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Need to Know: Redskins Park notes--Gruden will make first cuts quickly

Need to Know: Redskins Park notes--Gruden will make first cuts quickly

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, August 22, one day before the Redskins play their third preseason game against the Ravens.

Redskins Park quick hits

The buzz around Redskins Park on Thursday.

—The cut from 90 to 75 has to be done by 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Mike Shanahan generally waited until the deadline to make his cuts, bringing back players to practice after the third preseason game. Redskins coach Jay Gruden will not make players wait and wonder. He will take care of business on Sunday. "Right now the plan is they'll be off Sunday and then for practice we'll hopefully get all the cuts done Sunday on the day off,” he said.

—Sorry I didn’t get this up earlier, here is my spot on PFT Live with Mike Florio from Tuesday, talking about the Redskins, RG3, Alfred Morris and more. I come in at about the 8:00 mark.

—This via Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com: To teams went undefeated in the preseason last year. The Redskins went on to a 3-13 nightmare of a season. The Seahawks went 13-3 and won it all. Maybe someday someone will believe me when I saw that the results of preseason games are meaningless.

—Even if Robert Malone makes the Redskins as the punter, which seems likely, he should rent, maybe week to week. Here’s what Gruden said after bringing in punter Tress Way. “We’ve got the extra spot so why not bring another guy in? And that could be the case quite often throughout the year, depending on how we're doing at the position,” he said. Not exactly a ringing vote of confidence for Mr. Malone.

—Gruden was asked if they have decided how many players they would keep at each position and if deciding on the 53 was a matter of filling in the slots. “There's a varying number that could be at a lot of positions, whether it's three or four running backs or five running backs, could be six, seven wideouts, nine linemen, 10 lineman, six D-linemen, 7 D-linemen,” he said.

—The Ravens’ top three cornerbacks are all out for Saturday’s game. We will see if Robert Griffin III and company can take advantage.

—You may have seen some tweets saying that Lache Seastrunk was not at practice along with some speculation that a strained arch he was suffering from in Richmond had come back. As it turned out, he was not there due to a personal matter. Over the weekend he tweeted that his grandmother had passed away.

If you have any questions about what's going on at Redskins Park, hit me up in the comments. I'll answer all questions as soon as I can get to them. And I'm always on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.
Per Gruden, Moses and Long will work on right side of line, could get 1st team snaps vs Ravens. Hmmm. http://t.co/3CS8kVtIEU #RedskinsTalk

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Timeline

Today’s schedule: Walkthrough at Andrews Air Force Base (closed to public and media) 10 a.m.; Welcome home luncheon at National Harbor noon; Jay Gruden remarks following

—It’s been 236 days since the Redskins played a game; in 16 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Final cuts 8; Home opener vs. Jaguars 23; Redskins @ Eagles 30

In case you missed it

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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.

Related: Redskins offensive coordinator resume: Matt Cavanaugh

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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