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Need to Know: Pryor reduces Redskins' margin for error

Need to Know: Pryor reduces Redskins' margin for error

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, September 29, the day the Redskins visit the Raiders.

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1. The Redskins still should be able to beat the Raiders even if Terrelle Pryor plays quarterback for Oakland. But having Pryor in the lineup takes away most, if not all, of the Redskins’ margin for error. If they commit the same types of mental mistakes they did against the Lions, they could well be going into the bye staring at 0-4.

2. I have never seen so much attention paid to eight snaps but I guess it is news if Iron Man London Fletcher sits out even a few snaps without being injured even if he is 38 years old. He took eight plays off against Detroit with Nick Barnett filling in for him. Mike Shanahan was asked bout it twice, Fletcher was asked about it as were Jim Haslett and Barnett himself.

3. Something tells me that Robert Griffin III isn’t going to learn how to slide properly any time soon. I’m not sure you want him to lead with the repaired knee, anyway. As long as he gets down without getting hurt or losing the ball it doesn’t have to look pretty. And it probably won’t.

4. Although he is listed as questionable, it would be surprising if Jordan Reed is active today. He didn’t look very good in the portion of practice that reporters could see on Friday and it seems likely that he will sit out a week after taking a helmet to his thigh against the Lions. It will be a big game for Fred Davis if he can play (questionable, ankle). After playing just 16 snaps against the Packers and missing last week’s game with that ankle, this could be Davis’ opportunity to make a case that he should get more playing time. A six-catch effort for 75 yards and a touchdown would do his stock a world of good.

5. It’s hard to see the Redskins all of a sudden busting out and playing a great game today although you never know. They played pretty well the game after they fell to 3-6 last year. They beat the Eagles 31-6, posting by far their largest margin of victory of the season. Griffin had just one incomplete pass and he posted a perfect quarterback rating. The Redskins’ defense sacked Nick Foles four times and picked him off twice. LeSean McCoy rushed for 45 yards on 15 carries before being knocked out of the game with a concussion. The Redskins will glad accept a similar result today.

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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.

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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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