A morning roundup of what the local and national media have to say about the Washington Redskins on Thursday, January 16, 2013.
All reports, rumors and conjecture are a reflection of the media conversation and are not endorsed or confirmed by the Washington Redskins.
--Cincinnati Bengals linebackers coach Paul Guenther looks to become the new Bengals defensive coordinator now that Mike Zimmer has left for Minnesota. According to reports, Guenther was an option to come to Washington and join Jay Gruden as a linebackers coach.
--A look at newly appointed special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica. Kotwica will be entering his eighth NFL season after spending his first seven with the New York Jets.
--Brian Baker was named the new coach of the outside linebackers on Wednesday. Baker held the same position with the Cleveland Browns and looks to help improve linebackers and Brian Orakpo.
--Wide receiver Joshua Morgan explains what happened between himself and former coach Mike Shanahan. Morgan had fallen out of favor with Shanahan and when asked as to what happened Morgan said, "He knew, they knew I was not happy with a lot that was going on."
--Five interesting notes on new offensive coordinator Sean McVay including how his passion for coaching started in high school and his time coaching in the UFL with Jay Gruden.
--According to reports, Kirk Olivadotti will rejoin the Redskins coaching staff as a linebackers coach. Olivadotti left to coach at the University of Georgia in 2011 after spending 11 seasons as a Redskins assistant.
--What one reporter thinks running back Evan Royster needs to do to remain a factor for the Redskins moving forward into next season. Royster was a sixth-round pick in 2011 and saw limited playing time this season due to ankle injuries at the start and end of this season.
--Why the Redskins will most likely not make a big name wide receiver signing this offseason. Looking at the cap space and the wide receivers already under contract, the Redskins are reportedly spending over $12 million on five wide receivers combined.
--A look at offensive tackle who was selected in the sixth round in 2012. Compton has not seen much in game action and has seen the field for 10 snaps in 15 games.
--With newly appointed coach Ben Kowitca leading the special teams unit one writer wonders if the Redskins special teams unit will improve. While with the Jets last year, Kowitca's special teams unit did not return a kickoff or punt for a touchdown, the first time since 2001.
--What certain members of the Redskins coaching staff should be focused on according to one reporter. For head coach Jay Gruden it will be important to prove he is worthy of the job from day one as a first-time NFL head coach. --Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III spoke about his opportunity to play for Jay Gruden. Griffin said, "Excited man, can’t wait to get to work."
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