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Media Money Moving Towards Moving Up

Media Money Moving Towards Moving Up

It's beyond a buzz, it's starting to become a deafening roar. Voices in the media claiming that the Redskins made the trade to acquire Denver's first-round pick in order to package it with their own pick and #9 and move into the top few selections. Their target there is supposedly Michigan WR Braylon Edwards.

This buzz is not eminating strictly from the rumormongering draft Websites rags (although it's at a fever pitch there), but some of the more mainstream media are jumping on the Edwards to the Skins bandwagon. Jay Glazer at FoxSports.com, who was among the first to have the story of Gibbs' return as coach, wrote the following:

FOXSports.com has learned that the Redskins phoned teams in the top four on Wednesday, including the 49ers , who own the first pick, to inquire about moving up to one of the crown jewel selections of the draft. While the Redskins have not told teams who they covet, front office sources said they are trying to make a move for Michigan WR Braylon Edwards.

The Redskins have long been wheelers and dealers, so attempting to make their second move into the first round this week should come as no surprise.Wheelers and dealers? In the draft? Well, let's see. They traded down a couple of times in '2002, the year they wound up with Patrick Ramsey with the last pick of the first round. In 2000 they dealt a couple of first rounders to move up to #3 and took Chris Sameuls. They've dealt the pick away for veterans a couple of times, notably for Laveranues Coles in 2003 and for Sean Gilbert in 1996.

But other than '00, the last time they made a major move up in the draft was in 1992, when Gibbs pushed for a deal that spent two first-round picks to ensure that they would get another Michigan receiver, Desmond Howard. Sure, the rational side of you says you should ignore what happened 13 years ago and make decisions based on today. But something tells me that Joe Gibbs (again, he's the one making the decisions here) would have a very, very difficult time pulling the trigger on a move up for another Michigan WR given the bust that Howard turned out to be.

Oh, and where are these "front office sources" that are feeding the information that Edwards is the apple of the Redskins' eye from? On a first, quick reading, you think that he'd talking about Redskins team sources. But he doesn't say that. If they are Redskins team sources, might they not be engaged in the disinformation campaigns we're so accustomed to seeing this time of year. If they're from another team, how in the heck do they know what the Redskins are up to? And if they did, why would they tell Glazer?

Certainly, Glazer isn't alone in thinking that this will happen. From an online chat with the Post's beat reporter: Washington, D.C.: Will Braylon Edwards be a Washington Redskin on Saturday?

Jason LaCanfora: My gut feeling is yes.It's important to note that this was a chat and LaCanfora has the freedom to give more opinion and less fact. Still, it was a pretty strong statement.

But look at what's being "reported" here; we have gut feelings, inquiries, sources, "no surprise". Not exactly cold, hard facts we're dealing with here.

The last time we heard this much move-up talk was in that '02 draft when the Skins were supposedly trying to move up to take Joey Harrington despite the fact that they lacked the ammunition to do so. Or was it last year when they were going to jump up a couple of spots to take tackle Robert Gallery, despite the presence of two Pro Bowl calibre starters at that position?

And what were these stories based on? You guessed it, gut feelings, inquiries, unnamed sources and an alledged reputation as wheelers and dealers. Some of the actors change, but the stage is the same and the plot line varies only slightly.

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Scot McCloughan simply said what plenty of others think about Kirk Cousins

Scot McCloughan simply said what plenty of others think about Kirk Cousins

Redskins fans were frenzied when Scot McCloughan said that Kirk Cousins is a good quarterback, but not a special one. The #KirkHive shuddered and the Kirk Haters celebrated.

McCloughan, the former Redskins GM who's wildly popular with fans, explained what few people will say publicly: Cousins is a skilled player but probably not deserving of the money he might make in free agency. 

Let's start with the obvious: Cousins is good.

He's a durable passer in a league that doesn't have enough of them. He's started the last 49 games for the Redskins and thrown for more than 4,000 yards each of the past three seasons. 

Now more obvious: He isn't great.

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Bleacher Report's Chris Simms, speaking on the #RedskinsTalk podcast, said Cousins ranks about 12th among NFL passers. It's top half of the league, but it's not Top 5 or even Top 10. 

Cousins has had tremendous games with the Redskins, like a near perfect performance against Oakland in 2017 or a dominant performance against Green Bay in 2016. 

Cousins has also been awful, as recently as Week 17 in New York a few weeks ago, or an equally stinky Week 17 game against the Giants two seasons ago. 

While some might view McCloughan's statement as controversial — "He’s a good player. Is he special? I don’t see special," he told Denver radio station 104.3 the Fan — it's not. 

Plenty of people agree with McCloughan, including some in Redskins Park. Last year, a source told NBC Sports Washington that the team believed they could get nearly as much production from Colt McCoy as Cousins provided. 

Even this year, Washington head coach Jay Gruden offered lukewarm praise of his quarterback.

When the season ended, asked to evaluate Cousins' play, the coach said, "When you’re 7-9, it’s hard to say, ‘Wow, this guy really was outstanding.’ There’s a few guys obviously that jump out, Pro Bowlers like Ryan Kerrigan had a solid year. Obviously Trent [Williams] when he played was a Pro Bowl-type and Brandon [Scherff] when he was healthy was a Pro Bowl-type guy. Kirk had his flashes where he was really good. From a consistent standpoint, over the course of 16 games, you know, we’re 7-9."

That quote made headlines when Gruden said it, much like McCloughan's comments now are circulating faster than Beltway traffic. 

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Truth is, it's not new. And it's not news.

There are coaches that think Cousins is only scratching the surface of his capabilities. Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay come to mind, but both of those coaches have other QBs likely for the long-term future. 

Cousins might end up being paid like a Top 3 quarterback in the NFL, and that might be the right move given the demand at the position. Will that make him a special passer?

Not if special is defined as Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees. Even Cousins wouldn't argue with that.

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Redskins Fan of the Year bracket: Which Washington supporter deserves the title?

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Redskins Fan of the Year bracket: Which Washington supporter deserves the title?

Every week during the 2017 Redskins season, NBC Sports Washington found two Redskins fans in the crowd and paired them in a head-to-head matchup on Twitter to determine the fan of the game.

And now that the season is over, it's time to take each of those winners, throw them into a NCAA Tournament-style bracket and let Twitter pick the Redskins Fan of the Year.

Starting on January 8 over on the @NBCSRedskins Twitter account, one matchup a day will be posted at 11 a.m., and fans will have 24 hours to vote for their favorite supporter by retweeting or liking depending on their preference. Week 1's winner will face off with Week 17's, Week 2's will play Week 16's, etc.

The winners will advance, and eventually, one member of the Burgundy and Gold faithful will stand above all the rest, earning the coveted title of Redskins Fan of the Year. 

Check out the results below, which'll be updated every day. To see the tweet that corresponded with each matchup, click the link after the date, but remember, retweets and likes submitted after the 24-hour period won't be counted.

ELITE 8 RESULTS

January 18: Round two, matchup one

The first Elite 8 matchup was... not close:

January 19: Round two, matchup two

The Elite 8's second tilt is underway. Vote now:


FIRST ROUND RESULTS

January 8: Round one, matchup one

This was a close one that came down to the last-minute, but at the 24-hour mark, Week 17's winner garnered justtttttttt enough retweets to move on.

January 9: Round one, matchup two

In this tournament, a giant Redskins chain is apparently worth more than a giant football hat.

January 10: Round one, matchup three

In the tournament's third showdown, we have our first winner from the Likes side:

January 11: Round one, matchup four

Was there anyway she wasn't gonna win, especially with the little Hogettes nose?

January 12: Round one, matchup five

Our fifth matchup's winner earned the most retweets of anyone up to this point:

January 15: Round one, matchup six

These three 'Skins fans had to witness Washington's Thursday night flop in Dallas, so it's only fair that they get to advance to the second round:

January 16: Round one, matchup seven

You'd think a turkey hat would be enough to capture a W, but not in this one:

January 17: Round one, matchup eight

The Elite 8 is now set with this showdown going to the retweets side: