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Need to Know: Around Redskins Park—'A chance' that Breeland plays vs. Ravens

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Need to Know: Around Redskins Park—'A chance' that Breeland plays vs. Ravens

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, October 6, three days before the Washington Redskins go up the road to play the Ravens in Baltimore.

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

Days until: Eagles @ Redskins 10; Redskins @ Lions 17; Redskins vs. Bengals in London 24

Notes and quotes from around Redskins Park

—Mason Foster does think there is some level of a rivalry between Redskins and Ravens fans. “Each game is a big game but when you're playing your next door neighbor in anything it's big,” he said. “You might see them around, it's like families are split.”

—Will Compton said that an emphasis in practice has been to get all of the defenders around the ball during a play. “We had more of a sense of urgency today in preaching that when the play ends we should all be in the same frame,” said Compton. “We're going to get it right.”

—Josh Norman always comes through with a good quote. This is his description of his upcoming matchup with Ravens receiver Steve Smith, who was Norman’s teammate for a season with the Panthers:. “A lion against a lion, a dog against a dog, a beast against a beast.”

—Another one from Norman when asked to describe Smith: “That guy, he'll take your heart away if you allow him to.

—Jay Gruden was asked if he thought that Bashaud Breeland, who missed the Browns game with an ankle injury, could play against the Ravens. “Oh, yeah, there’s a chance,” he said. “He’s close.”

—New Redskins safety Donte Whitner clearly is still salty about being released by the Browns on April 2, well after he had a chance of getting any type of big or even modest money as a free agent. “Nothing against those guys but the way that they released me and waited so long to do so I feel that they had a personal vendetta,” he said. He also referred to his release as “a slap in the face”. Too bad the Redskins already played the Browns.

—Does Kirk Cousins think his play is getting better? “I just think it’s week to week, it’s day to day,” he said. “I don’t know that you ever say, ‘I’m starting to play well now’ or ‘I wasn’t playing well then.’ I mean, it’s just, who knows. You can win two games in a row, if you lose this week, now it’s, ‘Cousins isn’t playing well and doesn’t know what he’s doing.’ So I just take it one game at a time.”

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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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Award Tour: Tandler & JP name Redskins' Defensive Player of the Year

Award Tour: Tandler & JP name Redskins' Defensive Player of the Year

With the 2017 offseason about to kick into high gear, Redskins Insiders JP Finlay and Rich Tandler are going to take one last look at 2016 in the coming days.

That’s right, it’s time to hand out awards for Coach of the Year, Special Teams Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year.

We’ve picked our top coaches and the Special Teams POY. Today we select the Defensive Player of the Year.

Tandler: This is tough because there were no real standouts on a mediocre unit. Ryan Kerrigan was the only defensive representitive to the Pro Bowl and had 11 sacks but his impact plays were few. You could make a case for Chris Baker, who was the only consistently effective player on the defensive line.

The pick here is Josh Norman.

He also was invisible for long stretches for good reasons. The only quarterback to throw his way more than seven times in the last half of the season was the Bears’ Matt Barkley and Norman made him pay with two interceptions. A Norman pick set up the clincher in the Browns game and he forced a fumble that put the Packers game beyond even an Aaron Rodgers miracle.

Outside of that, he set the tone during the week, staying out a minimum of 30 minutes after every practice, working on his craft.

If the defense can get two or three more players just like Norman they’ll be fine.

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Finlay: Norman is a strong pick, but since Tandler stole that selection from me, I will go with Kerrigan.

I've heard the lack of impact plays argument, and don't agree. His strip-sack to end the Eagles game, a win the reeling Redskins desperately needed, was probably a Top 5 defensive play this season. Without that sack, Philly had all the momentum and a chance to knock the 'Skins out of playoff contention. He also played through a number of injuries, starting every game for the sixth straight season.

Baker's name deserves recognition, as does Trent Murphy. The best part of Murphy's eight sack breakout campaign: Excellence is expected of Norman and Kerrigan. With Kerrigan, the expectations are so high that 11 sacks is almost dismissed by some fans and media. Murphy emerged as a viable sack threat for Washington this season, something that he can build upon next year. 

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