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Need to Know: Kyle says he had 'zero involvement' in Redskins QB decision

Need to Know: Kyle says he had 'zero involvement' in Redskins QB decision

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, December 13, two days before the Washington Redskins visit the Atlanta Falcons.

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Five notes and quotes from yesterday at Redskins Park:

1. Jordan Reed missed practice again with a concussion. He has already missed three games. It would be a shame for him to miss out on the live game snaps for what would be the last six games of the season but perhaps it’s time to put him on injured reserve. It’s 2013 and we now know that a persistent concussion like this certainly is something that you don’t want to mess with.

2. Mike Shanahan was asked if what happens at Redskins Park was impacted by what he sees on TV every night. “I don’t get a chance to watch TV during the season,” he said. That may be true, but don’t think for a second that he isn’t told virtually everything relevant that is said about the team in the media. He gets a report on it every morning from the PR staff. He may not have to wade through the commercials or click on the websites but he knows what the media buzz is.

3. Kyle Shanahan was asked if he had any input into the quarterback change. “I got zero involvement on that,” he said. “I actually game planned for both all Tuesday. It’s a little frustrating game planning for both, but I was told the final decision on Wednesday morning and been rolling with it.” I find it hard to believe that the father did not ask the son his opinion on a decision that would have such an impact on the son. Maybe Kyle didn’t have veto power over the decisions, but “zero involvement” is hard to swallow.

4. Here is another line I just don’t buy from Kyle. “Everybody’s responsible when a guy gets hit,” he said when asked if Robert Griffin III was largely responsible for him getting hit so much. “You can’t, I say this every week, but you can’t ever put a sack on just one guy. It’s not all on Robert. It’s not all on the O-line. It’s on everybody.” But putting a sack on one guy is exactly what coaches do when they grade film. If Polumbus misses a block and his man sacks the QB, it’s on Polumbus. If Griffin stands there in the pocket for 4.5 seconds, it’s on Griffin. If you don’t want to point the finger at one guy in public, fine. Just don’t think that your audience is naïve.

5. Jim Haslett doesn’t think any of his players have checked out but he said that he’s looking for signs and he’ll take action if he sees it. “Guys not hustling to the ball, guys not flying around, not doing what you’re supposed to do. I’ll promise you that, John, if that happens they’re not going to be playing the next week.”

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Stat of the day

—Jordan Reed is second on the team to Pierre Garçon in receptions with 46. If he is shut down for the rest of the season due to his concussion he will have missed the last six games but he likely will still finish the year as the team’s second-leading receiver. Santana Moss and Leonard Hankerson are tied for third with 30 each. Hankerson is on injured reserve and Moss is unlikely to catch 16 more passes this year (he is averaging 2.3 per game).

Timeline

—Days until: Redskins @ Falcons 2; Cowboys @ Redskins 9; Start of NFL free agency 88

—Today’s schedule: Practice 11:50; Mike Shanahan news conference and player availability after practice (approx. 1:30)

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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.

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

There's still time to vote on this one:

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Who will be the Redskins' core offensive players three years from now?

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Who will be the Redskins' core offensive players three years from now?

Just before training camp, I took a stab at figuring out who on the Redskins roster would still be with the team and contributing in the year 2020. Now that the season is over, let’s revisit that look, move it up to 2021, and see how much the picture has changed. The offense is up today, the defense later this week.

The terms used here are mostly self-explanatory. If you want details you can look at this post from a couple of years ago.   

Offense (age as of Week 1 2021)

Potential blue-chip players: Brandon Scherff (29), Morgan Moses (30)
Changes from last prediction: Moses added, removed Trent Williams (33), Jordan Reed (31)

Scherff and Moses both are two young players who should get better with more experience. The right side of the line will be in good hands assuming the Redskins will be able to re-sign Scherff, who will be a free agent following the 2019 season.

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Williams will be 33 in 2021. He can play at a very high level at that age but I think he will be just below the perennial Pro Bowl status he enjoys now. Although I think that the Redskins can still get some good play out of Reed in the next couple of years, it’s hard to imagine him staying productive into his 30’s. He is under contract through 2021 but it’s hard to see him playing in Washington past 2020.

Solid starters: Jamison Crowder (28), Josh Doctson (27), Chris Thompson (30), Williams
Changes: Doctson, Thompson, Williams added, Kirk Cousins (33), Terrelle Pryor (32), Moses removed.

I’m probably higher on Doctson than most. I don’t see him attaining All-Pro status or catching 100 passes in a season but his physical talent is so good that he will be a solid, productive receiver for the next several years. The Redskins will need to find a third receiver but they will have two good ones in Crowder and Doctson.

Third-down back isn’t technically a starting position but Thompson should still be contributing as much to the offense as many starters.

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I think that Cousins will be a solid starter somewhere in 2021 but it is not looking like it will be in Washington. Pryor obviously did not work out and he is very likely to be playing elsewhere next year.

Potential starters: Spencer Long (30), Rob Kelley (28), Samaje Perine (25), Chase Roullier (28)
Changes: Added Roullier, moved Doctson up

Long could be a fixture on the O-line in 2021 or he could be signed by a different team in March. I don’t think that Kelley or Perine will be workhorse backs but either or both could be a part of a tandem. Roullier could move up to the “solid starters” category if he can repeat what he did in a small sample size (7 starts) in 2017.

There are other players who could end up on these lists a year from now. But we haven’t seen enough of 2017 draft picks TE Jeremy Sprinkle or WR Robert Davis to offer an intelligent assessment of where their careers are headed. It’s the same with undrafted linemen Tyler Catalina and Kyle Kalis. They might not make the team in 2018 or they could be competing for starting jobs in 2019.

There also are reserves like Ryan Grant (30) and Ty Nsekhe (35) who still could be on the roster but who would only be spot starters.

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