III and Art Briles, his college coach at Baylor.

According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, Washington is expected to pursue Briles when Mike Shanahan’s tenure as head coach comes to an end.

ESPN reported on Sunday that Shanahan thought about quitting after last season because of frustration over the way owner Daniel Snyder favored RG3. They say Shanahan, who is in the fourth year of a 5-year, $35 million contract, stuck with the team because he didn’t want the perception to be that he walked away because his franchise quarterback got hurt. Reports indicate Shanahan could be fired this week.

Briles would be a natural candidate for the position because of his success with RG3 in college. Briles and RG3 began their careers at Baylor in the 2008 season. The Bears went 4-8 in their first year, 4-8 the next year (Griffin tore his ACL that season), 7-6 in 2010 and 10-3 in 2011. The 2011 season saw RG3 win the Heisman Trophy and lead Baylor to a win in the Alamo Bowl. He threw for 37 touchdowns and six interceptions under Briles that season, and rushed for 699 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Since losing RG3, Briles has maintained a strong level at Baylor. The Bears went 8-5 last season and are 11-1 this season. His excellent coaching and explosive offense resulted in him being rewarded with a 10-year contract extension last month that runs through 2023. The contract calls for him to be paid him more than $4 million next season, but La Canfora says it does not preclude him from jumping to the NFL.

Though the appeal of coaching Griffin could be high for Briles, the failures of so many other coaches in Washington could be a turnoff. Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy said this week that he would not want to work for Snyder.

It remains to be seen whether Briles would be open to the challenge when the time comes.

Redskins screwed by referees on non first down call at end of game

Redskins first down

The Washington Redskins were screwed by the referees and chain gang on their final possession in a 24-17 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday night.

Washington had the ball at their 41 with two minutes left and were facing a 2nd-and-5 situation. Robert Griffin III completed a pass to Pierre Garcon, who came close to the first down marker. The ball was spotted just short of the yellow line running across the NBC screen. The confusion came when the chain gang acted like it was a first down after being instructed by a referee to move the sticks forward.

In the GIF below, you can see the official at the bottom of the screen instruct the chain gang to move up for a first down:

The chain gang moved the sticks up and changed their down box to signify first down. The problem was the referees then changed their mind and then signaled that it was third down.

Below you can see the same referee who initially waved the chain gang up for a first down changed and then signaled a three on his hand, all the while the down box said one:

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