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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.

Matt Maiocco/Comcast

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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.

Michael Robinson/NFL.com

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A.J. Smith To Take Larger Role In Washington's Front Office

Jan 2, 2015 3:04 PM

A.J. Smith will be offered an enhanced position within the front office of Washington.

Smith currently is working as a senior executive for Washington.

Smith's name has popped up in a couple other jobs. According to multiple sources, Smith would have been Jon Gruden's general manager had he accepted owner Mark Davis' offer to be the Oakland Raiders' coach. Gruden turned down the Raiders last month and instead signed an extension with ESPN.

John Clayton/ESPN

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Jim Haslett, Washington Agree To Part Ways

Dec 31, 2014 10:57 AM

Washington and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett have mutually agreed to part ways.

Haslett finished his fifth season with Washington in 2014.

During his time, the Washington defense has finished a collective 29th in total yards and 30th in points per game. This season, the banged-up unit ranked 20th in total yards and 29th in points allowed.


Earlier this month, former Redskins linebacker London Fletcher, speaking on CBS' pregame show, called Haslett "clueless."

"[Haslett] would take the '85 Bears defense and turn them into a mediocre defense," Fletcher said. "He has no idea what he's doing. He's proven year in and year out that he's not a good defensive coordinator."

Fletcher also accused Haslett of potentially "backstabbing" Gruden.

John Keim/ESPN

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Jay Gruden 'Impressed' By Robert Griffin III's Performance

Dec 20, 2014 9:59 PM

Washington beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-24 with a perfromance from Robert Griffin III that left Jay Gruden "impressed."

Griffin finished the game 16-for-23 for 220 yards and one interception.

“I thought he did an outstanding job of managing the football game," said Gruden. "Not only in the passing game, but he did a lot at the line of scrimmage in the running game which is very, very important. So he did an excellent job. But just trying to get him comfortable, trying to get him the opportunity to make good, sound decisions like he did.

“It was great to see Robert compete and play. He went out there, players responded for him, and huge to get a win for him.

“(Keeping his eyes up, scanning the field) that’s what he’s been doing I think. We had a little more success, so it looked like you played better when you win the game. I think he did a great job today of, like I said handling the running game, and then when he was asked to go back to pass, read through progressions, I think he did a good job.”

Gruden had previously benched Griffin multiple times this season.

“I’m impressed with Robert. You have to be impressed with his performance. He made some big throws, stood in there and made a couple runs, and I just think he managed the game extremely well. Getting out of the huddle, no delay-of-game penalties. He competed, man, and that’s what you want to see a quarterback do: be a competer, be a leader. I told him before the game, ‘I don’t care if you go 14 for 100 or 10 for 10 or 1 for 1 man, as long as we get the W.’ And anytime we get a victory, the quarterback always gets a major, major thumbs up, so I’m happy for Robert.”

Chelsea James/Washington Post

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Robert Griffin III Staying As Silent As Possible Until Season Ends

Dec 17, 2014 12:59 PM

Robert Griffin III said he is staying off Twitter and Facebook until after the season. In fact, he hasn't tweeted or posted anything on Facebook since Thanksgiving. His last action on Twitter was to retweet a picture with a fan to help raise awareness for ALS.

He also went bland in news conferences -- his "focus on San Francisco" before facing the 49ers last month serving as a prime example.

"It just felt like, for me, anything I was saying, whether it was positive or negative, whether it was a positive retweet or anything, was getting twisted and turned against me and against this team," he said. "I feel I can be free up here and talk to you guys, but sometimes things get twisted and turned and it creates a distraction for the team. I didn't want that to happen."

John Kelm/ESPN

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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.


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

Robert Griffin III To Start In Week 9 Against Vikings
Robert Griffin III hasn't played since dislocating his left ankle in Week 2.


Griffin Practices Fully For First Time, Splits Reps With McCoy
Robert Griffin III practiced in full on Wednesday for the first time since he dislocated his ankle in Week 2.

Larry Hartstein/CBS Sports

Brian Orakpo Out For Season With Another Torn Pec
Brian Orakpo's tenure with Washington could be over.

John Keim/ESPN

Colt McCoy To Start For Washington If Griffin Can't Play
Colt McCoy hasn't started an NFL game since December 2011.