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Redskins Cardinals third quarter

Redskins Cardinals third quarter

To bring out a Capt. Obvious cliché here, it's anyone's ballgame. Campbell seems to have cooled off since completing his first eight passes. He's a streaky passer and if he can get it going, the Skins will be fine. If his hot streak isn't due until next week or before the Cards lay a couple of TD's on the board, it's trouble.

14:54—Devin Thomas down there on kickoff coverage, doing a nice job.

13:59—A huge play there for Arizona, a 14-yard pass to convert third and long and a 15-yard roughing the passer flag on top of it. All of a sudden they're in Redskin territory.

12:30—They're still grinding it out with James, moving right downfield.

12:04—Griffin is down on the field, he gets up and walks off under his own power.

12:04—Another third-down chance for the defense. Jason Taylor gives it to them by jumping offside. A third and seven becomes a third and two.

11:57—Springs tips it but Boldin hauls it in anyway. First down at the 20.

10:57—OK, let's try this again. Third and nine at the 19.

10:21—Wow, it was right at the line to gain but they didn't measure. First and goal Arizona.

9:28—One more time. Third and goal at the nine.

9:25—This time they get it done as Taylor tips his second straight pass. Rackers will try a field goal to tie it up.

FG Rackers 26
Redskins 10, Cardinals 10

A 15-play drive, 72 yards, 5:40. The Redskins have to respond. The offense hasn't been on the field for about 40 minutes of real time, so they should be fired up. We'll see if Jansen or Heyer comes in at tackle.

9:20—It's Heyer going back in.

8:42—Five straight handoffs to Portis now going back to the end of the first half and it's third and five.

7:40—Cooley knew right where to go to pick up a first on third and five. Not that it was that hard, they were working after a touchback and he knew where to find the 30.

5:40—I like throwing deep on second and one but there's also something about powering for about seven like Betts just did that is appealing as well.

4:30—Pulling out the bag of tricks with an end around to Thomas and an option pass by Randle El. The first was good for 16, the latter for 11.

3:21—The tight end screen to Cooley had Samuels looking for someone to block and not finding anyone until the play had already gained 12 yards. The 16-yard gain sets up first and goal at about the two and a half.

Yoder 2 pass from Campbell (Suisham kick)
Redskins 17, Cardinals 10

An ungodly play fake to Portis had everyone fooled and Yoder got wide open.

That was a perfect and needed response to a similar Arizona drive to start the half. We're at about three minutes to go in the third and each team has had the ball just once.

Fitzgerald 62 pass from Warner (Rackers kick)
Redskins 17, Cardinals 17

Three plays, 85 yards and it's tied up. I'm not sure where deep center fielder Landry was on that play, I'll check the replay.

Warner had time and Fitzgerald was able to make a double move. Landry thought the pass was going shorter and he didn't realize until it was too late and Doughty was trying to chase Fitzgerald.

1:41—Campbell tries to answer immediately, but Moss was double covered on the deep sideline pattern and he didn't have a shot.

End of third quarter
Redskins 17, Cardinals 17

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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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