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Need to Know: Coach, QB agree on what's important

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Need to Know: Coach, QB agree on what's important

RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, August 13, six days before the Redskins host the Steelers at FedEx Field

RG3, Shanahan agree on the big goal

If there was any doubt that Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan disagree on the pace of the quarterback’s rehab program it was removed on Monday.

“I can’t BS that answer,” said Griffin when asked if he likes the program that he has been following. “No, I don’t like it, but there is some part of it that I do understand. I don’t understand all of it.”

“That’s my job, not necessarily to do what he likes, but to do what’s the best thing for him and this organization,” said Shanahan in his press conference several hours later. “My job is to get him ready for the first game and that’s what we’re hoping we can do.”

So we have a quarterback who wants to go full steam ahead and a coach who won’t let him. But in the last sentence of Shanahan’s response says that they agree about what is really important.

Griffin:  “There is no doubt that I’m playing Week 1. That is just the way I feel about it.”

Shanahan: I’ve already said this: my plan, hopefully our game plan, is to play him Week 1. I want to play him Week 1.”

So they agree on the main goal, Griffin playing against the Eagles at FedEx Field on September 9. Everything else is process.

Does it really matter if Griffin takes 11 on 11 snaps today, as the quarterback said he would, or tomorrow, as Shanahan said he will?

Will it matter if Griffin takes a few series in the third preseason game, as he said he wants to, or if there is “no possibility” of that happening, as Shanahan said?

In terms of substance, the answer to both is no. Sure, such differences of opinion will generate headlines and provide radio talk show topics and extended segments on SportsCenter and NFL Network. But all of that will be forgotten if what really matters has the outcome that Shanahan and Griffin both desire.

What really matters is that both the player and the coach want No. 10 behind center against the Eagles. The rest is process.

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Today’s schedule (all practices open to the public at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center)

10:00—Walkthrough practice, players available to media coming off the field

3:20—Full practice, players available to media coming off the field

5:30 (approx.)—Mike Shanahan news conference

Tarik and Carlin talk about coach and QB

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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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