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Need to Know: Are the Redskins committed to the run?


Need to Know: Are the Redskins committed to the run?

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, September 29, three days before the Washington Redskins host the Cleveland Browns.


Today's schedule: Joe Barry news conference 12:40; Practice 1:00; Jay Gruden news conference and player availability after practice, approx. 3 p.m.

Days until: Redskins @ Ravens 10; Eagles @ Redskins 17; Redskins vs. Bengals in London 32

Question of the day

Let’s see where the Redskins are in terms of run-pass ratio before we talking about running becoming “a thing of the past”. So far this year NFL teams have passed on about 60 percent of their plays from scrimmage and and they have run on 40 percent. The Redskins are at a 68-32 pass to run ratio so they are out of whack.

But they did start to get closer to the norm against the Giants on Sunday. In fact, they were more of a pound and ground team, passing on 55 percent of their snaps and running on 45 percent. So that’s a good sign if you want to see them run more.

The opener against the Steelers was their worst “abandon the run” the game. They thought that going to the air was the best way to attack the Pittsburgh defense and before they could really think about adjusting Big Ben and Antonio Brown had started rolling and they had to pass to try to stay in the game.

The game that was the real head scratcher in terms of play selection was the Dallas game. They passed 46 times and ran 17, a 73-27 run pass ratio.

That looks pass heavy but actually it’s worse when you consider that the Redskins had 26 snaps on first and 10 and they called runs on nine of them (Cousins scrambled twice). That’s a 65-35 pass to run ratio. Yes, it’s a pass happy league but so far this season on first and 10 NFL teams have passed 51 percent of the time and have run 49 percent.

Wait, there’s more. Here is what Kirk Cousins said during his news conference on the Wednesday following the game:
We saw on every first and 10 that we could chart, the Cowboys had played a two-deep structure, a Tampa-two structure, where they’re actually playing the pass. So that would tell you that on first and 10, they’re thinking, ‘They’re going to take a shot, they’re going to launch it deep, so let’s prevent that,’ and that’s where you love to run the ball. So on the very first play of the game, we handed it off.
But after that first play they rarely ran despite a defense that was set up to stop the pass. Despite that, you can look at the game flow and say that if Cousins had thrown one fewer pass--the interception in the end zone--the Redskins would have won.

Despite what happened in the Dallas and Pittsburgh games it’s too early to declare that the Redskins have abandoned the run for the 2016 season. Three games is a pretty small sample size. Despite his pass-happy reputation, in Cincinnati and in Washington Gruden usually ends up calling about as many running plays as the league average.

“Each opponent is going to be different, but we do want to have some kind of balance,” Gruden said on Wednesday. But the words of wisdom always dispensed here are to not listen to what they say but watch what they do. This topic definitely needs to be revisited around the bye week.

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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.


The results aren't pretty.


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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