September 4, 2012: Comcast SportsNet Kicks Off 2012 NFL Regular Season Coverage

September 4, 2012: Comcast SportsNet Kicks Off 2012 NFL Regular Season Coverage

REDSKINS, RAVENS PREGAMEAND POSTGAME SHOWS, LIVE HEAD COACH NEWS CONFERENCES AND DAILY TEAM PROGRAMS RETURNFOR 2012 NFL SEASONEXTENSIVE ONLINECOVERAGE CONTINUES AT CSNWASHINGTON.COM, CSNBALTIMORE.COMBethesda, Md. (Sept. 4, 2012) ComcastSportsNet Mid-Atlantic kicks off its comprehensive multiplatform coverage ofthe 2012 Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens NFL regular seasons thisweek, highlighted by the return of its marquee pregame and postgame shows, livehead coach news conference coverage and daily team programs. The network willalso deliver expanded team content across its digital platforms, led by CSNwashington.comand CSNbaltimore.com.ComcastSportsNets award-winning Redskins pregame show, Redskins Kickoff, will make its regular season debut prior to the teamsopener at New Orleans on Sunday, Sept. 9, beginning at 12 p.m. Redskins Postgame Live, the one-hourpostgame show, will air immediately following the game. Hosted by ChickHernandez, the game-day shows feature analysts Brian Mitchell and TrevorMatich, reporting from Rob Carlin and special appearances throughout the seasonby Charley Casserly, Kevin Blackistone and Rick Doc Walker. These programswill air before and after each Redskins game.Ravens Kickoff, which willmake its season debut on Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. leading into the teams primetime gameagainst Cincinnati,will air for an hour prior to select games this season. Ravens Postgame Live will begin immediately after Monday nightsmatch-up and will follow all regular-season games for an hour. Hosted by ChrisMiller, the exclusive Ravens game-day shows will feature reporter Brent Harrisand analysts Brad Jackson, Antonio Freeman and Matt Stover. ComcastSportsNet will again deliver live coverage of the Ravens and Redskins weeklyhead coach news conferences as part of special half-hour shows. SportsNet Central: Mike Shanahan Live, which will beled by Carlin and Mitchell, will air live at 3 p.m. the day after each gamethroughout the season, immediately followed by an encore at 3:30 p.m.,beginning Sept. 10. SportsNet Central:John Harbaugh Live will feature Miller and Jackson and will debut Tuesday,Sept. 4. The Ravens shows will air at 4 p.m. the day following each game, witha 4:30 p.m. encore throughout the season.Redskins Nation, hosted by Larry Michael, airsweekdays at 5:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. in the Washingtonmarket (5:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. in the Baltimoremarket.) The Ravens full lineup of showsair weekdays beginning Sept. 4 and includes 1 Winning Drive(Monday), Ravens One on One(Tuesday), Ravens GamePlan(Wednesday), Ravens Report (Thursday)and Purple Passion (Friday). TheRavens programs will air at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. in the Baltimoremarket (5 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. in the Washingtonmarket) on their respective days, except for Ravens One on One, which only airs at the later times. Extensive NFL coverage will also befeatured throughout the season on SportsTalkLive, which airs weekdays live at 10:30 p.m. with an encore at 12:30 a.m., andGeico SportsNet Central, which now airslive daily at 6 p.m., 10 p.m., 12 a.m. and 1 a.m. Additionally, the networkwill deliver exclusive interviews with Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan andRavens head coach John Harbaugh within its news and entertainment programs the dayfollowing each game and Fridays throughout the season.Comcast SportsNet will also provide expanded daily coverageof the Redskins and Ravens across its digital media platforms this season. Ledby Redskins Insider Tarik El-Bashir, Redskins BloggerRich Tandler and Ravens Insider J. Michael, CSNwashington.com andCSNbaltimore.com will deliver complete written, video and interactive teamcontent all season.

Quick Links

Need to Know: Redskins stay in house for both coordinator jobs

Need to Know: Redskins stay in house for both coordinator jobs

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, January 23, 37 days before the NFL franchise tag deadline.

Timeline

Days until:

NFL free agency starts 45
—NFL Draft 94
First Sunday of 2017 season 230

Staying in house

­There are reasons to dislike the hire of Greg Manusky as defensive coordinator but the notion that he got the job because he is buddies with Jay Gruden really doesn’t hold water. They had no connection prior to last year and with them working on opposite sides of the ball they didn’t work side by side. I’ve heard the two have a friendly relationship but it’s not like he’s out of the Tampa Bay Yacht Club or anything.

I know that everyone is obsessed with yardage rankings, which is a pretty weak indicator of the quality of a defense. Since you want to know, in Manusky’s nine seasons as a defensive coordinator his defenses have finished ranked 18th in yards allowed on average. In reality, Football Outsiders’  DVOA is a more accurate measure of the effectiveness of a defense since it takes the strength of the opponents into account. There isn’t much difference there, Manusky’s average DVOA ranking was about 17. In other words, he’s run middle of the pack defenses. Sure, you'd like them to do better but having a defense that's around average would represent an improvement over most of the last seven seasons.

How has his talent been? Three different players have been first-team All-Pro selections. LB Patrick Willis made it three times, S Eric Weddle and DE Robert Mathias once each. Players under him made the Pro Bowl 13 times with Willis (3), Mathis (2), and DE Justin Smith (2) making it more than once. His defenses had three Pro Bowlers on one occasion when LB D’Qwell Jackson, CB Vonta Davia, and S Mike Adams all made it. That year the Colts defense was ranked 11th in yards and 13th in DVOA.

It remains to be seen how much the Redskins will change schematically. Manusky has run both 4-3 fronts and 3-4’s so the Redskins could make a switch. Even if they go with a 3-4 base the unit is likely to be more aggressive than it was under Joe Barry. Some fans seem to be worried that promoting an assistant coach means that thinks will be done the same. Let me ask you this: If your boss was fired for not getting the job done and you were promoted into his position, would you do things the same way he did? I didn’t think so.

­There will be continuity on the offensive side of the ball as Matt Cavanaugh is going to get moved into the offensive coordinator job. It’s Gruden’s offense anyway so there would not have been much change even if they had brought someone in from the outside. It seems likely that Gruden will call the plays, although we won’t know for sure for a while. The only immediate question on that side of the ball is if Wes Phillips will stay on as the tight ends coach or if he will follow Sean McVay to Los Angeles. That should be resolved over the next several days.

Tandler on Twitter

This was in response to a tweet saying that Kyle Shanahan is likely to get roster and personnel control when he becomes the head coac of the 49ers.

In case you missed it

Stay up to date on the Redskins! Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page www.Facebook.com/RealRedskins and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

Virginia Tech deals Clemson its 6th consecutive ACC loss

Virginia Tech deals Clemson its 6th consecutive ACC loss

CLEMSON, S.C. — Seth Allen scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half as hot-shooting Virginia Tech held off Clemson 82-81 on Sunday, sending the Tigers to their sixth straight Atlantic Coast Conference loss.

The Hokies (15-4, 4-3 ACC) shot 60.9 percent (14 of 23) in the second half and 54.7 percent overall to win for the third time in the past four games. Allen made five of his six shots — including three 3-pointers — in the final 20 minutes and had a critical steal with 90 seconds left to keep Virginia Tech out front.

The Tigers (11-8, 1-6) appeared to take the lead down 70-69 as Jaron Blossomgame's shot with 3:48 left was rolling around and ready to fall in when teammate Sidy Djitte, attempting a tip in, knocked it away.

Chris Clarke soon followed with a three-point play and Allen hit a crushing 3-pointer with 29 seconds left to seal things for the Hokies.

Clemson got within 80-78 with 5.9 seconds left on Blossomgame's 3-pointer. But Justin Bibbs hit two foul shots to seal things.

Blossomgame and Avry Holmes had 20 points each for Clemson, whose ACC losing streak is its longest since dropping seven straight to end the 2012-13 season.

Holmes hit a 3-pointer for Clemson as time ran out to end the scoring.

Zach LeDay had 16 points and Ahmed Hill had 11 for the Hokies.

MORE NCAA: Georgetown is back on a losing streak