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Redskins vs Rams 2nd quarter

Redskins vs Rams 2nd quarter

12:32—

11:15—The offense is moving a bit more fitfully here, but after a nice Betts run and a Randle El reception the Redskins are near midfield. The Rams have been blitzing Ricky Manning to good effect.

10:06—We have our first Zorn moment here as the Redskins will go for it on fourth and one just inside the St. Louis 40. It certainly seems to be a good gamble, as long as he makes it.

9:46—And he does make it by the nose of the football. Was just kidding about the "as long as he makes it" part, it was the way to go.

9:00—I have a drop by Moss and two by Randle El so far. And a second turnover for the Washington offense. Campbell tried to scoop up an errant shotgun snap as it was rolling on the ground instead of falling on it. Contrast that to last week when he took a knee when a play went awry, keeping the Redskins in field goal range for their initial score. Fortunately, the defense is fairly stout so far.

7:34—The defense forced a three and out after the turnover, which is what a good defense does. It's important that the Redskins have turned the ball over twice but the Rams have one first down and zero points after the giveaways.

7:00—The St. Louis defense isn't playing too badly either. They're not jump-up-and-down fired up, but they're playing hard and with good intensity and the unit is keeping the Rams in the game. And we know that the longer you let an underdog hang around. . .

3:59—The Redskins still are unable to sustain anything offensively. This drive fizzled after a 19-yard Campbell scramble on third down seemed to provide a spark. After a five-yard false start on third down, a pass to Betts was three yards shy of the first. It's two steps forward, one step back it it remains a competitive game.

1:08—Jason Fabini is now the Redskins left tackle as Samuels has left with a knee injury. It didn't appear to be very serious, but anything that puts him out of a game, even for a brief period of time, is of concern.

0:26—Chris Cooley just made up for his fumble and his false start penalty with a whale of a catch. It would have been a great over the shoulder job had nobody been near him, but he took a blast from the safety and still held on.

0:09—Unblieveable. Kendall catches a batted pass and tries to make something out of it. He fumbles and the Rams pick it up and go 75 yards for a score. The Redskins will trail going into halftime.

Atogwe 75 fumble return (Brown kick)
Rams 10, Redskins 7

I know it was just instinct, but Kendall had no business catching that ball. The clock would have kept running and the Redskins would have had to spike it and bring on the field goal team. I'm sure next time he'll bat it down.

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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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