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Moss had the Irish flu

Moss had the Irish flu

As it turns out, the "flu" that caused Santana Moss to sit out Monday's OTA practice came not from a bug but from a bottle.

The wide receiver had a weekend extravaganza to celebrate his 29th birthday. Two "celebrity" events (the adjective is in quotes because some of those attending were the likes of Mike Rumph and Sinorice Moss) raised money for charity. Apparently, though, Moss spent a little too much time hanging out with his good friends Jack Daniels and Jim Beam.

It was reported on Monday that Moss went to Redskins Park but he was not on the field due to the flu. However, when asked about it he 'fessed up and said that the weekend activities were the reason why he was feeling under the weather, not any germ or virus.

"All they (Moss' teammates) did is laugh because they knew it was going to happen like that," Moss said. "I told them, 'You think you're still young and you can still hold up,' but they all know what time it was. You have to chalk it up and be ready the next day."

I guess you have to give Moss some points for his candor, but this is a little bit ridiculous.

It's one thing for a college kid to fly across three time zones and then oversleep as Fred Davis did during minicamp.

It's quite another for a veteran player to throw himself a two-day bash and not be able to control his alcohol consumption to the point where he can't function at his job on Monday morning.

Moss is a good player who has had some great moments during his three seasons as a Redskin. He's had some low moments too, like when he pulled himself out of the game at Green Bay while the outcome still was in doubt. Yes, he was having an awful game but it's the coach's decision to pull a player from a game, not that player's. Some have said that he quit in that game. I think that's going a bit too far, but I have no logical comeback for those who use the "q" word.

And now this. Like Davis oversleeping, the story will have a shelf life of a few days on talk radio and in places like this and then it will die down.

It's up to Santana Moss to make sure it stays dead.

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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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