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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Rookie camp, Preston Smith and a takeover

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Rookie camp, Preston Smith and a takeover

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, May 21, three days before the Washington Redskins start OTAs.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 132 days ago. It will be 114 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: OTAs start 3; Redskins training camp starts 68; Preseason opener @ Falcons 82

The Redskins week that was

Redskins rookie camp roundup—The weather didn’t cooperate with the desire to get a close look at a large number the rookies. The Friday media availability was pushed to Saturday due to a wet forecast. There were two practice sessions scheduled for Friday and just one for Saturday, and that one was cut short by an approaching thunderstorm. But I was there long enough to gather a few observations and tidbits.

The light has turned on for Redskins’ Preston Smith—From the comments I got on this post it looks like Joe Barry gained some new fans thanks to how he dealt with Smith. Good football players have either talent or a good work ethic. Great players have both. Smith could be one of those players with both.

Long-term answers in place at tackle for Redskins—A year ago it looked like the Redskins had their two tackles in place for the long haul. It still does look like that but it’s Morgan Moses opposite Trent Williams, not Brandon Scherff. They should be in good shape for a while.

Tandler Takeover: What I'd do if I ran the Redskins—The main thing I missed on this list was uncoupling the preseason tickets from the regular season tickets and slash the preseason prices. It’s just indefensible to compel fans to pay for low quality practice football in order to get the real thing. Make them separate, charge $20 or $30 bucks each for them, give away a ton to kids, and try to turn it into a fun event. The team might take a bit of a financial hit but the goodwill gained would be well worth the cost.

Skins' Fuller confident he'll make a full recovery—On the one hand it’s unfortunate that the Redskins are going to have to closely monitor their third-round pick’s knee through OTAs, training camp, and the regular season. On the other hand, it’s fortunate that Fuller was dinged up because other wise he never would have been available in the third round.

Tweet of the day

I found this analysis from my friend to be interesting but perhaps a bit far fetched. In 2015 Kirk Cousins (5) scored more rushing touchdowns than the two Redskins tailbacks combined (4).

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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.

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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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