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Need to Know: The five Redskins with the most Pro Bowl appearances

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Need to Know: The five Redskins with the most Pro Bowl appearances

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, January 26, 24 days before the NFL Combine.

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Here are the five Redskins (plus one) with the most Pro Bowl appearances:

LB Chris Hanburger, 9—The Redskins’ most recent Hall of Fame inductee earned first team All-Pro honors four times on top of the Pro Bowl appearances.

WR Charley Taylor, 8—Taylor was drafted as a running back and he was a pretty good one. But Otto Graham moved him to wide receiver and the rest is history including Taylor holding the NFL career record for receptions when he retired with 649.

S Ken Houston, 7—During his career Houston was selected to the Pro Bowl a total of 12 times with five of those coming when he played for the Oilers before being traded to Washington. Perhaps his most impressive feat was returning four interceptions for touchdowns during the 1971 season, tied for the most in NFL history.

CB Darrell Green, 7—The inclination here is to think, “is that all?” I mean, the guy played here for 20 years. Green made three Pro Bowls in his first five years in Washington and then made it twice more when the team made its final Super Bowl run in 1990-1991. But he never quite reached “automatic” selection status and made it just two more times, 1996 and 1997, the last 12 years of his career.

QB Sammy Baugh, 6—If you’re making your list of the all-time greatest Redskins and Baugh isn’t at the top, tear it up and start over because you’re doing it wrong. The Pro Bowl did not exist in 1937, Baugh’s rookie season or he would almost certainly have one more on his record. That year he was first team All-Pro and led the Redskins to the NFL championship.

OT Chris Samuels, 6—He was never described as dominant but he was as rock-solid a left tackle as there was in the league for the decade from 2000-2009. Samuels made the Pro Bowl four straight times from 2005-2008.

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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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