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Need to Know: Five Redskins who are under pressure against the Giants

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Need to Know: Five Redskins who are under pressure against the Giants

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, September 24, one day before the Washington Redskins visit the New York Giants.

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Today's schedule: Walkthrough at Redskins Park before departing for New York; no media availability

Days until: Browns @ Redskins 8; Redskins @ Ravens 15; Eagles @ Redskins 23

Five Redskins who will the under pressure on Sunday

QB Kirk Cousins—He’s on this list every week in Sharpie until he comes through in the red zone and on third down. A lot of other aspects of this team need to improve for them to become a consistent winner but the list starts with the $20 million man.

RB Matt Jones—I get the feeling that the Redskins coaches may overcompensate for their lack of run play calls in the first two games. That would mean a heavy workload for Jones. He will need to remain effective (4.3 yards/carry) and continue to hold on to the ball.

CB Josh Norman—It looks like he will end up on Odell Beckham Jr. the vast majority of the snaps. Fans who wanted this matchup to happen may regret getting what they asked for. Last year Beckham caught six passes for 76 yards and a touchdown against the Panthers and he beat Norman a few other times but Eli Manning either didn’t see him or didn’t have time to get the ball to him. Norman has been playing well but if he is going to demonstrate that he is indeed the best cornerback on the planet it’s time for him to start proving it.

S David Bruton—Bruton has had the whole litany of problems this year—missed tackles, bad angles, wrong place at the wrong time. He has Duke Ihenacho waiting in the wings and if he doesn’t pull it together soon Bruton could find himself watching while Ihenacho plays.

CB Dashaun Phillips—With the return of Victor Cruz, the Giants line up with three quality receivers on most plays. If Phillips doesn’t play well he will be exposed by Beckham, Cruz, or rookie Sterling Shepard. Quinton Dunbar did pretty well matched up with Beckham at FedEx Field last November and he could come in to replace Phillips.

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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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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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