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Griffin vows: 'We'll figure it out'

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Griffin vows: 'We'll figure it out'

As Yogi Berra once said, it was like déjà vu all over again.

Just like last Monday against the Eagles, Robert Griffin III had a nice game if all you did was look at his final stat line. He was 26 for 40 for 320 yards and 3 touchdowns, a passer rating of 104.2. But once again the numbers were empty as the Redskins got way behind early and piled up yards in extended garbage time.

The Redskins fell to 0-2 as they lost to the Packers 38-20 in another game that was not as close as the final score would indicate. The Eagles led 33-7 before the Redskins were able to get on the board.

After the game Griffin again waved off concerns about his surgically repaired right knee and vowed to make things better.

“We’ll make it happen,” he said. “We’ll figure it out, we’ll figure out what’s missing right now and we’ll make it happen.”

Griffin has been the team’s leader almost from the moment he set foot in the Redskins’ locker room last year. By all accounts he has been the encouraging/enthusiastic type of leader. But, at the request of some teammates, that may change.

“If those guys want me to go out there and be the stern leader then I can do that,” he said. “I got some of that from some of my teammates on the sideline asking me to do some more things. Not necessarily change who I am as a person but if they want me to be hard on them, I’ll be hard on them.”

Whether it was a change of leadership style or something else, Griffin said that the losing would stop. “We’ll be better, period,” he said. “We’ll make it happen. We’ll figure it out, we’ll figure out what’s missing right now and we’ll make it happen.”

Griffin was asked what type of leadership changes he would make.

"I just not, you know, I’m not an a-hole. I believe in positive reinforcement," he said. "If something happens, I know he’ll make it up the next time he gets that chance. And that’s just the way I lead. If they want me to do that, you know, I’m fine with doing that . . . If that’s what we need to get over this hump, to move forward and start winning games I’m definitely going to do it."

If Griffin is successful in getting the offense turned around, perhaps he or someone else can do something to help the Redskins’ defense. The loss certainly wasn’t all Griffin’s side of the ball.

Aaron Rodgers has a field day for the Packers, completing 34 of 42 passes for 480 yards and four touchdowns. Even if Griffin had been razor sharp all day the Redskins would have had trouble winning this one.

Through two games the Redskins have allowed 1,023 yards of total offense. In NFL history, only the 1967 Atlanta Falcons (1,025) have allowed more through two games.

At halftime it was 24-0 and Griffin was six for 13 for 107 yards with an interception that comes to a passer rating of 42.8.

At that point the Redskins were 0-5 on third down. They failed on two more in the second half before the Packers scored to make it 31-0.

The Redskins finally converted a third down with 4:15 left in the third quarter. It came on a third-down touchdown pass to Pierre Garçon that covered six yards.

Griffin would go on to throw two more touchdown passes, one of three yards to Jordan Reed and another one to Santana Moss that covered six yards. But it was the proverbial too little, too late.

Griffin ran just four times for one yard. A year ago the dynamic threat of his legs helped the whole offense click. Many are wondering if there are reasons beyond the knee injury that Griffin is not running with the ball.

“If teams are going to give us the QB run we’ll take it,” he said. “If they’re not we can’t just run those plays.”

"I'm not just going to run to show people that I'm back. I think that’s stupid."

In the end, Griffin said that the solution is to keep on fighting.

“You can’t just totally jump ship,” he said. “It’s not that time and I don’t think this team will ever do that.”

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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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