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Davis sheds some light on his situation

Davis sheds some light on his situation

Fred Davis has come full circle.

His NFL career got off to a rocky start when he overslept and was late for a minicamp practice in his rookie year. Now his tenure with the Redskins may be in jeopardy for an inability to stay awake during meetings.

Davis falling asleep during meetings is not a rumor or whispered accusation. He admitted it on Wednesday.

“I’ve never slept through a whole meeting but I’ve nodded off,” Davis said. “Everyone nods off. It’s dark in there. You’re watching film. You nod off. You wake up, get something to drink, go back. I’ve done that. I think everybody’s done that.”

Since nobody who is not a player or coach has access to those meetings it is impossible to judge Davis’ assertion that “everybody’s done that.” But you would think that someone in Davis’ position, a player on a one-year contract fighting playmaking rookie Jordan Reed for playing time, would drink coffee, down an energy drink, stand up and stretch, or do whatever it takes to stay awake during these meetings.

Perhaps Davis doesn’t realize that he’s competing with Reed for active status and playing time. It appears that Reed does. On Monday afternoon he was the only player on the field, putting in extra work running and catching passes from the JUGS machine.

I don’t want to be too hard on Davis here. He’s a talented player and he has always been a good guy to talk to in the locker room. But he’s not doing himself any favors by admitting that he falls asleep when he’s being given important information about his job and by saying that he thinks that his inactive status is tied to money.

According to reports, Davis has a clause in his contract that pays him $500,000 if he is on the 46-man active list for at least 12 games. He has been inactive for three games so far this year so if he doesn’t dress for two more the Redskins will not owe him the bonus.

Asked if he thought that the bonus had anything to do with his inactive status, Davis said yes. “Probably. It’s a business,” he said. “So I’m sure that plays a factor.”

Mike Shanahan’s press conference was held shortly after Davis talked to the media and the coach denied that the bonus was a factor in his decisions regarding the player.

“One thing I try to do as a head coach now as compared to when I was in Denver—I don’t look at any of those incentives,” he said. “I keep myself away from those things. I didn’t know that until I was just told about two minutes ago that that was a clause for those reasons. I don’t make decisions based on money.”

Whether or not what Shanahan is saying is accurate—he has admitted to bending the truth at times when it suits his purposes—there is still no reason for Davis to say that the money is a factor. It makes it seem like he is deflecting responsibility for the situation away from himself. And that is not a frame of mind that is going to get him back on the field.

There may be more to this than meets the eye. But now Davis has had his chance to tell his side of the story and we have heard Shanahan’s version and the view from here is that Davis doesn’t come out of it looking too good.

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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.

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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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