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Washington hires Jeff Zgonina as assistant defensive line coach

Washington announced two additions to its coaching staff Thursday. Brett Nenaber will serve as the team’s director of player performance and Jeff Zgonina as the assistant defensive line coach. Nenaber will report to head coach Ron Rivera and head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion. Nenaber is entering his eighth season as an NFL athletic performance professional [more]

Dan Snyder exploring options for gambling at stadium in Maryland

Washington owner Daniel Snyder is exploring whether he could get legal approval for sports betting in Maryland, where FedEx Field is located and where Snyder has looked into building a new stadium down the road. The Washington Post reports that Snyder met with multiple members of the state legislature in Maryland and conditioned keeping the [more]

Lions: “Way too early” to start auctioning the third pick

The Lions could be sitting in the fabled catbird seat when the 2020 NFL Draft gets here, but coach Matt Patricia wasn’t ready to get into that while he’s coaching the Senior Bowl. With the Bengals having their hearts set on LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (unless they don’t), and with conventional wisdom suggesting that Washington [more]

Jaguars plan to hire Jay Gruden as offensive coordinator

The Jaguars plan to hire Jay Gruden as their next offensive coordinator, NFL Media reports. Ian Rapoport adds that the “deal isn’t done, but the Jaguars are close to adding a very talented OC with a great pedigree in the role.” Two other former head coaches, Ben McAdoo and Scott Linehan, also interviewed for the [more]

Joe Gibbs was eager to sell Ron Rivera on Dan Snyder

Ron Rivera wanted to get back into coaching quickly, that much was clear. But anyone with his kind of resume would reasonably have questions about working for Washington owner Dan Snyder. Snyder’s best salesman, it turns out, was Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs, who was eager to talk to Rivera about what could be [more]

Case Keenum: Future “probably not” in Washington

Case Keenum is confident in his abilities, but he’s also a realist. So he understands that he’s probably not a long-term fit in Washington. Keenum told J.P. Finlay of that he didn’t necessarily anticipate being part of the mix there in the future, as he heads into free agency. “I have no idea. I [more]

Reuben Foster regained feeling in his foot last week

Washington linebacker Reuben Foster missed the entire 2019 season after tearing the ACL, LCL and MCL in his left knee during an offseason practice and his recovery from those injuries has been complicated by nerve damage. Foster’s agent Malki Kawa told Ian Rapoport of NFL Media that the nerve damage left Foster without feeling in [more]

Scott Turner: Dwayne Haskins has physical tools, needs reps

Washington’s new offensive coordinator inherits a quarterback who was a first-round choice a year ago. Scott Turner will be charged with developing Dwayne Haskins. Haskins, the 15th overall choice, has the physical tools, Turner said. The quarterback, though, lacks experience. He played only 171 snaps on offense before 2018 at Ohio State when he became [more]

Jack Del Rio: Washington defense “can be better” (because it can’t be much worse)

Washington has a new coaching staff, led by a defensive-minded head coach and a defensive coordinator who is a two-time former NFL head coach. On Wednesday, new coordinator Jack Del Rio spoke with reporters for the first time since making the transition from media back to coaching. Asked about the status of the team’s defense, [more]

A.J. Francis becomes a professional wrestler

A well-traveled former NFL player will be doing more traveling as part of his latest venture. According to Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, veteran defensive tackle A.J. Francis has signed a three-year deal with WWE to become a professional wrestler. Francis, whose side gig with Uber drew attention several years ago, played for [more]

Washington announces 16 members of their coaching staff

Washington filled the highest-profile spots on their coaching staff shortly after hiring Ron Rivera as their new head coach and they announced 16 more members of the staff on Tuesday. Some of the names have been reported in the past, including quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese and wide receivers coach Jim Hostler. They join running backs [more]

Washington promotes Tim Gribble

The continued remaking of the Washington front office continued Tuesday with an in-house promotion. The team announced that Tim Gribble had been promoted to director of college scouting. He’s been with the team 19 years, working alongside new vice president of player personnel Kyle Smith. Gribble had been promoted to assistant director of college scouting [more]

Washington promotes Kyle Smith to VP of player personnel

Washington announced Monday it has promoted Kyle Smith to the role of vice president of player personnel. “Kyle Smith has put in the work over the last 10 seasons and has proven to be a skilled talent evaluator,” owner Dan Snyder said in a statement. In his new role, Smith will oversee both the college [more]

Spots 1-28 now set for 2020 NFL Draft

Yesterday was a crushing loss for the Texans, but at least they can comfort themselves with their future, and how they can use the 26th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to make a good team better. Oh wait, they already traded that one to the Dolphins. Sorry guys, that was probably too soon. With [more]

Report: Rams finalizing deal for Kevin O’Connell as offensive coordinator

The Rams will have an offensive coordinator this season, and that offensive coordinator is expected to be Kevin O’Connell. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Rams are finalizing a deal for O’Connell. O’Connell succeeded Rams coach Sean McVay as offensive coordinator in Washington. O’Connell joined Washington as quarterbacks coach in 2017 and added passing [more]

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