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A Redskins-centric look around the NFL, Week 3


A Redskins-centric look around the NFL, Week 3

Here is a Redskins-centric look around the NFL as Week 3 approaches.

—The Redskins got thumped by the Steelers at home in Week 1 and now it’s the Eagles’ turn to host Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and company. Philly also gets the Steelers without star running back Le’veon Bell, who is into final week of his three-game substance abuse suspension. But it does look like receiver Markus Wheaton, who missed the first two games with a shoulder injury, will play; he was a full go in practice all week. It will be interesting to see how rookie QB Carson Wentz performs after looking good against a couple of non-entities in the Browns and the Bears. A key injury for the Eagles is CB Leodis McKelvin (hamstring). He has been declared out so the tough task of defending Brown will be much more difficult.

—The Eagles will have right tackle Lane Johnson for the Steelers game. However, he was notified of a 10-game PED suspension this week. He gets a chance appeal on October 4. The issue should be decided by the time the Redskins host the Eagles on Oct. 16.

—The Cowboys get the Bears this week on Sunday night (what’s up with two straight prime time appearances for Chicago?). Jay Cutler is out with a thumb injury so that means that Brian Hoyer is behind center for the Bears. Will the Bears be the team to rattle Dak Prescott, who, like Wentz, has yet to throw an interception in his first two NFL games? He has been solid in Dallas’ two games, a close loss and a close win. It’s so far, so good in the Cowboys’ attempt to get to midseason in contention and then see what they can do with Tony Romo behind center. They have the 49ers after the Bears so they could well be 3-1 going into games against the Bengals and at Green Bay.

—Looking past the Giants (yes, we’re allowed to do that here since it has no effect on what the Redskins do), the injury hits keep on coming for the Browns, the Redskins Week 4 opponent. They lost their top draft pick, WR Corey Coleman, to a broken hand. He will be back later in the season but he will miss the Redskins game. Not only is the return of Robert Griffin III out since he is on injured reserve, ex-Redskins DL Stephen Paea might not make it to FedEx Field; he is hampered by an elbow injury. With Griffin and Josh McCown (shoulder) both out, rookie Cody Kessler will be the quarterback, assuming he makes it through their game at the Dolphins on Sunday.

—The Redskins’ Week 10 game against the Vikings will still be tough but they will have some key players on the shelf. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater already was out and now RB Adrian Peterson (knee) and LT Matt Kalil (hip) are going to be out for most or all of the season. Peterson went on injured reserve on Friday so he is out for at least eight weeks. Minnesota still has a pretty solid defense and Sam Bradford looked good in his debut at QB for the Vikings so they will remain a quality opponent.

—Tomorrow I like the Packers -7 over the Lions, the Steelers -3.5 at the Eagles and the Jaguars +1 at home against the Ravens. Last week I was 1-2, winning with the Saints, who covered against the Giants, and losing with the Packers and Colts.

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Report: Redskins to interview former Raiders defensive coordinator

Report: Redskins to interview former Raiders defensive coordinator

The Redskins have set up another interview with a candidate to fill their vacant defensive coordinator position.

According to the Washington Post, Jason Tarver, the defensive coordinator of the Raiders from 2012-2014, will meet with the organization. The date of the interview is not known.

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Before joining the Raiders, Tarver coached in college for five years before the 49ers hired him as a quality control coach. He worked his way up to become the outside linebackers coach, a position he held from 2005-2010. Scot McCloughan was the GM of the 49ers while Tarver was coaching there.

After a year as a defensive coordinator in the college ranks at Stanford, Tarver was hired as the Raiders’ defensive coordinator. He was a defensive assistant for the 2015 49ers and he was out of football last season.

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The Redskins have announced interviews with former Browns head coach Mike Pettine and ex-Jaguars coach Gus Bradley. It was reported earlier today that they also will meet with Rob Ryan, most recently the Bills’ defensive coordinator.

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Redskins plan to interview Rob Ryan for defensive coordinator, per report

Redskins plan to interview Rob Ryan for defensive coordinator, per report

Plenty of Redskins fans wanted the team to interview Rex Ryan for defensive coordinator.

Well, a report shows they aren't talking to Rex, but instead, his brother Rob, according to Albert Breer of MMQB

Rex Ryan's track record as a defensive coordinator is very impressive.

Rob Ryan's track record as a defensive coordinator is, uh, less impressive. 

In 12 seasons as a coordinator, first in Oakland and then with Cleveland, Dallas and New Orleans, Rob Ryan has two Top 5 finishes in yards allowed. He also has finished 31st out of 32 teams in the league in yards allowed three times.

Below is a chart from Pro Football Reference showing his defensive ranks from 2004 when he became coordinator in Oakland all the way through his last job as a coordinator in New Orleans in 2015.


The results aren't pretty.


It should be noted that in 2016, Rob Ryan served as assistant head coach in Buffalo on his brother Rex's staff.

That team's defense finished 19th in yards allowed. 

Gus Bradley and Mike Pettine have interviewed with the Redskins for their vacant defensive coordinator opening.

Washington is also reported to have reached out to Wade Phillips, who took the same position with the Rams, and Steve Wilks, who took the same position with the Carolina Panthers. Internally, outside linebackers coach Greg Manusky also seems to be under some consideration for the position, and a report last week linked former 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula with the Washington defense.

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