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Need to Know: Redskins' Kerrigan wants to step up his game

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Need to Know: Redskins' Kerrigan wants to step up his game

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, July 12, 12 days before the Redskins start training camp.

Three and out

Let’s look at a few more storylines as the Redskins get ready to report to Richmond.

—The Stephen Bowen situation will be interesting to follow. He may or may not be ready for training camp as he continues to recover from knee microfracture surgery he had late last year. If he’s not and he starts off on the PUP list, when will he be ready? When looking at this situation you have to consider his $4.4 million salary and cap number of just over $7 million. Although if they were going to release Bowen or negotiate a reduced salary they probably would have done it by now, either still could happen. The DeSean Jackson deal unexpectedly ate into the salary cap cushion and they still might seek some breathing room.

—I don’t think that anyone would call Ryan Kerrigan, the 16th overall pick in the 2011 draft who has 24.5 sacks, 10 forced fumbles and two pick sixes on his resume, a disappointment. But, certainly, he could he could be better and that’s his goal. “I’m tired of being consistent,” Kerrigan told the Mucie, Indiana Star Press. “I want to be consistently really, really good. I don’t want to be just consistently average anymore. I want to be consistently good.” Perhaps the Redskins more aggressive defensive scheme and emphasis on creating turnovers will help him get to the next level.

—Last month Robert Griffin III was asked who the team’s prime offensive weapon is. "I think it's (running back) Alfred (Morris),” he said. “With him, defenses have to make a decision whether to put guys in the box to stop him or leave the box light and allow Alfred to go between the tackles and lure in the safeties. I think it will be interesting to see what defenses do against him." Morris could fail to match his 2013 total of 1,275 yards and Griffin could still be right. If teams do put seven or eight in the box to stop Morris, the Redskins could have a pair of 1,000-yard receivers in Jackson and Pierre Garçon thanks in large part to wide open spaces created by the threat of Morris. If defenses don’t honor the run, then Morris racks up big yardage. It all looks good on paper; we’ll see if they can execute it on the field.

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Timeline

—It’s been 195 days since the Redskins played a game; in 57 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Preseason opener vs. Patriots 26; Final cuts 49; Home opener Jaguars @ Redskins 64

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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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Award Tour: JP & Tandler select Redskins Offensive Player of the Year

Award Tour: JP & Tandler select Redskins Offensive Player of the Year

With the 2017 offseason about to kick into high gear, Redskins Insiders JP Finlay and Rich Tandler are going to take one last look at 2016 in the coming days. That’s right, it’s time to hand out awards for Coach of the Year, Special Teams Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year.

We’ve picked our top coaches and the Special Teams. and defensive POY’s. Today we select the Offensive Player of the Year.

Tandler: I don’t see any need to overthink this. The Redskins set a team record for total offensive yards in a season and it was mostly due to the play of Kirk Cousins. He shattered his own team records in nearly every major passing stat. He was a steady hand as the line underwent some turmoil with the suspension of Trent Williams and injury situations. His primary running backs were a fumble-prone second-year player and an undrafted rookie. The team’s best pass catcher, tight end Jordan Reed, missed four games with injuries and he was obviously hampered by a shoulder injury in a few others. Cousins did slump towards the end of the season and the interception he threw late in the season finale killed off the Redskins’ playoff chances. But he was the one primarily responsible for the team posting winning record in consecutive seasons for the first time in nearly 20 years.

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Finlay: I kinda wanted to overthink this but Tandler yelled at me. DeSean Jackson was arguably the Redskins best threat, and Pierre Garçon was the most dependable player on the team. Jordan Reed showed how great he can be, but injuries limited his performance. In the end, the award goes to Kirk Cousins. It has to. The guy nearly threw for 5,000 yards and he broke his own passing record that he set last season. What happens before the March 1 franchise deadline not withstanding, Cousins was the 'Skins best offensive player in 2016.

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