December 2009 - Washington Redskins Wiretap
Redskins Comply With Rooney Rule
The Redskins are putting the wheels in motion to replace head coach Jim Zorn. Washington has already complied with the NFL's Rooney Rule, which requires that team's interview minority candidates for head coaching and senior front-office positions. John Wooten, president of the group charged with monitoring diversity hiring in the league, told the Washington Post that the Redskins have complied. Wooten said Monday that Redskins secondary coach Jerry Gray told him that he has already interviewed for Zorn's job.
Haynesworth Urged Teammates To Show Late
Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth urged his teammates to come to practice late on Friday, according to numerous sources. Haynesworth was sent home from practice Friday after he arrived at the facility more than an hour late.
Brennan Glad Season Is Ending
Redskins quarterback Colt Brennan is glad that the season is drawing to a close. "It has definitely been a real test," said Brennan. "I'm so glad that I'm a couple weeks from totally closing that chapter and moving on to something totally awesome." He has missed the whole season on injured reserve following hip surgery in September.
Haynesworth Sounds Off On Blanche, Defense
After being sent home from practice on Friday, Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth sounded off on the team's defense and coordinator Greg Blache. Haynesworth said he could not "survive another season in this system if it stays the way it is" in an interview with the Washington Post. "If they keep this system the way it is, then they would label Albert Haynesworth a bust who didn't live up to the contract," Haynesworth said. "Everybody would say he just took the money and ran off. And I'm still playing as hard as I possibly can. But you can only do so much within the system that's put around you. And I'm not talking about the players. The players have been great. I couldn't ask for any better guys. I'm talking about the system. And [the coaches] can say whatever they want about that [the reason he was sent home Friday]. The main thing it's coming from is what I said after the game about leadership and about the team."
Redskins Send Haynesworth Home
The Redskins sent defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth home from practice on Friday. Washington coach Jim Zorn told reporters that he sent Haynesworth home for disciplinary reasons. Haynesworth will play against the Cowboys on Sunday, but Zorn said that he may not start.
Shanahan 'Extremely Interested' In Coaching Bears
A source told ESPN.com that Mike Shanahan would be "extremely interested" in coaching the Bears if the job became available. Shanahan is a native of Chicago and the Bears have yet to give coach Lovie Smith a vote of confidence in the wake of their disappointing season. "The job is really attractive to Mike," a friend of Shanahan said. "It's home [with relatives of his, including his dad, in the Chicago area, and wife Peggy's family still in the Bloomington area]. It's a great challenge because that roster needs to be made over, and the one guy there to build the team around is the one guy he has already built a team around and with whom he has a tremendous comfort level, Jay Cutler." Shanahan has been linked to the Redskins as well.
Jacobs, Haynesworth Fined For Fight
Giants running back Brandon Jacobs and Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth were fined for their altercation in the fourth quarter of the Giants' 45-12 win over Washington on Monday night. Jacobs was fined $7,500 and Haynesworth $10,000. Jacobs' fine was for unnecessary roughness, Haynesworth's for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Portis Endorses Shanahan As Coaching Candidate
Redskins running back Clinton Portis has endorsed Mike Shanahan as a potential replacement for coach Jim Zorn. Portis said Wednesday that "if they have a change, then of course they would get the thumbs-up vote for me for Coach Shanahan." "If Coach Zorn is done, I would think that's a great direction to go in, if you can get Coach Shanahan," Portis said during his weekly appearance on "The John Thompson Show" on ESPN 980. "But I don't know if Coach Zorn will be gone." Portis hasn't played since suffering a concussion Nov. 8 and was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list on Dec. 8. He played under Shanahan in Denver.
Gruden Flatly Says He's Not A Candidate For Redskins
Jon Gruden removed himself from consideration for the Washington Redskins' head coaching position next season, saying simply, "No, I'm not coaching." "I'm going to stay with the team I'm on," Gruden said on ESPN's pregame coverage of Monday night's game between the Redskins and New York Giants. "The only team I'm going to coach is my 13-year-old son's flag football team. I'm excited about it, so get ready, guys."
Shanahan's Son Could Ditch Texans To Join Him In D.C.
Texans offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan could join his father, Mike Shanahan, in Washington. Mike Shanahan hasn't been hired officially by the Redskins, but he's reportedly in line to take over if Jim Zorn is fired. Whether his son wants to join him remains to be seen. ?We all know that's part of football and as far as Kyle or any coach I have, I want what's best for them,? coach Gary Kubiak said. ?I think we've all known that if Mike gets back in the business, which it looks like he will, that his son coaching for him someday is very important to him. ?You can't help but hear this and that, but we don't talk about it. He's doing a tremendous job. He's done a great job with Matt (Schaub).?
Redskins Remove 25 Million Pounds Of Snow
The Redskins are trying to get FedEx Field ready for Monday's game.
Shanahan Moving Closer To Deal With Redskins
Mike Shanahan has been in discussions to become the Washington Redskins' next head coach.
Cerrato Resigns, Redskins Hire Bruce Allen
Vinny Cerrato is finally out in Washington.
NFL Clears Redskins In Haynesworth Tampering Probe
The league says it conducted "an extensive review" of the Albert Haynesworth case.
Santana Moss: Portis Will Be Back In 2010
Santana Moss says Clinton Portis will be back and better than ever.
Portis Hints At Retirement Due To Concussion
Clinton Portis may have logged his last carry.
Saints To Be Without Four Defenders
The Saints will be shorthanded on Sunday against the Redskins.