McVay has been appreciative of the opportunity, and freedom, that Gruden gave him. And even if the Redskins had wanted McVay to take over, getting his first head-coaching job in that kind of manner would have made any coach wonder about his job security.
This marks the first change to the Redskins offensive coaching staff. There have been other changes to the staff, but on the defensive side. The team also had a change at special teams coordinator.
Smith said he pays a lot of attention to the FCS and smaller division players in Mobile to see how they compete against Power 5 school players. It’s an opportunity to judge their talent, but also their mentality.
While no player drafted by the Redskins at No. 15 provided a significant impact, there’s one player that was drafted at No. 15 that impacted the Redskins franchise for years. That would be defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who the Tennessee Titans drafted at No. 15 in 2002. Haynesworth signed a seven-year, $100 million contract with the Redskins in 2009 with $41 million guaranteed. We all know how this story ended, as Haynesworth only appeared in 20 games for the Redskins, totaling just 6.5 sacks over the two-year span.
McLaurin arguably had the best all-around practice of the three receivers. He has really good deep speed, and I really liked how he adjusted to the ball on a couple of throws.
It was an awesome experience just going up against teams like that it’s a whole different feel. The game is played faster. I think I get more excited, more pumped up to play in games like that. … I think I still have a chip on my shoulder because being from a small school we still get beat – it’s not like we were winning a lot. I think that was one of my biggest regrets at UMass, that I couldn’t get the team to come together and win. But I love the feel of playing in a big game.