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Redskins Steelers 3rd Quarter

Redskins Steelers 3rd Quarter

The Redskins have done little to nothing offensively. That's the bad news. The good news is that they're still in it.

14:50—Byron Leftwich is in at QB for the Steelers. Big Ben hit his hand on Golston's helmet just before halftime. We have yet to receive an update in the press box.

12:28—His first pass is a doozie, 50 yards to Nate Washington for a first down at the 11.

Parker 1 run (kick failed)
Steelers 16, Redskins 6

The defensive struggle is over, at least on one side of the ball. That was pretty easy for the Steelers with their backup QB hitting on the bomb and then zipping one to Moore for a third-down conversion. The missed extra point could well come into play but, again, the Skins have to score.

As to Allen's comment on Rogers' hands, yes, but the offense needs to score. They now have one offensive touchdown in six quarters and counting.

8:50—A second-down sack kills the Redskins initial drive of the half before it even gets started. The sacks are starting to mount and the Skins just can't keep operating from the hole.

7:16—The Steelers run a draw on second and 17 from about their own 40. They seem to be content with their 10-point lead. The way the Pittsburgh D is playing, I probably would be, too.

4:10—The Skins have a little something going on offense here after getting their initial third-down conversion of the game.

3:41—But it ends on Campbell's first interception of the year. The ball went through the hands of Portis and into those of Townsend.

3:41—Zorn challenges that the ball was intercepted. It's very close but it does look like Townsend had control just before Portis knocked it out.

1:31—Things are starting to look grim as the Skins waste a sack by Horton by giving up a third and 15 conversion. Another big third down coming up here with four to go.

0:10—The Steelers convert as the third quarter ends.

End of third quarter
Steelers 16, Redskins 6

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Redskins interview another former Chargers defensive coordinator

Redskins interview another former Chargers defensive coordinator

The Redskins continue to cast a wide net in their search for a new defensive coordinator. On Thursday, they interviewed John Pagano, who was recently let go as the defensive coordinator of the Chargers.

Pagano, the brother of Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, has been coaching with the Chargers since 2002. That year he started as a quality control coach and then he was the linebackers coach from 2005-2011. The Chargers fired defensive coordinator Greg Manusky, a current Redskins coach and another candidate to run the defense in Washington, after the 2011 season and Pagano was promoted into that job.

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In Pagano’s five seasons with the Chargers, the performance of the defense was respectable. In terms of total yards, San Diego was in the top 10 twice and only once were they ranked worse than 20th.

The Redskins fired defensive coordinator Joe Barry on January 5. The list of candidates they have interviewed includes Mike Pettine, Gus Bradley, Rob Ryan, Manusky, and Jason Tarver. They are expected to interview former Jets and Bills defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman on Friday.

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None of the candidates they have interviewed have accepted positions with other teams so they are all still in play. There is no timetable for the team to make a decision, although the sense is that the process is coming to a close and will be concluded in the near future.

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Need to Know: How long is too long in the Redskins' defensive coordinator search?

Need to Know: How long is too long in the Redskins' defensive coordinator search?

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, January 20, 97 days before the NFL draft.

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Days until:
NFL franchise tag deadline 40
NFL free agency starts 48
First Sunday of 2017 season 233

Will Pleasant push the defensive coordinator search to a conclusion?

Is the Redskins’ search for a defensive coordinator taking too long? Joe Barry was fired two weeks ago yesterday. The Redskins have made it clear that they want to be very thorough in their search. But taking time creates problems and one just popped up. Assistant defensive back coach Aubrey Pleasant apparently has the option to follow Sean McVay to Los Angeles. But the Redskins want to hold on to him.

The problem is that they don’t want to sign Pleasant to be, say, the cornerbacks coach and tie the hands of the incoming defensive coordinator. They already would like the new guy to keep OLB coach Greg Manusky and ILB coach Kirk Olivadotti. Locking in a third position coach might made it very hard to persuade a quality coordinator to come on board.

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However, they can’t hold Pleasant, who is a young, energetic coach who relates well to the players, back indefinitely. Presumably McVay and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips have a bigger role in mind for him and they won’t wait forever for him to get things resolved in Washington.

But it’s not like the Pleasant situation will need to be resolved by the close of business today. We’re talking days, not hours. How many days? They could lose him due because of the Redskins’ deliberate process if it stretches into sometime early next week. I think the chances are strong that there will be a decision on the new defensive coordinator by, say, the close of business on Tuesday.

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I’ll wrap this up with a quick round of laying out the $100 in casino chips on the various defensive coordinator candidates. Things have changed since I did it on Monday. I’ll still make Greg Manusky the favorite but I’ll drop him down five bucks to $35. I’m downgrading Mike Pettine down to a $10 wager; I’ve heard that the organization was not impressed with his interview. I’m more than doubling the wager on Gus Bradley to $25. It’s been a few days since reports that the Chargers were pressing him for a decision and yet he remains in play. I’m going with $10 on Dennis Thurmon, who is from the school of the aggressive style of play that Jay Gruden is looking for. Rob Ryan gets not a cent and the remaining $20, including John Pagao, who interviewed yesterday, goes on the field.

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