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Redskins Eagles 2nd quarter

Redskins Eagles 2nd quarter

A big third and five coming up here for the Redskins. A few months ago, I would say it's two-down territory as they're at the Philly 35, but now you don't know.

14:50—No decision to be made as the bubble screen to Moss gets blown up. As of now, they're sending Suisham out to try a 55-yard field goal with the wind. I smell a quick kick from Plackemeier.

14:05—No, they play it straight and Suisham is well short. The Eagles return the kick to two yards past where the ball was spotted for the attempt so no great harm on that. Still, a quick kick or straight punt seems to be the better call there with a kicker who is losing confidence almost every time he lines up.

9:54—It's not that Portis doesn't get beat up enough, but I wonder why he's not the target of a few more passes per game. He just needs a blocker or two out in front on him and he's good for six or eight yards. Just file with a number of other things I don't understand about Jim Zorn's offense.

3:28—Skins get on the board first with a decent drive. They got a gift to keep it alive when Philly lined up in the neutral zone on third and five and then earned a third-down conversion with a nice swing pass to Betts. It bogged down in the Red Zone, though, and they had to settle for three after a 16-play, 72-yard drive that ate up 8:31.

FG Suisham 33
Redskins 3, Eagles 0

Portis missed a lot of that drive with a bruised hand. They have announced that his return is probable.

2:41—LJ Smith now has dropped two passes with a lot of green grass ahead of him. When things are going the way they are for the Redskins, you take it any way you can get it.

2:16—The Eagles get a first down with the ball short of the 30 after a touchback. No way. Zorn has to use a challenge and there is no way that he should. Philly "made" the first on the measurement but if the nose of the ball isn't to the 30, it's not a first down. We'll see what happens when the ref comes out from under the hood.

2:16—Zorn wins the challenge. They moved the ball back a bit, but is simply was not a first down to begin with. The Eagles will punt.

1:48—Portis back in and rips off a 14-yard run into Philly territory. We're also seeing some urgency here in the two-minute offense.

:26—Jason Fabini executes the famed "look out!" block on Darren Howard and Campbell gets sacked to stall the drive.

This is not shaping up to be the easy Philly win that many anticipated. They Skins have benefitted from a few breaks, to be sure, but the defense is playing well and the offense is moving well enough to give the D a rest. I don't have the play by play, but I don't remember a single Washington three and out.

End of first half
Redskins 3, Eagles 0

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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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