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Redskins #7—A Cold, Hard Fact?

Redskins #7—A Cold, Hard Fact?

According to the guys at the blog ColdHardFootballFacts.com, the Washington Redskins are the NFL's #7 franchise.

Not this year. Not over the past few years.

Ever.

CHFF rated all 32 current NFL franchises from #32 to #1. The rankings were far from cold, hard facts, although in the introduction they tried to make it sound like they used objective criteria.

So here's what we did: we tackled the challenge of ranking the franchises from the point of view of the fans, using our Misery-to-Joy Theory of Fan Relativity. Essentially, we measured the amount of misery a franchise has forced upon its fans against the amount of celebratory games, moments and titles a franchise has gifted upon its fans.

The fans who have endured the most misery will find their teams at the bottom of the list. The fans who have enjoyed the most celebratory moments will find their teams at the top of the list.

They don't reveal any sort of formula, though, so it seems that a high degree of subjectivity was the order of the day.

Regardless of the method used, the CHFF guys put a lot of work into it and the list is fairly valid. You can't argue much, for example, that the Arizona/Phoenix/St. Louis/Chicago Cardinals are the worst franchise in NFL history. One title in the title game era and that came in 1947. If it's before I was born, and it is, it was a long time ago.

And it's also hard to dispute their ranking of the Green Bay Packers at the top of the heap. Twelve titles, more than anyone else, and they claimed three in a row twice. No other team has accomplished a threepeat even once.

The Redskins were ranked seventh on the strength of their five NFL titles and the fact that those championships came in distinctly different eras. They also have titles in four different decades.

Unlike many, including a lot of Redskins fans, the CHFF crew recalls an upset that was on par with the Giants' win over the Patriots earlier this year.

It never got any better for Redskins fans than it did on: Dec. 13, 1942

The Redskins, 14-point underdogs, pulled off one of the great shockers in pro football history as they bested the undefeated Bears, 14-6, in the 1942 NFL championship game.

The 11-0 Bears entered the game as the single most dominant team in the history of the NFL, outscoring opponents 376 to 84. They were unstoppable … or at least it seemed that way. The Redskins (who were 10-1) not only shut out the juggernaut Bears offense (the only Chicago points came off a fumble forced by the defense), they produced one of the great goal-line stands in history: the Redskins stuffed the Bears on four straight plays after Chicago had reached 1st-and-goal at the 2.

Of the six teams ranked ahead of the Redskins, I have an issue with one of them, the #5 San Francisco 49ers. The Niners have the same number of championships that the Redskins do, five, but all of those came in the 1980's. They entered the NFL in 1950, so they have zero titles—and zero appearances in the championship game—in five of the six decades they've been around. That seems to be a lot of "moments of misery" to me.

But, regardless, seventh still is a pretty good ranking for the Skins. That puts them in the top 25% and that seems to me to be about where they belong.

Hats off to the guys at Cold, Hard Football Facts for having a sense of history that starts before they were born and coming up with some excellent work.

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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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