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Washington Redskins training camp dates revealed

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Training camp dates have officially been revealed for all 32 NFL teams, including the Washington Redskins.
The Washington Redskins recently concluded what seemed to be a successful phase one of offseason workouts. Rookies were quickly imbued into the scheme in rookie minicamp, the newer components of the team meshed well in organized team activities, and mandatory minicamp capped off the sequence well.

For now, the players will rest. They’ve earned it. And they need to use that rest as best as they can. Because in just a little more than a month, they’ll be back on the practice field. And the 2018 NFL regular season will be one month closer.
The Washington Redskins’ training camp will begin on July 25. Both rookies and veterans will be obligated to show up on the same day. The dates vary across the league, but most teams are expected to be fully immersed in training camp activities by July 25. All NFC East teams have the same dates, except for the New York Giants. Their rookies will be expected to report on July 22, while the rest of the team will join them on July 25.
The long break will benefit the Washington Redskins, who are still in the process of recovering from injuries sustained last season. Key offensive starters such as Chris Thompson, Jordan Reed, Trent Williams, and Morgan Moses all spent phase one of offseason workouts recovering from injuries, and many more players came out of last season seriously banged up.

With this long break, players will be given another opportunity to freshen up, and when the starting date for training camp comes around, they will be able to devote one hundred percent of their effort to improving with their team mates. They’ll be practicing with the New York Jets in training camp. That competition should fuel quicker progression and team building ahead of the season.

In a sense, the later date for the Washington Redskins could be a detriment, as other teams will have a head start. But all reports suggest that the Washington Redskins made great progress in organized team activities. Alex Smith already has the offensive scheme under his belt. The rookies have progressed well, and players like Derrius Guice and Trey Quinn (!!!) are naturally attracting hype.

Why this will be Bruce Allen’s last year with the Washington Redskins

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Eventually, all good things must come to an end. Unfortunately for the Washington Redskins, Bruce Allen was never a good thing and his time needs to come to an end.
Bruce Allen joined the Redskins at the end of 2009 as the Executive Vice President/General Manager. In May 2014, Allen was announced the team’s President. Since this time Allen has help produced a record of 52-75-1 and a winning percentage of .410. Those are not exactly the type of numbers you’re looking for in a leader. The Redskins haven’t been a winning organization for quite some time under his guidance and decision making.

Allen’s time in the front office has been disappointing and unacceptable. There have been multiple moves that have left the team, fans, and media scratching their heads. Dan Synder seems like he’s finally reach his limit with Allen and it’s about time. The constant embarrassment and horrible leadership has finally got the owner’s attention.

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact reason Synder finally has voiced his frustrations. Perhaps it’s the mishandling of the whole Scot McCloughan situation, bypassing some better coaching options in years past, ruining the relationship with Kirk Cousins, or taking the Alex Smith trade into his own hands and not involving the Senior VP of Player Personnel, Williams. Take your pick. Allen’s at fault for all of them.
Honestly, I believed that that a changing of the guard was near when Doug Williams was named Senior VP of Player Personnel. But, when no GM was named and the position was going to be distributed among Williams, Allen, and some other front office staff, I knew that this was just another way for Allen appease his constant thirst for power.
Not only was this an ill-advised move, it showed that the organization was in complete disarray. Teams have GMs for a reason. It works. To not understand something as simple as this showed the Redskins have been spearheaded by a thoughtless individual.

Let’s not forget about the most recent USA Today Sports NFL Agent Poll, which ranked Allen the lowest NFL executive to be trusted. To me, this was the worst thing to surface. This should have been the nail in the coffin and Synder’s breaking point. It’s impossible to attract  free agents or show current personal that this is solid organization if key decision makers can’t be trusted.

On May 16, Brian Lafemina was announced as the teams President of Business Operations and Chief Operating officer. In this new role, Lafemina will oversee business operations and report directly to Synder. He’s one of most highly regarded NFL executives in the business. This move wouldn’t be made unless Allen was on his way out.
Eric Schaffer, who is the Senior Vice President of Football Operations/General Counsel, seems to be the favorite to be promoted to GM. He works closely with Williams, Allen, and Gruden along with the teams personnel staff to help shape the Redskins roster and has been one of the key individuals in negotiating contracts for Alex Smith, Paul Richardson, Orlando Scandrick, and Zach Brown. This move would be fantastic for the Redskins, especially since Shaffer has been with the team going on 16 years now.

Rumor has it that if Allen does lose his position, he would be reassigned to stadium development, which would be a terrible move for the Redskins. Look, if you’re going to get rid of him, be done with him altogether. I understand that Allen has done a lot for the community and the city, but don’t give him a position just because it’s owed to him.

Throughout the years, every decision made by Allen only made matters worse. If the Redskins are smart, regardless the outcome of their schedule, good or bad, they will fire Allen. Washington has to much talent to keep wasting under horrible management. It’s time to stop being stagnant and mediocre and move on from Allen’s reign. He’s done nothing but damage the image of Snyder and the Redskins organization as a whole.

Redskins coaches take advantage of Alex Smith’s vast experience

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Much has been made of Alex Smith’s experience and the battle scars he brings to the Washington Redskins. He’s earned three Pro Bowl selections in 13 seasons and was a member of a Super Bowl team with the 49ers, where he worked under three coaches and six coordinators. Smith learned from three more offensive coordinators, including current Eagles Coach Doug Pederson, in five years with the Chiefs. Two highly rated offensive minds, Jim Harbaugh and Andy Reid, both groomed Smith.

The 49ers were putrid when Smith arrived, hence the organization having the No. 1 pick to select the quarterback, but they grew into a NFC champion. The Chiefs went to the playoffs in four of five seasons with Smith at the helm.

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Redskins passing game coordinator Kevin O’Connell said Smith’s presence has altered how the offensive coaching staff operates.

“When I was in Cleveland I coached Josh McCown and the one thing I learned real quick was you’re wasting a lot of knowledge if you don’t rely on those guys,” O’Connell said. “And Alex has reps in a lot of different systems. … There’s a lot of times we call a play, we execute it, we go in and watch the tape and he can call back to a play they either had in Kansas City or San Francisco and say, ‘Hey, we might’ve read it like this or this is how we attacked this coverage.’ ”

The feedback has led to a number of small tweaks and changes by the Redskins to better tailor the offense to fit their new quarterback.

“Maybe it’s a little tweak here and there that people may not notice, but from our standpoint in the system, it’s a big deal to get it implemented,” O’Connell said. “But we’re doing that to make him as comfortable as we possibly can.

“Then there’s other times where you say, ‘No, we’ve really done it like this and here’s why.’ I think that’s the key word, ‘why.’ Why are we doing the things we’re doing offensively? If there’s a better way to do it that he’s done somewhere else, we’ll incorporate that. But if we feel strongly about how we’ve done it here or how Jay’s done it, even going back to his time in Cincinnati or Tampa, we’re always trying to incorporate things to make what is a really good offensive system even better.”
O’Connell was promoted during the offseason from quarterbacks coach to passing game coordinator and now has more input on the entire offense. The transition in 2018 will be significant with new playmakers at quarterback, wide receiver and running back.
The Redskins ranked 16th in points (21.4) and total offense  (324.9 yards per game) in 2017. The pass game ranked 12th (234.4 yards) while the run game was 28th (90.5).

“The influence [has changed] on what this year’s version of the Redskins are going to be with a new quarterback, with some new personnel, a guy like Paul Richardson, Derrius Guice,” O’Connell said. “Obviously, from a standpoint of incorporating Jordan [Reed] back in, hopefully, full time and Chris Thompson coming back. We’re trying to put together a system that maximizes everybody’s skill sets.

“Obviously, Jay has had a ton of success calling plays in this league. But to not only learn from him, but for him to ask what do you like here or how would you guys have done [it] there at other stops as a player or coach? It’s a constant round table of information to lead to putting these guys in the best possible situation. You only get so many shots at it. Once you establish a system, these guys learn it and you like to make things concrete so they can move forward with set rules and examples of how we want them to operate.”

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