Jack Del Rio wears a maroon collared shirt and sits in a room of his home. Shelves line the walls behind him carrying books and picture frames. For many of the Washington Redskins players, Del Rio only exists through their computer screens. Because there have been no OTA’s or in-person meetings between the players and coaches, the Redskins defense knows about as little as the rest of us when it comes to Del Rio’s on-field energy and practice style.
The unknowns do not stop at Del Rio as there are many fresh faces in Washington. In addition to new head coach Ron Rivera, Scott Turner replaced Kevin O’Connell as the team’s new offensive coordinator and Del Rio replaced defensive coordinator Greg Manusky. One of the few coaches who retained his position was special teams coordinator Nate Kaczor. Together, this coaching staff is focused on improving upon last season’s abysmal 3-13 record and rebuilding a winning culture in Washington.
Implementing new schemes is difficult and doing so virtually through Zoom meetings creates an additional challenge. Each coordinator spoke to the media this past week about how they are adjusting to the current circumstances.
The Redskins’ signing of quarterback Kyle Allen during the offseason sent a signal to any doubters that the quarterback job was Dwayne Haskins’ to lose. Now, the second-year QB has been tasked with taking the momentum he began to create at the end of the 2019 season and channeling it into learning a new offense.