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Need to Know: Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Giants

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Need to Know: Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ--Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, September 25, the day the Washington Redskins visit the New York Giants.

Timeline

Today's schedule: Redskins vs. Giants 1 p.m. FOX

Days until: Browns @ Redskins 7; Redskins @ Ravens 14; Eagles @ Redskins 21

Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Giants

—News came out this morning that Rashad Jennings, who is the Giants’ leading rusher, will be out with a broken thumb. That will have some impact on today’s game but Shane Vereen has been taken about 40 percent of the Giants rushing attempts so far this year and he is a more than capable fill in.

—Contrary to what you might think when a team is 2-0 the Giants are upside down in turnover margin. They have lost three fumbles and Eli Manning has thrown an interception. Rarely will a team that’s minus-four be 2-0 but they have survived. That either means that the Giants are resilient or that they or lucky. Or maybe a little of both. If the Giants have a negative margin today and still win the Redskins will be kicking themselves over a lost opportunity.

—In fact, against the Saints last week the Giants did not score an offensive touchdown, getting their only TD on a return of a blocked field goal attempt. And they lost those three fumbles. Since merger only four teams have won a game with no offenive touchdowns and a negative turnover margin. You might remember the last time it happened. It was the Bears beating the Cardinals in 2006 and the result had Arizona coach Dennis Green shouting “They are who we thought they were! And we let them off the hook!” Clearly the Saints let the Giants off the hook but Sean Peyton didn’t explode at the podium.

—The Giants are also underwater in sacks, getting two of them while giving up four. The Redskins will hope to add to the deficit today as second-year player Bobby Hart will fill in for injured right tackle Marshall Newhouse. Hart could be a matchup that Ryan Kerrigan can exploit. Meanwhile Olivier Vernon, who signed an $85 million free agent contract with the Giants last spring, has barely dented the stat sheet with no sacks and three tackles in two games. He will be matched up against Trent Williams.

— Will desperation overcome the Meadowlands jinx? I don’t think that it will. The problem is that the Redskins really don’t have anything to hang their hats on right now. The major facets of the game—running the ball, stopping the run, passing, pass defense—are all malfunctioning to one degree or another. Things could fall into place and the Redskins could come away with a win, perhaps an easy one. But based on what I’ve seen I can’t predict that.

Giants 24, Redskins 20

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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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