The sentiment from Jackson is nice, but money talks in free agency. Jackson didn’t exactly quash speculation about returning to the Philadelphia Eagles during the season — the team that cut him three years ago.
There also have been rumors that the Redskins don’t value Jackson as highly as he might value himself. Mike Jones of the Washington Post reported Thursday that Jackson is “too inconsistent for management’s taste.”
That said, they do get people talking, and I suppose the shadowy league figures on Park Avenue take solace in that, even if many of the reviews have been less than flattering.
The Washington Redskins — no stranger to uniform controversy — don’t care. Tucked into a large group of potential rule change proposals released by the league on Thursday is a proposal by the ‘Skins to opt out of Color Rush forever. Forget that the team has never had to actually play in a game wearing Color Rush threads (at least not yet). Their one-word explanation for the rule change is a perfect example how sometimes one thousands words are unnecessary when one can just as effectively drop the hammer.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo first reported Sunday that Manusky would be elevated to the post. Rob Ryan and Mike Pettine also got looks for the job, among others. Manusky, a 12-year NFL veteran, was the defensive coordinator in San Francisco, San Diego and Indianapolis before coming back to Washington in 2016 as their outside linebackers coach.
The team also formalized the promotion of offensive coordinator (and former quarterbacks coach) Matt Cavanaugh on Monday. Former Browns quarterbacks coach and 49ers offensive assistant Kevin O’Connell was hired to become Washington’s quarterbacks coach.
Scot McCloughan was fired by the Washington Redskins in March, a move that ended a brief run with the team that began with optimism and ended under a cloud of rumors and suspicion.
McCloughan is no longer tied to the ‘Skins, so why not do something with what we presume is a sizable amount of team merch? McCloughan’s visual trademark with Washington was a camouflage Redskins cap, and that’s one of the items he’s now put up for auction on eBay.
Slants founder Simon Tam tried to trademark the band name in 2011, but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied the request on the ground that it disparages Asians. A federal appeals court in Washington later said the law barring offensive trademarks is unconstitutional.
The Redskins made similar arguments after the trademark office ruled in 2014 that the name offends American Indians and canceled the team’s trademark. A federal appeals court in Richmond put the team’s case on hold while waiting for the Supreme Court to rule in the Slants case.
Allen danced around the question of whether the team would hire an actual GM or simply add to the player personnel and scouting staff.
“From the beginning, you know, I’m real proud of what the guys did this year in free agency and in this draft,” Allen said. “As I’ve said, we have a lot of quality people who performed well under some tough situations this year. This draft class, the excitement it’s brought to our locker room, it’s exciting, so we’re looking to add to [the front office], we’ll see who that is.”