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How did RG3 look?

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How did RG3 look?

RICHMOND—Robert Griffin III did his first team drills today and the first questions that came across on Twitter was some form of, “How did he look?”

The answer is complicated. The short answer is that he looked fine and the longer answer is that we have no idea.

Griffin passed the ball pretty well. He took 16 snaps, some from the Pistol formation and some from under center. In those 16 snaps he threw 10 passes and completed seven. On the three incompletions, one was dropped, one was low and one was picked off by linebacker Ricky Elmore.

Griffin moved around fine, just like he did a year ago in training camp, during the season and, for that matter, like he has since training camp began three weeks ago. He was smooth dropping back, he planted well to throw, his footwork seemed to be in order. Of course there was no hint of a limp.

But here’s the thing; what went on today only vaguely resembled real football. Yes, it was 11 on 11 and they ran football plays and Griffin handed the ball off and threw passes against a defense.

But that’s where the similarity ends. Griffin lined up against the Redskins’ scout team defense. Most of these players are unlikely to be drawing an NFL paycheck come September.

As do all quarterbacks during all practices, Griffin wore the yellow no-contact jersey. For Griffin, it was a yellow flag warning the defense not to come anywhere near this guy. Griffin had a cone of comfort in which to operate. That is a luxury he won’t have if and when he takes the field against the Eagles on Sept. 9.

So, in short, Griffin looked fine but it means nothing. Until he has to plant his right foot and cut to avoid getting hit by someone who intends to do him harm or come up with a burst of speed to elude a defender who is chasing after him we really won’t know how the knee is doing.

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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.

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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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