Here is what you need to know on this Friday, August 21, eight days before the Washington Redskins play the Baltimore Ravens
Stock up/Stock down vs. the Lions
Here are some who saw their value go up and some who saw it drop during Thursday’s preseason win over the Lions.
Up—LB Houston Bates: A lot of you here have asked me about him and he finally had a game to live up to his fan favorite status. He was one of the first linebackers off the bench and posted three tackles including a sack for a loss of 12 yards.
Down—OL Willie Smith: He got a good chance to shine with a start at left tackle as Trent Williams rested. But he struggled mightily against the Lions and the team likely will seek other options should Williams get injured.
Up—RB Trey Williams: He led the team in rushing with 52 yards on 10 carries, including on he popped for 38 yards. He still needs to maneuver better between the tackles but if he can break off a long run in each of the last two preseason game he could make it very hard to release him on September 5.
Down—G Brandon Scherff: I don’t want to keep banging on the offensive line but Scherff had his struggles, too. On one of three sacks Robert Griffin III took in eight dropbacks was right through Scherff. He did not have a good day but the important thing is that he learns from it.
Up—WR Rashad Ross: The numbers at wide receiver work against him but he led the team with 39 receiving yards on four catches plus a touchdown. He could be working himself into a position where if he doesn’t make this team he will make another team.
Who did I miss? Who do you think played well? Let me know in the comments.
—Today’s schedule: Off day
—It’s been 236 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 23 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.
—Days until: Preseason Redskins @ Ravens 8; final cuts 15; Redskins @ Giants Thursday night 34
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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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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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