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Redskins Monday practice report--Down then up for RG3

Redskins Monday practice report--Down then up for RG3

RICHMOND—Here we go with the final practice report from here. They will do a walkthrough on Tuesday morning before heading back to Redskins Park.

—Here is some video of, you guessed it, Brian Baker doing some teaching and some motivating.

—I post a lot of Instagrams with baker for two reasons. First of all, he’s interesting to watch. And he works close to where the media is allowed to stand. I’d love to post some of RG3 and the other quarterbacks but, as you can see from this picture, they do their work quite some distance away. They are at the far end of the other field, in between those two photographers.

—Here are two videos of one on one, backs vs. linebackers in pass protection. The second one shows running backs coach Randy Jordan breaking away from Adam Hayward. However, it doesn’t end well.

—I have to say after being an interception machine early in camp, Colt McCoy has looked a lot better the last couple of days. Today he fired a nice pass Lee Doss on the sideline. Maybe McCoy gained some confidence from his 8 for 9 performance against New England.

—The day of Robert Griffin III did not get off to a good start. In 11 on 11 work the quarterback floated a long pass for Andre Roberts and Bacarri Rambo got an easy pick. In general, he was hesitant to throw and he wasn’t sharp, particularly on sideline patterns where he tended to sail the ball high.

—Morgan Moses still needs work. In one on one blocking drills Adrian Robinson shot right by him. Later he did manage to slow down Ryan Kerrigan but only by applying a choke hold. Moses has some ability but he has a long way to go

—The kicking duel is on. Both Kai Forbath and Zach Hocker boomed some field goals high up into the net. But one of them cracked. Forbath clanked a 50-yard try off of the right upright. Then they moved it back five yards and Hocker booted it right down the middle about two-thirds of the way up the net. Forbath did counter by making his 55-yarder but it wasn’t as far up the net. Advantage Hocker, at least in that one exchange. But what happens in games will be the main separator between the two.

—Griffin started to improve near the end of 7 on 7 work with a few quick completions. He was sharper in red zone work, throwing a fade to Jackson for one touchdown and then finding Jackson in the back of the end zone for another one. Later on in other team work he rolled to his right and found Jackson again.

—On the Jackson pass in the back of the end zone, Chase Minnifield gave the receiver a moderate blow to the helmet with his arm. It wasn’t anything severe but it did draw some “ooh’s” from the crowd. I’m not sure if Minnifield will make the team but if he doesn’t, it won’t be because he’s afraid of or intimidated by anybody.

—And, just because I like the sound and the power on display here, a look at the inside linebackers attacking the sled. They call the sled "Surge". Nothing particularly interesting there, it's just the name that's printed on the front of the pad.

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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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