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Rich Tandler is the author of Gut Check, The Complete History of Coach Joe Gibbs’ Washington Redskins. Get details and order at http://GutCheckBook.com

I got my first extended look at Steeler rookie quarterback Ben Roethlisberger this past Sunday during Pittsburgh’s game against Cincinnati. And while the Steelers won the game I didn’t think that Roethlisberger was all that impressive.

It isn’t that he doesn’t have his strong points. He’s very poised, has great size and an excellent arm.

However, he doesn’t appear comfortable at all throwing from the pocket, an odd phenomenon considering his 6-5 height. He’s rather roll out and throw on the run. That’s fine as far as it goes, but you can’t live on that forever, at least not if you’re going to be an elite quarterback.

In addition, he took seven sacks against the Bengals, who don’t have a great pass rush. Some of those sacks helped push his team from the red zone to out of field goal range.

Before any Steeler fans out there jump on me, I think that given the fact that he’s a rookie, one who held out of camp for a while to boot, he’s progressing very well. While getting sacked to push your team out of field goal range is a rookie mistake, well, he’s a rookie and such things are to be expected. Given the Steelers’ record it’s clear that he hasn’t made very many fatal mistakes.

Still, if I’m Gregg Williams I am focusing on stopping Deuce Staley and then on making Roethlisberger beat me from the pocket.

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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.

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The results aren't pretty.

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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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