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Need to Know: Is Redskins RB Matt Jones' fumbling problem already solved?

Need to Know: Is Redskins RB Matt Jones' fumbling problem already solved?

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, June 13, 45 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 155 days ago. It will be 91 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Redskins training camp starts 45; Preseason opener @ Falcons 59; Final roster cut 82

Hot topics

—Is Matt Jones’ fumbling issue overblown? Jones lost four fumbles in his first 104 touches of the season. He didn’t lose any in his final 65 touches. It is best to proceed as though the problem has not been solved but the good finish to the season is perhaps a sign for optimism.

—Tress Way’s numbers were off a bit last year. He went from averaging 47.5 yards per punt in 2014 to 46.1 last year. His net average dropped from 40.0 to 39.8. It’s not particularly alarming and perhaps it’s due to him placing his punts better to prevent big returns. Opponent punt return yards did drop from 397 in 2014 to 258 last year.

—I’m not sure what to think of Logan Paulsen’s prospects this year. Before he got injured last year I was hearing that he was on his way out. I wasn’t the only one surprised when he was re-signed. For right now he could end up making the roster as the fourth tight end, although that may depend on whether or not Derek Carrier has recovered from his knee injury.

—Trent Murphy is listed at 290 now and that appears to be pretty close to reality. I don’t see how he is going to be able to put on enough additional weight to get into the 310-320 range that is the ideal for a 3-4 defensive end. I would look for him to play almost exclusively in nickel situations as a 4-3 end.

—The starter at right end in the base 3-4 defense has yet to be determined and it probably won’t be until well into training camp. I would not bet against Ricky Jean Francois claiming the job. He seemed to make a play every time he was in there last year.

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#RedskinsTalk Podcast Episode 40 - Seriously, when will the Redskins pick a coordinator?

#RedskinsTalk Podcast Episode 40 - Seriously, when will the Redskins pick a coordinator?

As the Redskins settle into the offseason without both an offensive and defensive coordinator, JP Finlay and Rich Tandler debate who will get the jobs, and when they will be announced. 

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Redskins defensive coordinator resume: Jason Tarver

Redskins defensive coordinator resume: Jason Tarver

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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