Quick Links

RG3 "concerns" identified?

RG3 "concerns" identified?

ESPN host Trey Wingo tweeted the following early this afternoon.
Sources telling me the "concerns" about @RGIII have less to do with health of the knee, much more on how the team plans to use him

— trey wingo (@wingoz) August 30, 2013
Shortly after that, ESPN's Adam Schefter followed up with this:
What @wingoz also reports: Dr. Andrews does not want Redskins to expose RGIII's knee to punishment during games.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 30, 2013
So, as some suspected, the "concerns" of Dr. James Andrews that Mike Shanahan referred to last night may not be not medical but had more to do with football strategy and, perhaps, the need for Griffin to do a better job of protecting himself when he runs the ball or scrambles.

Of course, it is impossible for any football player to participate in a game and not expose his knees to some degree of punishment. It doesn't require too much of a leap here to think that in the interest of brevity that the words "excessive" and/or "unnecessary" in front of "punishment" were left out.

Andrews' concerns are not necessarily in conflict with the assertion that his right knee is sound. Griffin tore the ACL in the same knee in 2009 as a sophomore at Baylor. You would certainly expect Andrews to recommend an abundance of caution under those circumstances.

Or are there any concerns at all? Andrews texted a few media organizations, including the Washington Post. "None of it is true. No concerns,” the message read.

Maybe it's a matter of semantics. Perhaps these "concerns" were common sense advice that perhaps Griffin should throw more and run less and when he does run he should quickly look for the nearest sliding area or sideline. And maybe Shanahan is using these "concerns" to slow down the process a bit and establish that the final decision here belongs to him.

And it's hard to blame him for that. The last time Griffin said he could play and Andrews gave the green light Shanahan went along with it and it turned out to be the biggest, most disastrous mistake of the coach's stellar career. It's hard to find issue with him slowing things down a bit and making absolutely sure that starting Griffin is the best thing to do for the long term good of the player and the organization.

It is very likely that Shanahan's answer will be "yes" and Griffin will start a week from Monday but the coach taking his time and making sure of the best way to proceed is the smart thing to do.

Quick Links

#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

Quick Links

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.

More Redskins: Early first-round draft possibilities

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.

Stay up to date on the Redskins! Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page www.Facebook.com/RealRedskins and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.