Williams never grew into the position that Rizzo gave him, and the Nationals’ next manager will need to learn from situations and adapt to his team in the ways Williams could not.
Williams was extremely well-respected as a coach when he was hired by the Nationals in October 2013, but the respect that he earned with the Diamondbacks did not follow him to Washington.
The Nationals’ manager was often unwilling to deviate from his meticulously laid plans, which was among the reasons why the team failed to reach its potential and he was fired after just two seasons.
The Redskins have demonstrated that by carving out larger roles for players such as Chris Baker, Jamison Crowder and Kyshoen Jarrett, they’ve become a hungrier and more productive team.
Roy, who was with the Capitals on a tryout, and Peters, the backup goaltender last season, were among final cuts as the team prepares its roster by the league-mandated Tuesday deadline.
The Redskins tight end sustained a concussion in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s win against the Eagles. It’s the fourth known concussion Reed has been diagnosed with since high school and his second in three seasons.
Williams guided the Nationals to the NL East title and a playoff appearance last year, earning NL Manager of the Year honors, but the team failed to live up to its lofty preseason aspirations.
Philbin was the first NFL coach fired this season when the Dolphins, who figured to content for a playoff spot, fell to 1-3 following a lackluster loss to the Jets on Sunday in London.
The return to respectability will be a long process in Washington, with inconsistency expected from time to time. Still, what Kirk Cousins and his teammates displayed on Sunday afternoon is a great source of optimism.
Plenty of questions about the Redskins were answered when Kirk Cousins engineered a late, go-ahead touchdown drive, but why they were facing a deficit after a 13-point halftime lead is still an issue.
Perhaps the Redskins’ most reliable receiver, Garcon’s four-yard touchdown catch with 26 seconds remaining helped give them a 23-20 victory over the Eagles on Sunday afternoon.
The Redskins hadn’t put much pressure on opposing quarterbacks over the first three weeks, but they dropped Bradford, the Eagles’ quarterback, five times in the 23-20 victory on Sunday.