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Redskins Chatting with Suitors for Outside Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan

In a season going nowhere fast, the Redskins might have an active day today in the trade deadline, and one player that it getting a lot of interest in outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan.

Washington Post sports writer Jake Russell reports that the Skins are lining up suitors for Kerrigan, with the big two being the Indianapolis Colts and the Baltimore Ravens.

Here’s the tweet from Russell about the rumors around Kerrigan.

“Several teams have real interest in Washington linebacker Ryan Kerrigan as well (Baltimore and Indianapolis among them) but are not getting the sense Washington is looking to move the team leader despite facing what could be a long roster rebuild ahead.”

Kerrigan has been a steady player for the Redskins over the last nine seasons, being one of the better long term pass rushers in the league.

In his first 136 starts in the NFL, the veteran edge-rusher has totaled 86.5 sacks, 112 tackles for loss, 25 forced fumbles, and three interceptions.

The question now is what could the Redskins get in return for Kerrigan, and would they be happy with their loot should they move him?

Former Vikings Now Redskins RB Adrian Peterson Cheered After Reaching 6th on the Rushing List

With two minutes left in the game, and the game well in hand, the Minnesota crowd turned its appreciation to someone it knows well: running back Adrian Peterson.

And the cheers caused the longtime running back, one of the hardest runners in the NFL, to choke up, John Keim of ESPN reports.

The Washington Redskins running back, who moved into sixth place on the NFL’s all-time rushing list earlier in the game, was shown on the scoreboard in both end zones, leading to a prolonged ovation, chants of “AP!” and Peterson twice waving to the crowd. The second time, he kissed his fingers, then showed them to the crowd. He smiled, but he later said the applause also caused him to be emotional. Peterson spent 10 years with the Vikings, rushing for a franchise-record 11,747 yards and 97 touchdowns.

“I had to hold tears back, to be honest,” Peterson said. “It was special, a special moment.”

He also called it a bittersweet one, considering the Redskins lost 19-9. But Peterson showed he still had life left, rushing for 76 yards on 14 carries. The Redskins had the ball for only 8:01 of the second half, giving Peterson fewer chances to run the ball. But it was a much better return than the one he made in 2017 when, playing for the Saints, he rushed six times for 18 yards in the season opener.

This one meant a lot to both Peterson and the crowd. That Saints game was known for the scowl Peterson gave to coach Sean Payton. There was no scowl to be seen Thursday.

“Just coming back and seeing the love they still have for me and they showed, man, it felt good,” Peterson said. “Even in defeat I’m able to embrace it and take it for what it was and it meant a lot. I spent a decade here so just to see that ovation and the love they showed it was meaningful.”

Peterson even caught himself doing something he once did often during his decade here.

“There was a couple times during the game I caught myself singing the Skol song,” he said. “It’s a natural instinct. Some things are just triggered.”

Video: Redskins Win First of 2019; Top Dolphins 17-16

It wasn’t pretty, but thanks to some big plays and some not so good plays by the Dolphins, the Redskins earned their first win Sunday 17-16 in Miami.

Jay Gruden Gets Condolences From His Brother John on Being Fired

One day after his brother, Jay Gruden, was fired as head coach of the Redskins, Jon Gruden told reporters he would not speculate about Jay joining his staff in Oakland when asked about the possibility, Jeremy Bergman of reports But he made sure to offer his condolences.

“I’m obviously very disappointed for my brother,” Gruden said Tuesday ahead of Oakland’s bye week. “It was a long night, last couple of nights. He worked hard. Got a lot of respect for my brother. Obviously, I’m disappointed for him getting fired.

“But my dad’s been fired. I’ve been fired. Jay’s been fired and welcome to the club, bro.”

The last time Jon Gruden was axed as head coach of an NFL franchise, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers relieved him of his duties following the 2008 season, his seventh with the organization. He quickly found employment, joining ESPN as a color analyst for “Monday Night Football” until Oakland poached him from the broadcasting booth in 2018 and signed him to a 10-year contract. Safe to say, Jon won’t be fired for quite some time.

But this is Jay’s first rodeo at this high of a level.

Whether little brother will join big brother in Oakland for the remainder of the season remains to be seen, but is unlikely. For one, Oakland already has a veteran offensive staff in place. Plus, The Washington Post’s Les Carpenter reported Monday that Jay Gruden “didn’t plan on working again this season.”

The Brothers Gruden were last on the same staff in 2008, when Jay was an offensive assistant on Jon’s Bucs staff, all the while coaching the AFL’s Orlando Predators.

Redskins OC Kevin O’Connell the Front Runner to Be the Team’s New Head Coach?

“Many in the league are convinced” the Redskins will eventually promote offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell to replace fired head coach Jay Gruden according to Mark Maske of the Washington Post.
The 34-year-old O’Connell’s playing career just ended in 2012, while he has been coaching since only 2015.

2019 is his first year as offensive coordinator after two seasons as the quarterbacks coach and the Redskins offense has not exactly been humming.

It would be a desperate promotion, to put it mildly. The Redskins let Sean McVay out from under their noses and will try to cut corners into finding another one. It would be a perfectly Washington outcome.

Fired Redskins Coach Jay Gruden Speaks Out: “I Didn’t Get it Done”

Fired Redskins coach Jay Gruden is not bitter after being fired this morning following an 0-5 start to the season, Les Carpenter of the Washington Post reports.

“I’m not bitter,” Gruden said. “This is a production-based business, and I didn’t get it done.”

But there was something that gnawed at the now former Redskins coach, something that had been implied an hour before when Bruce Allen, at a news conference, said, “Under Bill[Callahan’s] leadership and the programs he’s going to put in and the discipline and execution, we believe we’re giving it the best opportunity to beat the Miami Dolphins and for the rest of the year.”

To Gruden, the suggestion was that he didn’t work hard enough, that somehow his practices and preparation were a lark.

His voice grew annoyed.

“I want to make sure that everybody knows that I actually did work,” he said.

Most days he was the first coach in the building, he said, preferring to arrive early when he could get things done. He was never one to stay past midnight the way many coaches do, and his easygoing approach and reputation as a players’ coach occasionally invited criticism, but his life these past few years had been football, he said. The fact that he was no longer coaching the Redskins made him sad.

Redskins Fire Jay Gruden Following 0-5 Start to the 2019 Season

To the surprise of no one, the Redskins early Monday morning cut ties with head coach Jay Gruden, calling him in at 5AM to tell him he was being fired.

The firing comes a day after the team fell to 0-5 on the season after a 33-7 loss to the New England Patriots.

Team owner Daniel Snyder and team president Bruce Allen met with Gruden to deliver the news at Redskins Park.

“Through the first five games of the 2019 season, the team has clearly not performed up to expectations, and we all share in that responsibility,” the team said in a statement. “Moving forward we are committed to doing all that we can collectively as an organization to turn things around and give our Redskins fans and alumni a team they can be proud of in 2019 and beyond.”

Redskins assistant head coach/offensive line coach Bill Callahan will be the interim head coach, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Gruden had one more year remaining on his contract after this season because of a two-year extension he signed during the 2016 offseason. He is owed $5 million for 2020.

Redskins TE Vernon Davis in Concussion Protocol

Redskins tight end Vernon Davis entered the NFL’s concussion protocol program following Washington’s 24-3 loss at the New York Giants Sunday, Ben Standing of the Athletic reports.

It’s unclear when the injury occurred. Jordan Reed. the teams’ top tight end suffered his seventh reported concussionin the team’s third preseason game.