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Ranking the Redskins #9 - #16

Ranking the Redskins #9 - #16

Who are the Redskins’ best players and who are the ones who are starting just because there isn’t enough talent to push them out? If another team had a shot at anyone on the Redskins’ roster to use for the 2005 season, who would they gobble up and who would they say thanks, but no thanks to?

To help answer this, the Redskins starters were ranked from the most expendable to the most valuable. Today, the middle of the pack, #9-#16.

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In inverse order, here are my rankings of the Redskins 24 starters, including punter and kicker, based on what they might do in 2006. Their 2005 rankings here (Part 1, Part 2), where applicable, are in parenthesis:

16. DE Phillip Daniels (18)—At age 33, which is the real Daniels? The one who spend most of the 2004 on the injured list or the one who started 16 games last year and racked up eight sacks, four in the key won over Dallas?

15. WR Antwaan Randle El (NR)—We’re going with a 3-WR, one TE and one running back set here. This is looking at Randle El strictly as a receiver, not taking into account his return skills, which will be his major value to the team.

14. CB Shawn Springs (4)—He was great in ’04, good last year. With his 31st birthday in the rear view mirror, will the decline continue?

13. WR Brandon Lloyd (NR)—In San Francisco, Lloyd displayed a knack for both the spectacular catch and the drop of the easy one. He needs to get rid of the latter tendency so that it doesn’t undo the good of the former.

12. LB Lemar Marshall (24)—He was the lowest-ranked Redskin here last year primarily because he had never taken an NFL snap at middle linebacker at the time. Marshall proved to be a quick study and became a playmaker, leading the team in interceptions.

11. T Jon Jansen (6)—His comeback season was a little bit off from his pre-2004 standards, as he had to deal with a broken thumb on each hand. While his holding calls were down, so was his overall effectiveness.

10. TE Chris Cooley (8)—With the weapons the Redskins added on offense, Cooley could play better this year than last, but catch fewer passes.

9. S Adam Archuleta (NR)—This may be a bit higher ranking than his coverage skills warrant, but his potential to be a force blitzing and run stopping in Gregg Williams’ defense moves him up the list.

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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. 

Related: NFL Mock Draft 1.0

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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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