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Redskins-Eagles Fourth Quarter

Redskins-Eagles Fourth Quarter

Going backwards after first and goal at the ten. False start on Brown, hold on Samuels, two incompletes, false start on Samuels. Third and goal at the 30 and Gardner drops the ball. 48-yard FG missed.

Then the Skins lose a challenge on the spot of the ball after Pinkston stepped out of bounds before getting a first down. No real explanation from the zebras, but it certainly looked like he stepped out a good yard before the first down marker.

Then the Eagles convert a third and nine on a pass interference by Smoot. Mitchell may or may not have made the catch, and it was a clearly a good call, but it just goes to show you it’s their year.

They got away with a pick on a short TD pass to Westbrook. Owens lined up in the backfield and shielded defenders from the running back. It’s illegal, but it’s rarely going to get called, especially when, sorry to keep on saying it, it’s your year.

It’s really bad when your offense looks to be greatly improved, but it’s still anemic and there are only six points on the board. They just can’t finish off drives. The passing game is pathetically timid, dinks and dunks.

They can’t even get three inches on a quarterback sneak. They lose a foot and, thus, their last chance to pull out a miracle win. A few plays later, Philly scores again.

It seems like a long time ago, but the Redskins had first and goal at the ten on the first play of the fourth quarter with a chance to tie the game with a TD and two-point conversion. That series will go down with the penalty on the Portis TD against the Packers as the microcosm of what went wrong with the 2004 Redskins.

There are some who will look at this as a close loss, a good effort. I think it was a horrible effort, and I’m not one of those “if you didn’t win, nothing counts” guys either. The Redskins had the Eagles on the ropes and let them get away. And, yes, Philly did its part to punch its way our, but it’s as though the Redskins decided to fight with one hand, keeping the other clutched closely to the vest. You just can’t win as a big underdog on the road if you play like that.

And, oh, by the way, you can’t commit 7 penalties for 71 yards in the second half of a close game and expect things to go your way either.

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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. 

Related: NFL Mock Draft 1.0

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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.

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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