Last season the Cowboys secondary put the "D" in Dallas, as in the nearly failing letter grade as non-covering corners and mistackling safeties roamed the back line of defensive coordinator's Rob Ryan's unit. Fortunately, for Rex's younger and more rumpled brother, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones saw it that way as well. Rather than make a coaching change, Jones focused on upgrading the defensive back talent, specifically by adding free agent Brandon Carr and trading up for LSU rookie Morris Claiborne. Specifically, the moves madewere to combat their traditional NFC East foes - yes, even the Redskins, although in that case, seems rather begrudgingly so.To be really fair about it, and fair on judgment, we have to look specifically where we had our biggest breakdowns, and weve got to make sure that weve matched up good with the teams that gave us our biggest problems, Jones said. As it turns out, it was the New Yorks, the Philadelphias, and if you will, Washington played a good game against us, too. "So its in our division. So what you saw from us during the offseason, personnel-wise, is matching up."The latest injury news - via CSNphilly - involving Eagles left tackle Jason Peters is one ouch of a story - and likely ends any hope of a 2012 appearance. "According to a league source, Peters ruptured his Achilles tendon again after the Roll-A-Bout he was using malfunctioned. Peters was maneuvering in his kitchen when the device broke, and he fell on his face and re-injured the Achilles."The five-time Pro Bowler needed a second surgery, and his recovery was set back three weeks. He is going to sue the manufacturer of the device."The Eagles signed free agent Demetress Bell to step in as the blindside protector. Good luck with that.Without the five-time Pro Bowler Peters, Michael Vick will once again be running plenty, but out of necessity. On Sunday, the nation honored all the moms out there. On Sunday, Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora used the occasion to jab Eagles running back LeSean McCoy. Via his Twitter account, Umenyiora said, "Happy Mothers Day Lesean Mccoy! Enjoy your special day!!"Apparently the pass rusher has not forgotten that last season on Twitter McCoy described him as "Overrated n soft 3rd best d-line on his team honestly." Former LSU safety Chad Jones, drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the 2010 draft, was expected to help shore up the middle of Big Blue's secondary. Two months after the draft,Jones was involved in a serious automobile accident. Two years into his NFL career, Jones never stepped onto the field. Entering his third season, he is looking for a new team after the Giants releasedJones on Monday following a failed physical. No Laurent Robinson means the Cowboys once again are searching for a third receiver behind Miles Austin and Dez Bryant. With Kevin Ogletree currently leading the race, the team might need to keep looking. Ben Standigblogs about the Redskins, Wizards, Hoyas and the D.C.area college basketball scene for CSNwashington. You can reach him by email at email@example.com,follow him on Twitter @BenStandigand catch his musingsat the D.C. Sportalist.
John Pagano's entire NFL career has been spent in San Diego, not a bad location. Hired by Mary Schottenheimer in 2002, he began as a quality control coach in 2002, then moved up to assistant linebackers coach in 2003. In 2004, he advanced to coach the outside linebackers, and then in 2005 he took over as linebackers coach, a position he held until 2011.
By 2012, his 10th year in the organization, Pagano moved up to defensive coordinator, at that point working under Norv Turner. The former Redskins coach of much of the 1990s, Turner was let go after that season, and Mike McCoy was hired. McCoy retained Pagano to serve as his defensive coordinator, and he stayed in that role until this offseason.
The circumstances surrounding Pagano's release from the Chargers are a bit sloppy, including this report from a San Diego broadcaster:
The important stuff for Redskins fans: As defensive coordinator his team's twice finished in the Top 10 in yards allowed in 2012 and 2014. That's about the only real highlights on his coordinator resume, though it's worth pointing out few coaches last as long with one organization as Pagano. Below are his defense's ranks from 2012 to last season.
It also seems Pagano has no real ties to the Redskins organization, which might be considered an advantage. He never worked directly with Bruce Allen, Jay Gruden or Scot McCloughan, though his team's deployed the 3-4 base like the Washington defense. Pagano's brother Chuck is the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.
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As should be expected when a team goes 8-7-1, there were plenty of good moments and a lot of frustrating times during the Redskins’ 2016 season. Over the next couple of weeks, Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will take detailed looks at the 10 best plays of 2016 and at the 10 worst.
No. 8 best play of 2016
Redskins vs. Packers Week 11
2:30 left in Q4, Redskins ball at their own 30, 2nd and 8, Redskins leading 35-24
Rob Kelley right end to GB 4 for 66 yards (Ladarius Gunter).
Tandler: The Redskins had held a lead since late in the second quarter but Aaron Rodgers and the Packers kept hanging around. The Redskins were just trying to pick up a first down but Kelley ran through a weak tackle attempt, dodged a defensive back, and bolted down the right side before an ankle tackle got him at the four. Kelley was deprived of the touchdown only momentarily as he ran it in on the next play, putting a bow on the most important win of the year.
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Finlay: Any football fan who has watched the last two weekends of the NFL playoffs knows just how dangerous Aaron Rodgers can be with the ball in his hands late in a game. Rob Kelley's long run eliminated that danger, as he burst through the Packers defense and sealed a huge victory for the Redskins. This game, and the few days leading up to the Cowboys game on Thanksgiving that followed, marked the high point in the 'Skins season. The team had a 6-3-1 record and had just vanquished Green Bay, avenging a playoff loss to the Packers some 10 months earlier. I disagree with Tandler that this was the most important win of the year - that distinction came in the Week 3 victory over the Giants - but it was the best win of the year.
10 best plays countdown
10 worst plays countdown
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