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Will Scot McCloughan situation steer Kirk Cousins, free agents away from Redskins?

Will Scot McCloughan situation steer Kirk Cousins, free agents away from Redskins?

The Redskins appear to be in full-blown turmoil as they approach a very critical time of the year.

We know that general manager Scot McCloughan missed at least the start of the combine and it appears that he will miss the entire event. There are reports by 106.7 The Fan, denied by McCloughan and others, that McCloughan has been absent from Redskins Park since February 20. All of this is on the heels of reports that the power of Jay Gruden and Bruce Allen is on the rise while McCloughan’s authority is shrinking.

The perception is that the franchise is in disarray. And when it comes to players who are evaluating whether to continue being employed by the Redskins and prospective free agents from other teams who might want to come to Washington, perception is reality.

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How is Kirk Cousins, who has about four months to decide whether he wants to remain with the Redskins for the long term, perceiving this? He has been with the organization for five years and there was turmoil in the beginning with the Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan battles and now there appear to be more problems brewing now. Why would he be excited about signing up for more of this?

Regarding Cousins, it should be noted that the team said to be most interested in acquiring him, the 49ers, haven’t been the model of consistency lately. Kyle Shanahan is the team’s fourth head coach in the last four seasons and they hired a TV analyst with zero front office experience to be the GM. Should he decide to leave for San Francisco, Cousins could be jump out of the frying pan and into the fire.

Back to the big picture, are Pierre Garçon and Chris Baker looking at this and shaking their heads? Do they want to sign up for three or four more years of this? Can they have confidence that the front office can assemble a winner so they have a shot at some success?

More Redskins: Will the Redskins risk the downside of letting Cousins go?

And you have to wonder what potential free agent targets from other teams are thinking about all of this. Getting a player to come on board is a sales job and having a functional, stable organization can be a major selling point. If you don’t have one you need to hope that’s not high on the player’s list. The team can contact agents for players starting Tuesday morning. The team can arrange for visits and talk to players on the phone a week from today. You have to think that they will have questions about who is in charge. Will the Redskins have to pay a dysfunction premium on contracts to get players to come to Washington?

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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.

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Fantasy Football -- Thanksgiving Day plan

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Fantasy Football -- Thanksgiving Day plan

The Week 12 fantasy football rankings are out -- but when it comes to Thanksgiving Day, everyone wants some player regardless of where they slot overall. Don't overthink it and take a lesser player, but for those on the fence or simply looking for Thursday action, here are some recommendations for all three games.

Vikings @ Lions

Obvious: Vikings -- Wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs... running backs Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon are in the RB2/Flex discussion for most, but good luck picking between them; Lions -- Wide receiver Golden Tate and ... wide receiver Marvin Jones works in three-WR formats while quarterback Matthew Stafford is No. 14 among passers this week.

Start: Case Keenum averaged 19.3 points over the last four games while the Lions have allowed ample points to fantasy quarterbacks in that stretch, though only three touchdown passes. Having Thielen and Diggs up the potential for Keenum, who is QB17 in the Week 12 rankings. That's comparable with Matthew Stafford (QB14), Andy Dalton, Jacoby Brissett and ahead of Derek Carr.

Add: Not sure there's any fringe skill player worth taking a flyer on so take a look at Vikings kicker Kai Forbath. He's attempted at least three field goals in four of his last five games and he kicked five extra points in the lone exception. ... Some will start Ameer Abdullah based on their options, but just know the Vikings allow the second fewest points to fantasy tight ends this season.

Chargers @ Cowboys

Obvious: Chargers -- running back Melvin Gordon and wide receiver Keenan Allen; Cowboys -- Wide receiver Dez Bryant, running back Alfred Morris and... quarterback Dak Prescott, though his production is down without running back Ezekiel Elliott and left tackle Tyron Smith.

Start: This hasn't been a vintage Philip Rivers season, but he's coming off his best performance (251 yards, two touchdown passes) since Week 5. The Cowboys aren't that special in the secondary and have surrendered two touchdown passes in three consecutive games. At QB13, he's on the cusp of QB1 status in 12-team leagues. 

Add: Kickers Nick Novak (Chargers) and Mike Nugent (Cowboys) are 15th and 16th respectively. So, there's that. 

Giants @ Redskins

The obvious: Giants -- tight end Evan Engram and... running back Orleans Darkwa is a viable RB2 option against a Redskins defense giving up gobs of yards on the ground; Redskins -- quarterback Kirk Cousins, tight Vernon Davis and...running back Samaje Perine is RB12 this week, though listed as questionable on the injury report with a finger issue.

Start: Jordan Reed is out for a fourth consecutive game, meaning Vernon Davis once again is Washington's main tight end. While he hasn't provided wow performances like Reed at his Pro Bowl best, Davis has been good for a solid 8-11 since taking on a larger role starting in Week 3. This could be his best statistical week of the season. The Giants allow the most points to fantasy tight ends on the season. Opposing tight ends scored a touchdown in each of the first 10 games before the streak snapped Sunday.

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Add: Josh Doctson is only owned in 55 percent of leagues on CBS even though he's moved into the role of Washington's top outside receiver. The second-year player had four receptions for 81 yards in Sunday's overtime loss, though all the production came in the first half. Consistency is the next step, but Kirk Cousins is showing more and more confidence in the 6'3" target especially on 50-50 balls. Doctson is WR36 in my Week 12 rankings, meaning he's worth starting consideration in three-WR formats regardless.