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Need to Know: If the Redskins draft a quarterback, who leaves?

Need to Know: If the Redskins draft a quarterback, who leaves?

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, April 3, 27 days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock at the NFL draft.

If a QB comes, who goes?

The Redskins might draft another quarterback in the upcoming draft. That’s a possibility, not a certainty. But what is certain is that if they do draft a quarterback they intend to keep on the roster they will have to do something with one of the three quarterbacks who are currently under contract.

It doesn’t appear that Robert Griffin III is going anywhere unless the quarterback the Redskins draft is named Marcus Mariota. We’ll set that aside as an unrealistic scenario right now since it looks more and more like Mariota will be gone by the time Washington’s pick at No. 5 rolls around.

If the QB the Redskins draft is taken somewhere in the middle rounds then the Redskins will have a decision to make. Should they keep Kirk Cousins, who has shown some flashes of superb play interrupted by a tendency to throw interceptions in bunches, or Colt McCoy, who was instrumental in half of the Redskins’ four wins last year but isn’t much more than a career backup?

It seems to me that keeping Cousins is a no-brainer. If Griffin is sidelined for a significant period of time due to injury or ineffectiveness, Cousins is the QB you want in there. McCoy is good for a game or two at a time but between the two of them, Cousins gives the team the best chance of winning.

However, there is no reason to make this decision immediately after the draft. The team could go into training camp with the three veteran quarterbacks and the rookie and see how it shakes out. If another team’s quarterback suffers an injury in a preseason game perhaps they will get an attractive offer for Cousins.

It’s also possible that the Redskins will stick with what they have at quarterback and see how it plays out. That could be a risky strategy since none of the three players they have at the position now are under contract for 2016. But anything can happen and at this particular position anything that happens has ripple effects.

Timeline

—It’s been 96 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 163 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 17; 2015 NFL Draft 27; Redskins training camp starts 118

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Redskins defensive coordinator resume: Jason Tarver

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The Redskins have interviewed some high-profile candidates for their open defensive coordinator position. When it was reported that they will meet with former Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver, the reaction among the fans was, “Who?”

Let’s take a look at what Tarver’s qualifications are to get the job of running the Redskins’ defense.

Before becoming a coordinator: At the age of 22, Tarver took a coaching job at West Valley College in California, and did that while earning his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Santa Clara. After that he was a graduate assistant at UCLA for three years before getting into the NFL in 2001, when the 49ers hired him as a quality control coach. Tarver worked his way up to outside linebackers coach in 2005 and did that job until 2010, when he was let go went Mike Singletary was fired as the head coach. After a year as the defensive coordinator at Stanford, Dennis Allen hired Tarver to run the Raiders defense in 2012.

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Note: If you want more complete stats on Tarver’s defenses check out his page on Pro Football Reference. DVOA stats via Football Outsiders. A negative DVOA percentage is better than a positive number. Zero is average.

For players, * designates Pro Bowl selection, + designates first-team All-Pro

2012 Raiders (4-12)

Rankings: Yards 5,672 (18th), points 443 (28th), takeaways 19 (26th), 3rd down 39.1% (20th), DVOA 12.5% 29th
Notable players: DT Richard Seymour, DE Lamarr Houston

It should be noted that Allen had a defensive background so he had a hand in these numbers. This team just wasn’t very good as indicated by the fact that Seymour, at age 33, was one of their best defensive players.

2013 Raiders (4-12)

Rankings: Yards 5,918 (22nd), points 453 (29th), takeaways 22 (21st), 3rd down 43.1% (28th), DVOA 10.3% (26th)
Notable players: S Charles Woodson

They did make an effort to shore up the defense by bringing back Woodson and drafting cornerback D.J. Hayden in the first round. But Hayden only played in eight games and Woodson could only contribute so much at age 37. The pass defense struggled, ranking 29th in DVOA.

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2014 Raiders (3-13)

Rankings: 5,721 (21st), points 452 (32nd), takeaways 14 (30th), 3rd down 38.5% (14th), DVOA 6.3% (26th)
Notable players: LB Khalil Mack, S Woodson

Allen was fired after an 0-4 start and Tony Sparano took over as interim head coach the rest of the way. Sparano has an offensive background so perhaps Tarver is more fully accountable for these results than those in other seasons. They did draft Mack with the fifth overall pick but his impact as a rookie was limited as recorded four sacks. Hayden again missed half of the season and, again, the defense was near the bottom of the NFL.

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