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Vick give Eagles best chance to beat Redskins

Vick give Eagles best chance to beat Redskins

Eagles coach Chip Kelly named Mike Vick to be his team’s starting quarterback for the 2013 season. The Redskins, Philadelphia’s opening-week opponent, should be concerned.

Vick arrived in Philadelphia in 2010, the same season that Mike Shanahan took over as Redskins coach. In that time, Vick has started and finished three games against Washington and the Eagles are 3-0.

The first of those three wins was the best performance of Vick’s career and one of the best games any NFL quarterback has ever had. That came during the Eagles’ 59-28 pounding of the Redskins on Monday night football on November 15, 2010. Vick completed 20 of 28 passes for 333 yards and four touchdowns and he rushed eight times for 80 yards and two touchdowns.

After that game the talk was that Vick would be the Next Big Thing for the second time in his career and Andy Reid was hailed as a genius for reclaiming him off of the scrap heap when nobody else wanted anything to do with him.

Two and a half seasons later Reid has been run out of town and it looked like Vick was going to be pushed onto the same train. He had to take a massive pay cut to stay with the team and compete with Nick Foles for the starting job.

But even as his career declined the Redskins couldn’t beat him. He went 2-0 vs. Washington in 2011, as he completed 42 of 70 passes (60.0%) for 572 yards (8.17 per attempt) with four touchdowns and two interceptions.

The only time that Vick has started a game against the Redskins that his team did not win was in 2010, when he started in Donovan McNabb’s return to Philly but a concussion knocked him out of the game in the second quarter. Kevin Kolb finised up in the Redskins’ 17-12 victory. In 2006 Vick also won the only game he started against the Redskins while he was a member of the Falcons.

Last year Vick was sidelined with a concussion for the first game against the Redskins and by either the concussion or Reid’s decision to go with Foles the second time they played. In any case, the Redskins swept the Eagles with Foles at quarterback for both games.

This does not mean that the Redskins are doomed to lose their opener because Vick is at quarterback. The Redskins did not do much to help themselves offensively in their 2011 losses to Vick’s Eagles. In their first meeting Rex Grossman threw four interceptions and the Redskins mustered just 13 points. In their second meeting the Redskins mustered just 10 points. One might suspect that either Robert Griffin III or, if he’s not ready, Kirk Cousins will be able to put up considerably more points against the Eagles this time around.

But the main reason that Vick gives the Eagles the best chance to win is that despite all of his flaws he’s still a better quarterback that Foles. Whether he’s running Kelly’s new offense or the more conventional Reid offense, Vick is the better choice than a second-year QB on his second new offense.

The Redskins may well have the upper hand in the season opener because it may take some time for Kelly’s system to click. But while they’re waiting for that to happen, Vick gives the Eagles the best chance to win against the Redskins or any other NFL team.

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Redskins plan to interview Rob Ryan for defensive coordinator, per report

Redskins plan to interview Rob Ryan for defensive coordinator, per report

Plenty of Redskins fans wanted the team to interview Rex Ryan for defensive coordinator.

Well, a report shows they aren't talking to Rex, but instead, his brother Rob, according to Albert Breer of MMQB

Rex Ryan's track record as a defensive coordinator is very impressive.

Rob Ryan's track record as a defensive coordinator is, uh, less impressive. 

In 12 seasons as a coordinator, first in Oakland and then with Cleveland, Dallas and New Orleans, Rob Ryan has two Top 5 finishes in yards allowed. He also has finished 31st out of 32 teams in the league in yards allowed three times.

Below is a chart from Pro Football Reference showing his defensive ranks from 2004 when he became coordinator in Oakland all the way through his last job as a coordinator in New Orleans in 2015.


The results aren't pretty.


It should be noted that in 2016, Rob Ryan served as assistant head coach in Buffalo on his brother Rex's staff.

That team's defense finished 19th in yards allowed. 

Gus Bradley and Mike Pettine have interviewed with the Redskins for their vacant defensive coordinator opening.

Washington is also reported to have reached out to Wade Phillips, who took the same position with the Rams, and Steve Wilks, who took the same position with the Carolina Panthers. Internally, outside linebackers coach Greg Manusky also seems to be under some consideration for the position, and a report last week linked former 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula with the Washington defense.

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Award Tour: Tandler & JP name Redskins' Defensive Player of the Year

Award Tour: Tandler & JP name Redskins' Defensive Player of the Year

With the 2017 offseason about to kick into high gear, Redskins Insiders JP Finlay and Rich Tandler are going to take one last look at 2016 in the coming days.

That’s right, it’s time to hand out awards for Coach of the Year, Special Teams Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year.

We’ve picked our top coaches and the Special Teams POY. Today we select the Defensive Player of the Year.

Tandler: This is tough because there were no real standouts on a mediocre unit. Ryan Kerrigan was the only defensive representitive to the Pro Bowl and had 11 sacks but his impact plays were few. You could make a case for Chris Baker, who was the only consistently effective player on the defensive line.

The pick here is Josh Norman.

He also was invisible for long stretches for good reasons. The only quarterback to throw his way more than seven times in the last half of the season was the Bears’ Matt Barkley and Norman made him pay with two interceptions. A Norman pick set up the clincher in the Browns game and he forced a fumble that put the Packers game beyond even an Aaron Rodgers miracle.

Outside of that, he set the tone during the week, staying out a minimum of 30 minutes after every practice, working on his craft.

If the defense can get two or three more players just like Norman they’ll be fine.


Finlay: Norman is a strong pick, but since Tandler stole that selection from me, I will go with Kerrigan.

I've heard the lack of impact plays argument, and don't agree. His strip-sack to end the Eagles game, a win the reeling Redskins desperately needed, was probably a Top 5 defensive play this season. Without that sack, Philly had all the momentum and a chance to knock the 'Skins out of playoff contention. He also played through a number of injuries, starting every game for the sixth straight season.

Baker's name deserves recognition, as does Trent Murphy. The best part of Murphy's eight sack breakout campaign: Excellence is expected of Norman and Kerrigan. With Kerrigan, the expectations are so high that 11 sacks is almost dismissed by some fans and media. Murphy emerged as a viable sack threat for Washington this season, something that he can build upon next year. 


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