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Need to Know: If the Redskins draft a quarterback, who leaves?

Need to Know: If the Redskins draft a quarterback, who leaves?

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, April 3, 27 days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock at the NFL draft.

If a QB comes, who goes?

The Redskins might draft another quarterback in the upcoming draft. That’s a possibility, not a certainty. But what is certain is that if they do draft a quarterback they intend to keep on the roster they will have to do something with one of the three quarterbacks who are currently under contract.

It doesn’t appear that Robert Griffin III is going anywhere unless the quarterback the Redskins draft is named Marcus Mariota. We’ll set that aside as an unrealistic scenario right now since it looks more and more like Mariota will be gone by the time Washington’s pick at No. 5 rolls around.

If the QB the Redskins draft is taken somewhere in the middle rounds then the Redskins will have a decision to make. Should they keep Kirk Cousins, who has shown some flashes of superb play interrupted by a tendency to throw interceptions in bunches, or Colt McCoy, who was instrumental in half of the Redskins’ four wins last year but isn’t much more than a career backup?

It seems to me that keeping Cousins is a no-brainer. If Griffin is sidelined for a significant period of time due to injury or ineffectiveness, Cousins is the QB you want in there. McCoy is good for a game or two at a time but between the two of them, Cousins gives the team the best chance of winning.

However, there is no reason to make this decision immediately after the draft. The team could go into training camp with the three veteran quarterbacks and the rookie and see how it shakes out. If another team’s quarterback suffers an injury in a preseason game perhaps they will get an attractive offer for Cousins.

It’s also possible that the Redskins will stick with what they have at quarterback and see how it plays out. That could be a risky strategy since none of the three players they have at the position now are under contract for 2016. But anything can happen and at this particular position anything that happens has ripple effects.

Timeline

—It’s been 96 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 163 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 17; 2015 NFL Draft 27; Redskins training camp starts 118

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Need to Know: Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Giants

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Need to Know: Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Giants

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, November 23, seven days before the Washington Redskins play the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Redskins Kickoff 7:30 NBC Sports Washington; Redskins vs. Giants, NBC, 8:30  

Days until:

—Redskins @ Cowboys Thursday night (11/30) 7
—Redskins @ Chargers (12/10) 17
—Cardinals @ Redskins (12/17) 24

Final thoughts on Redskins vs Giants

Look out for Eli—There are many reasons why the Giants are 2-8 but Eli Manning is not one of them. He isn’t nearly the turnover machine he has been for much of his career. His interception percentage this year is 1.6; he hasn’t been under 2.3 percent interceptions this decade. Manning only has 14 touchdown passes but considering that Odell Beckham, who went out in the fourth game of the season, still leads Giants wide receivers in touchdown receptions, that’s not bad.

Running game stuck—What makes Manning’s performance even more impressive is the fact that he doesn’t get much support from a running game. The Giants are 26th in the league with 920 yards. They have gained some traction lately after installing Orleans Darkwa as the starting running back; he is averaging 4.8 yards per carry for the season and 71 yards per game over the last three games. The Redskins certainly don’t want to let him get going tonight.

Reverting to reality—The Giants ranked 32nd in total defense in 2015. They dropped millions on free agents such as Janoris Jenkins, David Harrison, and Olivier Vernon and jumped to 10th. Now, this year they are 31st and equally bad against the pass (29th) and the run (30th). Health hasn’t been a huge issue, although Vernon has missed a few games and Jenkins was suspended. Redskins fans know full well that spending sprees don’t necessarily make for permanent improvements and Giants fans are learning it this year.

Keys to winning

  • Run the ballThe Redskins are 4-2 this year when rushing for 90 yards or more.
  • Continue to protect the ball—The Redskins have turned the ball over just twice in their last three games.
  • Don’t give them hope—The Chiefs let the Giants hang around last week and New York stole a win. The Redskins need to get on top early and mash down on the gas pedal.

Prediction—It’s hard to see a scenario where the Redskins lose this one. Even in their injury-depleted state they are battling every game and the same can’t be said for their opponents today. The weather forecast is for cold temperatures but not much wind, ideal conditions for Cousins to throw for 300 yards. For once, the Redskins get up early and keep going.

Redskins 31, Giants 13

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Everybody thinks the intentional grounding call against Kirk Cousins was wrong, except Troy Aikman

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Everybody thinks the intentional grounding call against Kirk Cousins was wrong, except Troy Aikman

The referees made a fairly obvious mistake last week in the Redskins loss to the Saints when they flagged Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins for intentional grounding late in the game. 

Let's be honest: the call was terrible.

Cousins never felt a pass rush on the play, and was very obviously throwing the ball away. Jay Gruden talked about the play on Monday, and could not figure out how a flag came out in that situation. 

We had two receivers in the area. Quarterbacks throws it away all the time that are uncatchable balls whether they are in the pocket or not. As long as there is a receiver in the area, you can throw it whether they are looking or not. Guys run bad routes – one guy runs a hitch and he’s supposed to run a go and the quarterback throws the go ball, it’s not grounding. So I don’t know why the confusion.

The NFL even reached out and apologized to Redskins team president Bruce Allen for the blown call, a hollow gesture that did not generate much excitement from Cousins (via 106.7 the Fan). 

Whatever they do to say, ‘we’re sorry, wrong call,’ it’s tough because there’s nobody bringing that up in February or March when we're making decisions about which direction to go with the organization. We appreciate the clarification but you know it really doesn’t do much.

If you're keeping score, the NFL, the Redskins head coach and the Redskins quarterback all know the call was wrong. 

You know who doesn't think the call was wrong? Fox analyst, and former Cowboys Hall of Fame QB, Troy Aikman.

Grounding? Free rusher? Decide for yourself below.