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Need to Know: Longest home win streak for Redskins since RFK days

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Need to Know: Longest home win streak for Redskins since RFK days

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, November 30, seven days before the Washington Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night football.

Notes and numbers from Redskins 20, Giants 14

— The win was the Redskins’ fifth straight at home. They have never won five in a row at home in a single season at FedEx Field. They last had that many straight wins at home in 1991 when they called RFK Stadium home.

—Kirk Cousins threw for 302 yards, his fourth game with over 300 yards this season. The last Redskins quarterback to have that many 300-yard games in a season was Brad Johnson in 1999.

—During the five-game home winning streak Cousins has completed 76 percent of his passes for 1,436 yards with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions. That comes to a passer rating of 114.4.

—Cousins threw a 63-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson in the second quarter. It was Jackson’s 19th career touchdown covering 60 or more yards. That is the fourth-most all-time in the NFL. On the all-time list he trails Bobby Mitchell (20) by one and Jerry Rice (23) by four.

—Ryan Kerrigan recorded two sacks, giving him 44.5 for his career. That moved him past Monte Coleman and into third place on the Redskins all-time sack leaders (note that the NFL started keep sacks as an official stat in 1982).

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Jay Gruden news conference 3 p.m., Comcast SportsNet

Days until: Monday night Cowboys @ Redskins 7; Redskins @ Bears 13; Bills @ Redskins 20

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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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