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Redskins among NFL's most stable teams

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Redskins among NFL's most stable teams

The Redskins have had one of the most stable rosters in the NFL since 2011.

Yes, that is “Redskins” and the concept of “stability” being used in the same statement.

A couple of bloggers at NFL.com took a look at how many players each NFL team had on its current roster who suited up for at least one game at some point during the 2011 season. According to the article, the Redskins have 25 such players, tied with the Packers for the most in the NFL.

I went through and came up with 24 such players. I’m not sure where the difference is as they don’t list the players. It’s possible that they counted Aldrick Robinson, who was moved up from the practice squad to the 53-man roster for the last game of the season but he was inactive and so he did not “suit up”.

In any case, here are the 24 players left from 2011:

  1. Chris Baker
  2. Stephen Bowen
  3. Chris Chester
  4. Barry Cofield
  5. Kedric Golston
  6. DeAngelo Hall
  7. Leonard Hankerson
  8. Roy Helu
  9. Maurice Hurt
  10. Rob Jackson
  11. Jarvis Jenkins
  12. Ryan Kerrigan
  13. Kory Lichtensteiger
  14. Santana Moss
  15. Chris Neild
  16. Brian Orakpo
  17. Niles Paul
  18. Logan Paulsen
  19. Tyler Polumbus
  20. Perry Riley
  21. Evan Royster
  22. Nick Sundberg
  23. Trent Williams
  24. Darrel Young

There seems to be a pretty good chance that most of them will make it past the final cuts in August. Moss, Hurt and Royster could be on the bubble and some players like Bowen and Chester might be forced to choose between taking a cut in pay and being released. There will be some surprises here and there, too.

But even if a few fall by the wayside, the Redskins will still go into the season in the top 25 percent in terms of stability. The group has been through something of a roller coaster ride with the team going 5-11 in 2011, improving to 10-6 and winning the NFC East in 2012 and crashing to 3-13 last year.

All but six of them (Golston, Hall, Jackson, Moss, Orakpo, Young) were brought to the team by Mike Shanahan. Six of them had expiring contracts this spring and have been re-signed by the team (Baker, Hall, Jackson, Moss, Orakpo, Riley) The outcome of Jay Gruden’s first couple of years on the job will hinge largely on the performance of players brought in by his predecessor, who was fired in December.

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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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