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Redskins camp countdown: 19 points allowed per game

Redskins camp countdown: 19 points allowed per game

We’re counting down to the start of training camp here by looking at some numbers that will be keys to the Redskins’ 2014 season.

19—Points allowed per game 

This is another ambitious goal for the Redskins. They allowed 29.9 points per game last year, tied for 30th in the NFL. It is no easy task to shave a touchdown and a field goal off of your points allowed from one season to the next. It will be especially challenging for the Redskins, who might open the season with just three new starters from last year.

A team giving up 19 points per game (304 points) would have tied for fourth in the NFL with the Saints. The Bengals and Chiefs were just behind, giving up 305 points.

Many things will have to fall into place, Jim Haslett’s more aggressive scheme geared towards putting pressure on the quarterback among them. Good health will be important as will players like Jason Hatcher and Brian Orakpo living up to their sizeable contracts.

But it’s not all about the defensive side of the ball. Special teams need to improve. The kicking teams gave up five touchdowns directly and cost the team field position that led to scores on many other occasions. Moving the ball more consistently on offense and avoiding giveaways (34 in 2013, tied for second-worst total in the NFL).

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast - A.J. Francis talks Jay Gruden, Greg Manusky and Kirk Cousins

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast - A.J. Francis talks Jay Gruden, Greg Manusky and Kirk Cousins

Redskins defensive lineman A.J. Francis opens up to JP Finlay on what it's like to play for Jay Gruden, his pick for defensive coordinator, and the latest on Kirk Cousins' contract.

Listen below, and if you'd like to hear more from Francis, check out his pro wrestling podcast Jobbing Out Show here

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Redskins set to interview new defensive coordinator candidate in Dennis Thurman, per report

Redskins set to interview new defensive coordinator candidate in Dennis Thurman, per report

The Redskins have conducted interviews with a number of candidates at defensive coordinator, but a new name emerged Thursday morning. 

Thurman played cornerback in the NFL for nine years from 1978 to 1986, recording 36 career interceptions in 137 games. The bulk of his playing career was spent with the Dallas Cowboys, but he played his final season with the then St. Louis Rams. 

In coaching since 1988, Thurman's coaching career started working with the secondary for the Cardinals before an eight-year run at his alma mater, Southern Cal. From there, Thurman came back to the pros, joining the Ravens coaching staff in 2002 working under Rex Ryan. In 2008, Thurman moved on with Ryan to the New York Jets, and in 2013, was named Jets defensive coordinator In 2014, he went to Buffalo with Ryan to serve as their defensive coordinator when Ryan was named head coach.

In four seasons as a coordinator, two in New York, two in Buffalo, Thurman's defenses ranked no worse than 19th, per Pro Football Reference.

A football lifer like Thurman likely has connections all over the league, but it's interesting to note he has worked with new Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn since 2009. The two were on staffs both with the Jets and the Bills. Another Redskins coordinator candidate Gus Bradley has often been linked with Lynn, though the two have never been on the same staff.

Meeting with Thurman will satisfy the NFL's guidelines to interview minority candidates for coordinator positions. The Rooney Rule, as it was instituted, requires NFL teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching jobs, but only suggests that teams extend the practice to coordinator positions. Washington had set an interview with Carolina's Steve Wilks, but then he was promoted internally to be the Panthers defensive coordinator and the meeting never took place. 

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