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Need to Know: Redskins should want Cooper, Gurley to land outside of division

Need to Know: Redskins should want Cooper, Gurley to land outside of division

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, April 22, eight days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock at the NFL draft.

Question of the day

A few days a week I’ll give an in-depth answer to a question submitted by a fan on my Twitter feed, via the Real Redskins Facebook page, or in the comments section here. On Twitter address the questions to me at @Rich_TandlerCSN with the #NTK hashtag. There will be a comment thread set up on the Facebook page and if you’re asking your question here, put “for NTK” at the start of the comment.

Excellent, fun kind of question, David. In fact, it’s so good that let’s triple up here and look at the player that Redskins fans don’t want to see go to each of their division rivals.

—Giants—Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama I’ve seen this in a few credible mock drafts and it would turn the New York wide receiver corps into a monster. Adding Cooper to Odell Beckham Jr. and a healthy Victor Cruz would give opposing defensive coordinators nightmares both when they’re asleep and when they’re awake. You don’t want them to get West Virginia WR Kevin White either. He's not as polished but he could be better.

—Eagles—Landon Collins, S, Alabama I’m excluding the possibility of another wild Chip Kelly move, a trade up for Marcus Mariota. I think that’s still possible but highly unlikely. Yes, I’ve heard that Collins is not really a fit for the Philly defense but I think with the severe shortage of safeties in this draft they just might take him and figure out how to make it work, thus filling the biggest hole in Philly’s secondary.

—Cowboys—Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia He might not last until the Cowboys’ pick at No. 27 but Jerry will not afraid to throw in some picks to move up assuming the back’s injured knee checks out. If this happens the best running team in the NFL will have lost the league’s leading rusher (DeMarco Murray) and likely end up better off.

Timeline

—It’s been 115 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 144 days until they play another one.

Days until: 2015 NFL Draft 8; Redskins minicamp starts 56; Redskins training camp starts 99

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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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