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


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

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, October 1, one day before the Washington Redskins host the Cleveland Browns.


Today's schedule: Walkthrough at Redskins Park; no media availability

Days until: Redskins @ Ravens 8; Eagles @ Redskins 15; Redskins vs. Bengals in London 29

Five Redskins under pressure against the Browns

QB Kirk Cousins—Yes, they got the win against the Giants and Cousins protected the ball and he threw some good passes. But as long as the red zone woes continue Cousins remains on this weekly pressure list in Sharpie. In addition, his completion percentage is down six percentage points from last year, a sign that he’s off a bit.

RB Matt Jones—Jay Gruden didn’t exactly call him out for his running style in the first three quarters of the Giants game. But saying, “in the first three quarters there are some runs he didn’t cap off like we want him to,” as Gruden did on Thursday when asked about Jones isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement. Jones needs to look at the film from the fourth quarter and copy that running style from snap No. 1 on Sunday.

G Arie Kouandjio—There’s always pressure in your first NFL start. He was never really in the race to start at left guard during the offseason and now is his chance to show that he belongs in the league. It may be his only chance so he needs to make the most of it.

S David Bruton—His play has come under fire from fans and media. There is a particular reason for concern in this game. Brown running back Isiah Crowell has runs of 85, 25, and 20 yards this year. A missed tackle when he gets to the second level could result in the kind of game-changing play the underdog Browns will need if they are going to pull off the upset. Bruton needs to be sure to wrap up.

DE Preston Smith—He has yet to live up to the breakout season hype that followed him ever since his hot finish to the 2015 season. It’s certainly not too late for him to have a very good season but he needs to get going at some point and Sunday against a rookie quarterback seems like as good a time as any.

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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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