The Redskins went into the pre-training camp break with the same 90 players they had on the roster prior to OTAs. That means that Darrel Young remains the only fullback on the roster.
Some might look at that as good news for Young. Not having competition for your job could take a lot of the pressure off. But not if your job could be eliminated.
According to Football Outsiders Jay Gruden’s Bengals lined up in 11 personnel (one running back, one tight end, three wide receivers) on 40 percent of their plays and in 12 personnel (1 RB, 2 TE, 2 WR) on 43 percent.
So on 83 percent of the offensive plays the Bengals utilized just one running back. And almost all of the running back snaps went to tailbacks Giovani Bernard (627 snaps, 51%) and BenJarvus Green-Ellis (472 snaps, 38 percent). Two players took snaps at fullback and they both were very much part-timers on offense. Orson Charles, listed as a tight end, played 67 snaps (5%) and Domata Peko played 16. Peko also started 16 games at defensive tackle.
If Gruden plans on using the fullback in a similar manner, he may decide not to keep a fullback on the roster at all.
He could use training camp and the preseason to evaluate his options. Tight ends Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul have lined up at fullback from time to time in the past and almost certainly will line up there in July and August. Perhaps Gruden will seek out some to fill the role that the 6-3, 322-lb. Peko did in Cincinnati. How would outside linebackers react to seeing Chris Baker (6-2, 325) barreling towards them on a kickout block?
One important difference between the 2013 Bengals and this year’s Redskins should be noted. In Cincinnati Gruden had one Pro Bowl tight end in Jermaine Gresham and a first-round pick in Tyler Eifert. Here Gruden does have Jordan Reed, who has Pro Bowl potential. But Paulsen and Paul are role players and Gruden might not want to run with two tight ends as frequently as they did in his old job.
Because of that and due to the fact that he is a valued contributor on special teams, odds are that Young stays around this year. But Gruden will have plenty of practice and game reps to experiment with alternatives so Young’s 2014 status remains up in the air.
The Redskins have set up another interview with a candidate to fill their vacant defensive coordinator position.
According to the Washington Post, Jason Tarver, the defensive coordinator of the Raiders from 2012-2014, will meet with the organization. The date of the interview is not known.
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Before joining the Raiders, Tarver coached in college for five years before the 49ers hired him as a quality control coach. He worked his way up to become the outside linebackers coach, a position he held from 2005-2010. Scot McCloughan was the GM of the 49ers while Tarver was coaching there.
After a year as a defensive coordinator in the college ranks at Stanford, Tarver was hired as the Raiders’ defensive coordinator. He was a defensive assistant for the 2015 49ers and he was out of football last season.
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The Redskins have announced interviews with former Browns head coach Mike Pettine and ex-Jaguars coach Gus Bradley. It was reported earlier today that they also will meet with Rob Ryan, most recently the Bills’ defensive coordinator.
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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.
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The results aren't pretty.
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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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