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A.J. Smith Retires At 66

Mar 1, 2015 10:55 AM

A.J. Smith has retired after four decades in NFL front offices.

Smith was general manager of the San Diego Chargers between 2003 and 2012.

Smith was most recently a senior executive with Washington.

“We had a family discussion and an actual voting process. It was unanimous!” Smith wrote in an e-mail. “… We have experienced incredible highs and lows in our 38-year ride. At the age of 66, it's time for me to enjoy my family and friends more than ever before. I will now get going on my long-awaited bucket list.”

Kevin Acee/San Diego Union-Tribune

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Washington Confirms Robert Griffin III As 2015 Starting QB

Feb 18, 2015 1:11 PM

Robert Griffin III will be Washington's starting quarterback on opening day.

"It's up to us to make sure he plays better," said Jay Gruden while confirming Griffin's status.

Washington also started Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy at quarterback last season.

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Washington's Letter To Fans Omits Robert Griffin III As Core Player

Feb 5, 2015 1:35 PM

Washington sent a letter to season ticket-holders and listed key players of the francise while leaving out Robert Griffin III.

"The Washington (Football Team) thank(s) you for your continued loyalty and support. (Washington) fans are the best in the NFL and we greatly appreciate your dedication over the years.

"Head coach Jay Gruden, new general manager Scot McCloughan, and defensive doordinator Joe Barry will lead a nucleus of Ryan Kerrigan, DeSean Jackson, plus Pro Bowlers Trent Williams and Alfred Morris. The (team is) poised to rebound next season!"

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

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Seahawks Have Best Super Bowl 50 Odds

Feb 2, 2015 4:16 PM

The Seattle Seahawks are 5-1 favorites to win Super Bowl 50 next season.

Here are the Super Bowl 50 odds for all 32 teams:

Seahawks: 5-1
Patriots: 6-1
Packers: 6-1
Cowboys: 10-1
Colts: 12-1
Broncos: 12-1
49ers: 18-1
Eagles: 20-1
Steelers: 20-1
Lions: 22-1
Bengals: 25-1
Saints: 25-1
Cardinals: 30-1
Chiefs: 30-1
Ravens: 30-1
Chargers: 40-1
Giants: 40-1
Panthers: 40-1
Bears: 50-1
Dolphins: 50-1
Falcons: 50-1
Texans: 50-1
Bills: 60-1
Rams: 60-1
Vikings: 60-1
Browns: 75-1
Jets: 100-1
Raiders: 100-1
Washington: 100-1
Buccaneers: 150-1
Jaguars: 150-1
Titans: 250-1

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Vic Fangio Agrees To Join Bears As Defensive Coordinator

Jan 20, 2015 10:56 AM

Vic Fangio has joined the Chicago Bears as defensive coordinator.

Fangio spent the past four seasons as defensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers.

Fangio runs a 3-4 defense, which aligns with the defensive philosophy of John Fox.

Washington was also interested in agreeing to terms with Fangio.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

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Bill Callahan Hired By Washington As Offensive Line Coach

Jan 15, 2015 2:52 PM

Bill Callahan has agreed to join Washington as offensive line coach.

Callahan had offers from teams as both an offensive coordinator and offensive line coach before deciding to join Jay Gruden.

Callahan was part of Jon Gruden's staff with the Oakland Raiders and became the head coach when Gruden was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Ed Werder/ESPN

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Vic Fangio Released From Contract By 49ers

Jan 15, 2015 1:27 PM

The San Francisco 49ers have released Vic Fangio from his contract as defensive coordinator.

Fangio wanted to become head coach of the 49ers and was only prepared to stay with the franchise if they hired Mike Shanahan.

Fangio figures to be a candidate for Washington's defensive coordinator position.

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McCloughan: Washington Has Strong Talent Base Already

Jan 9, 2015 1:30 PM

Scot McCloughan believes he's working with a better base of talent with Washington than he inherited with the San Francisco 49ers.

The 49ers didn’t go to the playoffs while McCloughan was G.M. there, but he acquired 13 of the 22 starters when they made the NFC Championship Game.

During his five years in charge of the 49ers, he acquired players such as Frank Gore, Vernon Davis, Patrick Willis, Joe Staley, Justin Smith, Ahmad Brooks and Dashon Goldson.

“Coming in here, this roster from what I know about right now, is much more improved than the 49ers,” McCloughan said, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. “Also, we went through five coordinators in five years on the offensive side with a young quarterback. Things weren’t meshing.

“But you could see each year we were adding good football players. And you could see in the offseason how hard they worked, and how important it was to them to be a family and grow together. Then, all of a sudden, they hit the peak. Coach [Jim] Harbaugh came in there and they took off.”

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

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Giants Request Permission To Interview Raheem Morris

Jan 8, 2015 1:47 PM

The New York Giants have requested Washington permission for an interview with Raheem Morris for their defensive coordinator position.

Morris just completed his third season with Washington as defensive backs coach.

Morris came to Washington following his firing as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Mike Jones/Washington Post

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Scot McCloughan Hired As GM Of Washington

Jan 6, 2015 2:12 PM

Scot McCloughan has been hired as general manager of Washington on a four-year deal.

McCloughan was formerly GM of the San Francisco 49ers until 2010.

McCloughan has since been consulting for various teams, including Washington.

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A.J. Smith To Take Larger Role In Washington's Front Office
A.J. Smith currently is working as a senior executive for Washington.

John Clayton/ESPN

Jim Haslett, Washington Agree To Part Ways
The Washington defense has finished a collective 29th in total yards and 30th in points per game during Jim Haslett's tenure.

John Keim/ESPN

Jay Gruden 'Impressed' By Robert Griffin III's Performance
Robert Griffin finished the game 16-for-23 for 220 yards and one interception.

Chelsea James/Washington Post

Robert Griffin III Staying As Silent As Possible Until Season Ends
Robert Griffin III said he is staying off Twitter and Facebook until after the season.

John Kelm/ESPN

Robert Griffin III To Start Week 16
Washington is Robert Griffin III's team again, according to Jay Gruden.

Dianna Marie Russini/NBC Washington

Bashaud Breeland, Andre Roberts Exchange Punches At Practice
Bashaud Breeland and Andre Roberts exchanged punches during Washington's practice on Wednesday.

John Keim/ESPN

Source: Michigan Reaches Out To Jay Gruden's Reps
Jay Gruden's representatives were "enthusiastically open to the potential" of the Michigan job, according to a source that spoke with RealGM's Jeff Risdon.

Jeff Risdon/RealGM

Rams Send Players Acquired For RG3 For Coin Toss
Stedman Bailey, Janoris Jenkins, Michael Brockers, Zac Stacy, Greg Robinson and Alec Ogletree represented the Rams as coin toss captains in their game against Washington.

Nick Wagoner/ESPN

Washington Unlikely To Get More Than Mid-Round Pick For Robert Griffin
Washington is unlikely to get as much for Robert Griffin III as the 49ers did from the Chiefs for Alex Smith.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Washington To Start Colt McCoy In Week 13
Robert Griffin III still appears to be a significant part of Washington's long-term plan.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Every NFC Rival Tried To Hire Oregon DC After Chip Kelly Went To Eagle
Nick Aliotti was coordinator at Oregon from 1999 until 2013 when he retired.

Conor Orr/NFL.com

Gruden Prepared To Bench Griffin If He Struggles In Week 12
Jay Gruden reportedly is interested in putting Colt McCoy back in at quarterback for Robert Griffin III.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Gruden: Clock's Ticking For Robert Griffin III
Robert Griffin III has been put on notice by Jay Gruden that he needs to play better now that he's in the second half of his third NFL season.

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Jay Gruden Apologizes For Calling Out Robert Griffin III
Jay Gruden said on Monday after Washington's latest loss that Robert Griffin III "needs to worry about himself and not everybody else."

Ryan Wilson/CBS Sports

Griffin: Washington Players Getting Closer As A Family
Robert Griffin III said his popularity with teammates isn't a chief concern as Washington tries to make a push toward the playoffs.

Mike Jones/Washington Post

ESPN Stands By Reporting On Griffin
Jay Gruden accused ESPN of “amateurish” reporting for indicating that Robert Griffin III has "alienated himself" from his Washington teammates.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Owner, GM Wanted RGIII Start As He Alienates Himself From Teammates
Robert Griffin III's support with players is not as strong as it is with the highest levels of the organization, according to sources.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Washington Buses Crash Into Each Other En Route To Stadium
Two of the Washington buses carrying players, coaches and team officials crashed into each other on their way to TCF Bank Stadium.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Griffin Won't Try To Be Normal QB Returning From Injury
Robert Griffin III is coming back from a non-contact ankle injury.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

DeAngelo Hall Tears Achilles Again
DeAngelo Hall still is likely to be ready for next summer's training camp.

Adam Schefter/ESPN