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Did London Fletcher compare RG3 to...


Did London Fletcher compare RG3 to...

Robert Griffin III may be the face of the Redskins, but London Fletcher is and remains the backbone of the team.

Washington linebacker, Ryan Kerrigan, recently said of Fletcher, 'He teaches you how to be a man.' As the player in charge of delivering words of motivation to his team, it's safe to say the NFL vet's words are valued amongst his peers.

At the start of training camp, Fletcher spoke to the media. The inside linebacker has seen a lot of quarterbacks in his fifteen years in the NFL, and when discussing RGIII, he was compelled to mention Michael Vick's name twice.

First when discussing why Griffin will be difficult to defend:

When you have a quarterback who can make plays off-schedule, when it doesnt go exactly as it was designed to go, a quarterback who can buy time, has a threat to run the football, make plays outside the pocket, defensively, youre kind of always on your heels because you dont know if hes going to run the ball. Is he going to keep it or throw it? You see stuff like that, especially with guys like Michael Vick now, the quarterback with Philadelphia, outside the pocket. You dont know if hes going to run the football or continue to look down field and sometimes throw the ball as well. With Robert, hell be able to do a lot of those things as well.

And then how Griffin will be in the heads of opposing defenses (yes, just like in the commercial):

I just think about Michael Vick when he was in Atlanta, and I was playing against him in St. Louis, and the type of speed and athleticism that the guy brought to the position and obviously his ability to throw the football. Those things you cant really prepare for until you get out and face it, until you realize exactly the talent that this guy has.

Vick recently endorsed the comparisons, saying, "I think guys like RG3 idolized me as they grew up playing football. I think Cam and Robert Griffin III both were inspired by me and my play. And that's me being a trend setter, game transcending, and guys wanting to emulate one another. ... And I think that's what it's all about. I wanted to emulate Steve Young and be just like him, and Charlie Ward, and Randall Cunningham, guys who played before me."

As for RGIII? Griffin was humbled to hear Vick speak at the Rookie Symposium in June and noted one of the reasons why he looks up to Vick isbecause of the way he has turned things around in Philadelphia. Something RG3 will be called upon to do in Washington.

However, Robert isn't making any comparisons in terms of ability between himself and the signal caller of a divisional foe.

But when asked at the start of training camp about which part of his game will translate well, Griffin said his ability to lead and also mentioned the quarterback the Redskins will face in Griffin's first game of his NFL career.

Dont let anybody tell you that youre game doesnt translate. They might have told New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles that, and look what hes doing now. The same goes for Saints quarterback Drew Brees. I just try to make sure I dont listen to too much and hear people say, His game doesnt translate. I just go out and play and show people not show them up just show them it doesnt matter who you are, how tall you are, how big you are, how fast you are. You can play in the NFL if you really go out and take care of business.

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#RedskinsTalk Podcast Episode 40 - Seriously, when will the Redskins pick a coordinator?

#RedskinsTalk Podcast Episode 40 - Seriously, when will the Redskins pick a coordinator?

As the Redskins settle into the offseason without both an offensive and defensive coordinator, JP Finlay and Rich Tandler debate who will get the jobs, and when they will be announced. 


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Redskins defensive coordinator resume: Jason Tarver

Redskins defensive coordinator resume: Jason Tarver

The Redskins have interviewed some high-profile candidates for their open defensive coordinator position. When it was reported that they will meet with former Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver, the reaction among the fans was, “Who?”

Let’s take a look at what Tarver’s qualifications are to get the job of running the Redskins’ defense.

Before becoming a coordinator: At the age of 22, Tarver took a coaching job at West Valley College in California, and did that while earning his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Santa Clara. After that he was a graduate assistant at UCLA for three years before getting into the NFL in 2001, when the 49ers hired him as a quality control coach. Tarver worked his way up to outside linebackers coach in 2005 and did that job until 2010, when he was let go went Mike Singletary was fired as the head coach. After a year as the defensive coordinator at Stanford, Dennis Allen hired Tarver to run the Raiders defense in 2012.

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Note: If you want more complete stats on Tarver’s defenses check out his page on Pro Football Reference. DVOA stats via Football Outsiders. A negative DVOA percentage is better than a positive number. Zero is average.

For players, * designates Pro Bowl selection, + designates first-team All-Pro

2012 Raiders (4-12)

Rankings: Yards 5,672 (18th), points 443 (28th), takeaways 19 (26th), 3rd down 39.1% (20th), DVOA 12.5% 29th
Notable players: DT Richard Seymour, DE Lamarr Houston

It should be noted that Allen had a defensive background so he had a hand in these numbers. This team just wasn’t very good as indicated by the fact that Seymour, at age 33, was one of their best defensive players.

2013 Raiders (4-12)

Rankings: Yards 5,918 (22nd), points 453 (29th), takeaways 22 (21st), 3rd down 43.1% (28th), DVOA 10.3% (26th)
Notable players: S Charles Woodson

They did make an effort to shore up the defense by bringing back Woodson and drafting cornerback D.J. Hayden in the first round. But Hayden only played in eight games and Woodson could only contribute so much at age 37. The pass defense struggled, ranking 29th in DVOA.

Related: Redskins offensive coordinator resume: Matt Cavanaugh

2014 Raiders (3-13)

Rankings: 5,721 (21st), points 452 (32nd), takeaways 14 (30th), 3rd down 38.5% (14th), DVOA 6.3% (26th)
Notable players: LB Khalil Mack, S Woodson

Allen was fired after an 0-4 start and Tony Sparano took over as interim head coach the rest of the way. Sparano has an offensive background so perhaps Tarver is more fully accountable for these results than those in other seasons. They did draft Mack with the fifth overall pick but his impact as a rookie was limited as recorded four sacks. Hayden again missed half of the season and, again, the defense was near the bottom of the NFL.

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