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NTK: The Redskins week that was—Moss' top five, final word on Cousins contract

NTK: The Redskins week that was—Moss' top five, final word on Cousins contract

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, July 23, five days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 195 days ago. It will be 51 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Preseason opener @ Falcons 19; Final roster cut 42; Cowboys @ Redskins 57

The Redskins week that was

NTK: Redskins face a numbers crunch at cornerback—We’re not talking about the team facing the prospect of releasing Pro Bowl corners or anything like that. But after the additions of Josh Norman and Kendall Fuller will push some corners that the team would like to develop off of the 53-man roster. They also like veteran Greg Toler but his prospects look dim; they signed him as a free agent before Norman and Fuller came on board.

Moss ranks top 5 QBs he played with in D.C.—Santana really liked playing with No. 8. No, not the one who will be behind center this year. And not Rex. The other QB he played with who wore No. 8.

Amerson blames video games for struggles with Redskins—My first reaction when I saw this headline was wondering when they put video games in the clubs in downtown DC. Seriously, good for David Amerson. You could see the talent he had but it just wasn’t coming out on the field. Perhaps the Redskins gave up on him too soon but it seems like he needed the jolt of getting cut for him to change his ways and get something out of his abilities.

Was Cousins asking for too much?—Yes, the Redskins best offer of $16 million per year with $24 million guaranteed was not a deal that he ever was going to sign. But his $22 million demand was way out of whack for a quarterback with one year as a starter under his belt. So if both sides have positions that are not in touch with reality and neither shows a willingness to move towards the middle in an effort to reach a deal is anyone being unreasonable? Both sides were perfectly happy to have Cousins play 2016 on the tag and that is what happened.

NTK: The Redskins' top five offseason moves—The organization indicated that nobody was going to be content with a one and done playoff appearance. They backed up the talk with some bold moves (and non-moves) in the offseason.

In case you missed it 

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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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