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GameBlog vs. Bengals Final

GameBlog vs. Bengals Final

In this instant-information age, there is a tendency to want to know about the status of an injury such as the one that Portis suffered right away. Unfortunately, the human body doesn’t always give an indication as to the severity of an injury as quickly as we would like. We’ll know a lot more about his status in a few days when we see how it responds to some treatment and rest.


Third Quarter

Listen, do you hear it? That loud and unmistakable sound is opportunity knocking for Jason Campbell. While it wasn’t all Collins’ fault—nobody could blame him a bit if he pulled a Peyton Manning and threw his linemen under the bus—he still wasn’t sharp when he had time and he had that deer in the headlights look on occasion. Campbell gets 30 minutes to shine. If he is on target, makes good decisions and moves the team he’ll have a leg up on Collins for the backup QB job.

It’s kind of odd that Tyler Jones is doing the kickoffs. There was talk that the punter would be doing the kicking off to save Hall’s leg for field goals. You would think that they would want to get as much practice for Frost and/or Lonie as possible, so maybe this won’t be the case.

Joe Sykes beat Jon Jansen on a few occasions in camp and he just did a good job there in getting to Doug Johnson and getting the sack. He is getting to be a practice squad possibility.

We saw the good and the bad of Jason Campbell on his first series. A zinger to Espy from his own end zone to convert a first down was followed by a nice touch pass downfield that Jimmy Farris could have caught had he made the decision to use both hands. Then, on second down, he couldn’t make a decision, got happy feet, took and sack and fumbled.

That was a cover two on the TD pass to Kelly Washington? Try cover none. Dennard Wilson was horribly slow getting over to help and he didn’t react to the ball in the air.

We have had a Manuel White sighting. He made a nice move and turn upfield on a swing pass from Campbell. He needs to have more moments like that if he’s going to make this team.

Fourth Quarter

Madden delivered what the headline should be for this affair when he said that it looked like the Bengals were ready to play a preseason game tonight and the Redskins were not.

The sight of Clinton Portis sitting on the sideline with his arm in a sling should quash any talk of Ladell Betts being dealt to the Jets or anywhere else for that matter.

Nemo Broughton did himself a favor in his quest to make the team again with a solid blitz pickup on third down. That’s the kind of thing that the coaches make a fuss over in the film room tomorrow.

Rocky McIntosh had a pretty impressive stint at linebacker. He moved well, fought off blockers, and made a few tackles. He won’t work his way into the starting lineup by opening night but he’ll be in some of Williams’ packages and may be starting by Halloween.

It’s safe to say that Campbell has answered the knock at the door. He’s had a few rough moments but Collins had more in less playing time. Although he just undid that beautiful pass to Ortega with a bad interception, he has thrown some excellent passes.

Karon Riley is having a good night of mop-up duty. He always seems to be around the ball and he’s planted a few backs.

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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. 

Related: NFL Mock Draft 1.0

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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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