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The list goes on. And on and on and on.

In a little over a month, the Redskins have repeatedly made headlines, and not in a good way. The volume got amplified when the Redskins claimed Reuben Foster just days after his second domestic violence arrest, but even before that, discord existed between some of the team's best players and the Redskins fans. 

The Foster situation was a true mess, a national story that showed tone deaf maneuvering from the team. And things just got worse from there. Mason Foster made a series of disparaging private comments about his own team, and the fanbase, which got leaked out into the open. That was a mess. 

Most teams deal with maybe one or two of these type of situations in a season, but for the Redskins, things were just heating up.

"Every week was a circus for the last six weeks," cornerback Josh Norman said Wednesday. 

Safety Montae Nicholson was arrested last week for assault and suspended for the rest of the season. Then, after a tough Week 16 loss to Tennessee with Blaine Gabbert at quarterback, Pro Bowl alternate safety DJ Swearinger criticized the team's defensive coordinator. It wasn't the first time this season Swearinger made critical comments, but it was the last time.

The Redskins released Swearinger on Monday. That was a major move. 

 

That was supposed to be the big story this week. That, and maybe some fallout from Josh Norman's altercation with Titans OL Taylor Lewan

But that stuff all got pushed to the backburner when news emerged that the Redskins fired Chief Operating Officer Brian Lafemina along with a trio of other senior business officials. 

These guys got hired earlier this year, and weren't even given a full football season to implement their strategy. Huh?

The moves just bring more questions and looking ahead, there aren't that many answers.

Who will play quarterback in 2019? What about free agents like Jamison Crowder and Preston Smith? The Redskins need to completely overhaul their secondary, and might not have much cash for free agent help. 

Now, with the ouster of Lafemina, what happens with ticket sales and the search for a new stadium? Does Bruce Allen take back over the business duties in addition to running the football operation?

It would be nice to get direct questions from Allen or Redskins leadership, but that hasn't happened. There will also be decisions made on the coaching staff, and the normal ebb and flow of coaching and scouting changes in the offseason. 

Each year, Jay Gruden meets with Washington owner Dan Snyder once the season ends. That will happen next week. What will the outcome of that meeting be?

The questions are mounting for the Redskins. The answers are hard to find. 

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