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Redskins interested in Byrd but asking price may be prohibitive

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Redskins interested in Byrd but asking price may be prohibitive

Bills safety Jairus Byrd is at or near the top of most fee agent rankings and after Buffalo decided not to give him the franchise tag, many have been wondering who would pursue him and how much money he would be looking for.

We have a partial answer to the former question and the answer to the second is not particularly surprising.

ESPN.com is reporting that Byrd is seeking an average annual salary of $9 million. That would make him the second-highest paid safety in the game, just behind Eric Berry of the Chiefs. It was widely expected that he would try to become one of the top-paid safeties in the game so this report confirms that.

Among the teams said to be interested in Byrd are the Dolphins and Rams and, according to the Washington Post, the Redskins.

The Redskins certainly do have a need at safety as both of last year’s starters are free agents and the backups who are on the roster have not shown that they are capable of starting. But $9 million per year would be tough for a team with about $22 million in salary cap room and a lot of needs to fill.

It’s possible that with Byrd and with Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib, who also is looking for a salary in the $9 to $10 million range, the Redskins are not in the bidding at the current asking price. They may just want to be in the game if the prices should drop. If Byrd doesn’t get what he’s looking for and if he doesn’t his contract could come down to a level where he would represent a good value.

As the process unfolds, don’t take whatever you hear at face value. “Interest” does not mean “pay whatever it takes to get the guy”.

Oh, and most importantly: Believe what you see and not what you hear.

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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.

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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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