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49ers interest in Kirk Cousins waning? Report links San Fran with new QB

49ers interest in Kirk Cousins waning? Report links San Fran with new QB

A few weeks back shockwaves came through Redskins fans as ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that San Francisco, with Kyle Shanahan as coach, would make a strong push to land Kirk Cousins, either via free agency or trade. A trade that could even include the No. 2 overall pick. 

Now it seems the 49ers are considering a new direction at quarterback.

Schaub is set to be a free agent after the Super Bowl. He spent this season as Matt Ryan's backup in Atlanta, and has only started two games in the last three seasons bouncing between the Falcons, Baltimore and Oakland. He was benched in 2013 as the Texans starter, but when Schaub and Shanahan worked together in Houston, the duo produced some strong numbers. 

His best year came in 2009, when Schaub threw for 4,770 yards, completing nearly 68 percent of his passes to go with 29 touchdowns against 15 interceptions. Those numbers sound familiar? Cousins threw for 4,917, completing 67 percent of his passes to go with 25 TDs against 12 INTs in 2016.

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Moving for Schaub makes sense for Shanahan and San Francisco. Clearly Schaub knows Shanahan's system, both from their days in Houston and this season in Atlanta. It helps that Schaub will likely be available cheap.

Cousins, on the other hand, will not come cheap, and that's if he's even available.

It seems highly unlikely Washington will let their QB hit free agency this season, especially with the franchise tag again at the team's disposal. Redskins brass continues to say a long-term contract for Cousins is in the works, even if talks haven't begun yet. A trade offer for Cousins would need to include a package of draft picks. 

The Niners interest in Schaub does not rule out a possible pursuit of Cousins. In fact, Schaub could be a good veteran backup for Cousins, a seasoned voice to talk through ideas, coverages and problems.

Regardless of what happens between San Francisco and Schaub, Cousins will be hard to get. 


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Maryland Gov. Hogan wants new Redskins stadium, but won't use public money

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Maryland Gov. Hogan wants new Redskins stadium, but won't use public money

As attendance slumps at FedEx Field this season it's become quite clear the Redskins need a new stadium. By all accounts the team is working hard towards that end. 

News emerged last week that the Redskins are working with the Trump administration and D.C. government officials to get back to the RFK Stadium site. It's far from a done deal, but there is some progress. 

Fans remember RFK fondly, as it was the site of the team's greatest seasons. Every Super Bowl team the Redskins ever fielded called the East Capitol Street stadium home. 

Since 1997, however, the Redskins have played at FedEx Field in Maryland, and it appears Governor Larry Hogan doesn't want to lose the team either. Speaking with reporters, Hogan revealed his plans to get a new stadium adjacent to the MGM National Harbor casino in Oxon Hill. 

The Washington Post reported that Hogan has begun the process of a potential "land swap" with the federal government. Maryland would surrender lands in the western portion of the state in return for the parcel of land next to the casino to develop a new Redskins stadium. 

Nothing is official, but conversations have been ongoing between the Hogan administration and the Department of the Interior. There is one important caveat, however, that Hogan wanted to make clear. 

"We are not going to build a billionaire’s stadium, either,” ­Hogan said. “We have no interest whatsoever, and there have been no discussions, ever, about us spending one penny in construction."

The Redskins' lease at FedEx Field runs through 2027, but sources have told NBC Sports Washington that if the team builds a new stadium in Prince Georges County, those terms could change. The Oxon Cove site would be in Prince Georges County. 


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As Redskins offense continues to struggle, Jay Gruden reveals 'the curse'

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As Redskins offense continues to struggle, Jay Gruden reveals 'the curse'

The Redskins average fewer than 20 points-per-game. The Redskins rank 27th in the NFL in yards-per-game. The stats are bad for the Washington offense, and watching the games, it makes sense. 

For a Jay Gruden team, it's odd that the Redskins can't move the ball. Even when Alex Smith was healthy at quarterback, the offense still struggled. 

Watching the games all season, the offense has often been ugly. On Wednesday, Gruden revealed what he believes to be the root cause for the problems. 

"The big thing is we have way, way too many negative runs. Negative runs have been the death, that and penalties, both of those two things have been the curse of this offense and that kills our drives, that kills our momentum, that kills our ability to call plays, keeping everything open in the playbook," Gruden said. 

The coach isn't wrong. 

The Redskins have 24 false start penalties in 13 games, 2nd in the NFL. The Redskins have 27 offensive holding penalties, the most in the NFL. 

Penalties have been a persistent problem all season, as have the negative runs. 

Using data from the NFL, the Redskins have 19 negative rushes when they run to the right. That's tied for the worst in the league. The Redskins have another 26 negative runs to the center or left of the offensive line. 

Teams can't win when they don't run the football, and the Redskins can't run the football with their current penalty problems and negative plays. 

"When you have second and 18, and third and 15, your playbook goes down," Gruden said. "When you're first and 10, second and six and third and two, everything is open and we haven’t had that luxury."