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Get into the Skins’ locker room

Get into the Skins’ locker room

The RealRedskins.com live blog of the Redskins-Jaguars preseason game will have a few twists that will make it different from the four we've done so far this year.

First, it will be coming from the press box at FedEx Field. I've been sitting there for every home game every season but one since 2001, doing work for Warpath and for WarpathInsiders.com. My live blog will be simul-blogged (I'm afraid that I just invented a new buzzword) here on RealRedskins.com and on WarpathInsiders.com.

While I enjoy sitting in the press box, especially when it's particularly hot or particularly cold or particularly wet outside, the game itself isn't the fun part of the experience. That comes after the game ends and I go to the coach's press conference and then into the locker room and ask the head coach or any available player any question that I want. It was pretty neat the last three years to have a Hall of Fame coach look me in the eye and reply to my questions. Or to be able to roam the locker room and ask the players, still emotionally charged and carrying fresh wounds from the field of play, the questions that I never heard asked by the rest of the media.

This week, you'll get a chance to ask the questions you want answered.

Not from the interview room or the locker room, of course, but via email.

During the game, I'll put up an email address to which you can send your questions for any player or for Jim Zorn. I'll do my best to ask that player or ask Zorn your question. On Friday, I'll post an article with the answers to your questions.

That sounds pretty simple and it is, but there are a few ground rules:

  • One question per person
  • Include your name (first name, screen name, name you use when you comment here)
  • Keep the questions related to the game and, in this case, the upcoming game.
  • Keep the questions brief.
  • The earlier you get your question to me, the better the chances are that it will be answered. If something happens in the third quarter, the take a second during a commercial break to fire your question out to me.
  • Cell phones don't work well down in the bowels of FedEx Field. After about five minutes after the end of the game, the chances of me getting your question are slim.

Certainly, if this works out and is fun and interesting, I'll continue it into the regular season.

See you Thursday. Again, I'll have the email address for your questions posted with the live blog article.

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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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