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Shanahan knew immediately something was wrong with RG3


Shanahan knew immediately something was wrong with RG3

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said he knew Robert Griffin III was injured as soon as he came to the sideline Sunday.When Robert came off the field and I looked at his eyes, I knew something was wrong, Shanahan said. I said, Hey, go see the doctors. He said Im okay. I said, No, youre not okay.Twenty-four hours later, though, the quarterbacks condition has improved significantly according to Shanahan, speaking during his Monday afternoon press conference.Hes feeling good, the coach said. No dizziness, no vomiting. He feels like hes done well on the tests that hes taken so far.So whats next for Griffin and the Redskins? Several more tests before the rookie's status for Sundays game against the Vikings can be determined.Today is basically rest and testing, Shanahan said. Then tomorrow, if he passes the tests, hell get a chance to get some cardio work, get a little workout in on the treadmill, then if there are no symptoms like headaches, dizziness, nausea, things along those lines, then hell be able to practice on Wednesday as long as theres no contact.But if Griffin suffers a setback in the coming days, its unlikely hell play against Minnesota, Shanahan said. If that happens, the coach hinted that Kirk Cousins, another rookie, would be Griffin's replacement.We should find out in the next few days exactly what happens," Shanahan said. "Right now, it looks good. Not sure if it stays that way.Shanahan, however, is more certain of this: Griffin will likely do more to avoid the punishing blow delivered to him by Atlantas Sean Weatherspoon next time he's in position to slide.Its my experience when that quarterback gets that first hit like he received, they slide a little bit sooner, Shanahan said. They protect themselves a little bit more.Griffin is not permitted to speak to reporters until his has been cleared by doctors. His normal media availability is Wednesday afternoon.

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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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