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Need to Know: 'We can't live on what we did last year'

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Need to Know: 'We can't live on what we did last year'

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, September 23, six days before the Redskins visit the Raiders.

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Five key quotes from the locker room yesterday:

1. Aldrick Robinson on his overturned touchdown catch. I’m not completely sure that there was enough video evidence to overturn it. The ball did hit the ground and although it did move you couldn’t tell if his hand was under it at the time. Ed Hochuli called what he saw but perhaps without the indisputable video evidence standard needed to overturn the call on the field being met.

“When I saw the replay, I saw that the ball was sliding on the ground, but I for sure caught the ball. I had the ball in my left hand, but the camera view was on the right side and then I had it in my right-side hand. I secured the catch and I got up knowing that I secured the catch. When everyone was down, I saw that everyone wasn’t as excited as I was, so it was kind of strange to me. When I saw the replay, I saw what everyone else saw.”

2. Robert Griffin III on his split-second decision to dive headfirst rather than slide after running for 21 yards and a first down in Lions territory.

“I think it's just an instinct thing. On the sideline, I slid with [Lions safety Glover] Quin coming after me. I slid feet first because I didn't want him to hit me in the face. On the run I had the fumble on, I went face first because they were a little further away. You can't really be out there thinking about that kind of stuff. You've just got to do what happens when you react and hold onto the ball.”

3. Pierre Garçon with some refreshing, brutal honesty when asked about the team’s 0-3 start:

“This is a job, you have to come out and play. This is a business. If you’re not doing your part, they’ll get rid of you and you will be looking for a job. You never want that to happen.”

4. DeAngelo Hall on the hole the Redskins are in.

“Anything can happen, but you can’t hang your hat on winning seven in a row. We’ve got to come out here and take it one game at a time.  We can’t live on what we did last year. That means nothing right now. We have to look in the mirror and be tough on ourselves.”

5. Back to Griffin, who ran six times for 37 yards, many on designed runs. He was asked if that changed the coverage.

“I don’t know. I know the threat of the quarterback running definitely helps your offense. They have to play different coverages, and they did the rest of the game. It’s something that we have to be able to use. We were able to use it today because we didn’t get behind the sticks and didn’t get behind in the game so fast so it was good. We got to use a lot of our game plan. I thought our offense moved the ball pretty well. We’ve just got to win, period.”


Stat of the day

—Griffin set career highs in pass attempts (50) and completions (32) while becoming the first Redskin in the Super Bowl era to throw for 300 yards or more in three consecutive games.

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Timeline

—Former Redskins head coach Marty Schottenheimer was born on this day in 1943

—Days until: Redskins @ Raiders 6; Redskins @ Cowboys 20; Bears @ Redskins 29

—Today’s schedule: Player availability 11:00 a.m. Mike Shanahan news conference 3:00 televised on Comcast SportsNet

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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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