Richard Khamir Hurd, 26, pleaded guilty to one count of interstate communication of a threat related to extortion. He faces two to three years in prison when he’s sentenced Nov. 21.
The U.S. attorney’s office said Hurd, a former walk-on basketball player at the school where Griffin won the Heisman Trophy, contacted one of Griffin’s agents in June with a demand of $1 million in order not to release information that would damage the quarterback’s reputation.
Morris was fired in January after three seasons in Tampa, where he went 17-31. He led the Buccaneers to a 10-6 record in 2010, but that season was bookended by two woeful ones, including a 4-12 mark last season.
Morris was hired less than two weeks later by the Redskins and, in just nine months, he’s become one of the most popular coaches in Ashburn.
If you thought you were excited about Robert Griffin III, you’re starting to realize that was nothing compared to the way Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan felt about him. In Griffin, for whom he traded three first-round picks and a second-round pick, Shanahan saw a quarterback who opened up nearly limitless offensive possibilities. And in the first three games of the season, Shanahan has tried quite a number of those possibilities, with great success.
Griffin right now is the 16th-leading rusher in the NFL. His 209 yards on the ground put him ahead of star running backs such as Darren McFadden and Michael Turner, and 128 yards ahead of the next two quarterbacks on the list — Michael Vick and Cam Newton. Griffin is an excellent runner with speed and vision, and it would be unwise not to take advantage of his talents in this department.
Shanahan himself studied its validity throughout league history. To win at least eight games with a rookie quarterback, he must be paired with a running attack and/or defense that ranks among the league’s best. So Shanahan figured Griffin would benefit from a Redskins defense that made great strides in 2011, its second season in a 3-4 scheme. Through three games this season, however, the defense — specifically, the secondary — is not matching Griffin’s contribution to the formula. It ranks last in the NFL with 8.8 yards allowed per pass.