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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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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 31-53

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 31-53

At NBCSportsWashington.com, we projected the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offensedefense) right after minicamp.

Now we are taking it one step further and ranking the 53 players we think will make the team.

The rankings are determined by who we think will have the most impact on the 2018 Redskins.

No consideration was given for past performance or for what a particular player might do down the road. We’ll be revealing the rankings between now and the start of training camp. 

<<CLICK HERE FOR OUR 2018 REDSKINS RANKINGS, PLAYERS 53-31>>

Today we’re starting up the list with the players we ranked from 31-53, Here are some of the players in our latest update:

— Seven of the team’s draft picks, including the pick they made last week.     

— All three specialists.

— The team’s leading rusher from 2017.   

<<CLICK HERE FOR OUR 2018 REDSKINS RANKINGS, PLAYERS 53-31>> 

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10 Questions in 10 days: What is Kevin O’Connell's new role in Redskins offense?

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10 Questions in 10 days: What is Kevin O’Connell's new role in Redskins offense?

With Redskins Training Camp set to begin July 26th, JP Finlay takes a look at 10 of the most pressing questions for the Burgundy and Gold. 

No. 10: Major questions at linebacker on Redskins depth chart 

No. 9: What is Kevin O’Connell's new role in Redskins offense?

It might be hard to remember now, but there was a week late last season for the Redskins where most informed people considered Kevin O'Connell on his way out. The talented young quarterbacks coach was being pursued by Chip Kelly to be offensive coordinator at UCLA, and the smart money suggested O'Connell would take the job. 

Except he didn't. 

O'Connell decided to stay with the Redskins and continue to work on Jay Gruden's staff. In turn, Washington promoted O'Connell to passing game coordinator, a new title that likely means much more involvement in game-planning. 

Working for Gruden comes with some perks. Sean McVay ran the offense for Gruden for a few seasons and landed a prime head coaching job with the Rams. McVay has plenty of his own talent, but throughout the NFL, Gruden's offense is widely respected. 

How will O'Connell's influence shape things this fall?

Consider that he deserves some credit for Kirk Cousins improved play out of the pocket in 2017. Now combine a coach that schemes plays for QBs on the move with new Washington passer Alex Smith, a strong runner and serious athlete, and this offense could look much more mobile in 2018. 

Gruden still has the final call on gameday, but O'Connell's voice will matter this year, more so than before. Bill Callahan and Matt Cavanaugh retain their roles and prominence in the offensive game-planning, for sure, but as Washington imports more run-pass option plays and QB movement, know that O'Connell is playing his part. 

Things will look different with Alex Smith running the Redskins offense than they did with Kirk Cousins at the helm. 

Just remember, O'Connell didn't turn down a job in Hollywood for no reason. 

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