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Redskins Browns 2nd quarter

Redskins Browns 2nd quarter

8:46—This game is flying by in terms of game time vs. real time but in terms of entertainment value, well, not so much. Neither team has been able to put together much of a sustained drive and it's mostly poor offense—penalties, dropped passes, etc.—as opposed to solid defense of any sort. I'm not sure what Jim Zorn's game plan is all about when it means that when you have a drive humming along you throw in an end around to Fred Davis. I guess you want to keep them honest on those runs to the left, but how about giving it to someone with some actual speed.

6:16—Just like last week when the safety #21 of the Rams was shading to Moss' side of the field, #21 of the Browns, Brodney Pool, is doing the same thing.

5:31—It's OK that Portis is getting a rest, but why are you running Rock Cartwright wide on third and three? Maybe Zorn is setting some things up for the second half, but that was a good drive and since it seems that those are going to be few and far between today, I don't understand the extremely conservative call.

4:20—Illegal contact keeps a Cleveland drive alive. Again, neither team is actually earning much offensively. We're almost to halftime and neither team has a serious scoring threat.

3:32—Stallworth had a couple of steps on Smoot and Anderson flat overthrew him. Pressure may have had a little to do with it, but I chalk it up more as another blown chance by the offense.

2:30—There was a flutter of excitement on the 11th punt of the game as Moss lined up deep. He got the Redskins what I think is their best field position of the day with a return to the 33.

2:00—I don't like that at all. Taking the snap with 2:30 left, Portis picks up seven yards and the Redskins let the clock run down to the 2:00 warning. That's another 2-3 plays they are leaving on the table.

0:35—And it continues after Portis breaks off a long run and then they go to Moss on the slip screen. That's three plays in 2:00 of clock time. They finally use a timeout.

0:04—It looked like the worst thing that could happen did as Campbell lost six yards as he stumbled away from center with the Redskins having no timeouts. Before the clock could run down, though, the Browns were called for holding down Campbell, so the clock stopped on the penalty. Suisham will get a shot at a field goal. He missed it as it hit the upright. Horrible clock management.

Redskins 0, Browns 0

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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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