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And the winner is -- The most engaging Redskins stories of 2016

And the winner is -- The most engaging Redskins stories of 2016

2016 was a strong year for the Redskins, an NFC East title in January and the team playing for a Wild Card spot in December. What 'Skins stories stood out most? 

Before any readers get mad about the frequency of Robert Griffin III appearances, remember, these are the stories you clicked on, commented on, and shared via social media. Point that finger at yourself, or at least your buddy who always clicks on dumb stuff. 

Lastly, since just presenting a list of old stories is kinda tired, the top posts of 2016 will be presented like an award's show. Drumroll please....

  • Hottest take by former Cowboy about Redskins player Award- "Michael Irvin has harsh words for Dez Bryant, Josh Norman" - What a flaming amount of nothing this story proved to be. Bryant and Norman got into a bit of a brouhaha leaving the field after the Redskins loss to the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, and things escalated from there. Reports initially showed Norman claimed Byrant made a violent comment, but the Redskins star corner later walked that back. Some of these things can be fun or funny upon reflection; this wasn't one of them. 
  • Fans prove they care about the games Award - "Every scenario in which the Redskins can make the playoffs" - Since the Redskins playoff future began to swing up and down the second half of the season, the CSN desk and NFL tiebreaker expert Joe Ferreira started to provide weekly updates based on the ever-evolving playoff scenario. With only the Giants left on the schedule, the 'Skins playoff scenario is almost clear: Win and in (except for a tie in Green Bay/Detroit).
  • 'Oh no, he didn't actually do that' Award - "RG3 fires back at Redskins legend Darrell Green" - Here comes the run on RG3 stories. This one lit up the internet as it showed Griffin throwing verbal jabs at arguably the greatest 'Skins player of all time and fan favorite Green. This episode came after Griffin's divorce, which brings us to...
  • This is just sad Award - "RG3 files for divorce three years after Redskins fans bought him wedding gifts" - Griffin got divorced. This is just sad. 
  • Finally, something very funny Award - "Odell Beckham fights kicking net, loses" - This was hysterical. As the Redskins and Giants battled on the field in Week 3, a game Washington would go on to win and launch a four-game win streak, Beckham battled a kicking net off the field. 
  • The Aaron Rodgers is kinda right, but also kinda mean Award - "Aaron Rodgers unimpressed by Redskins interview room" - This came moments after the Redskins home loss to the Packers in the Wild Card round of the 2016 playoffs, when Rodgers addressed the media gathered in the visiting team media room. For the record, the visiting media room at FedEx Field is not much to look at, a cement block square room with no windows, a short platform and a microphone. Rodgers joked upon entering, "Man, this is classy here." On a funny scale of 1 to Dumb & Dumber, the QB did pretty good, but it wasn't really a needed shot at the facility. 
  • The NFL schedule makers really did the Redskins wrong Award - "Richard Sherman is right and the Redskins are a prime example" - Sherman went on a tirade against Thursday Night Football and the NFL schedule makers, and he was right, but few teams have ever been dealt as tough of a schedule as the 2016 Redskins. Two short weeks in the second half of the schedule came after a trip to London. The Sunday night Packer game into Thanksgiving afternoon game against Dallas will likely never be repeated.
  • Uh-oh this same thing might happen again Award  - "Former agent says issue with Redskins and Kirk Cousins isn't money" - Much of 2016 was spent trying to figure out if the Skins could get a long-term contract worked out with their quarterback. They couldn't. Surprise! The same conversations will be going on this year, and while the issue is always money, with this situation, guaranteed cash and opt-outs will be dominating negotiations.
  • The Brick Tamland Memorial 'Loud Noises' Award - "Redskins players, coaches react to 'disrespectful' Stephen A. Smith" - Smith is paid to yell about petty things, and he sure did his job well when some Redskins players celebrated a Week 6 win over the Eagles. Smith called the 'Skins out as losers, despite a four-game win streak, and generally torched the franchise. Jay Gruden and some players eventually responded to the outlandish comments. The best part of this, Washington is in line for a second-straight winning season, and possibly a second-straight playoff spot, proving Smith's premise quite wrong.
  •  The Brick Tamland Memorial 'Loud Noises' Award Vol. 2 - "Pierre Garçon shuts down Skip Bayless during Packers-Cardinals" - If Stephen A. is paid to yell about petty things, Skip is paid to scream about petty things. Both are good at their job, and both can be quite grating to others. Including Pierre Garçon. While the world watched a riveting Packers-Cardinals playoff game last January, Bayless tweeted out some coaching advice. Garçon disagreed.

There we go - 10 awards for 10 top engaging stories. These are not neccesarily the top grossing traffic stories of the year, but they all ranked very high in the CSN Redskins zeitgeist for 2016. There was no independent accounting service involved, I just picked stuff I found interesting. Hope you enjoyed it. Happy New Year.  

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Redskins SVP of Player Development Doug Williams has a 'great relationship' with Dwayne Haskins, he's a fan

Redskins SVP of Player Development Doug Williams has a 'great relationship' with Dwayne Haskins, he's a fan

While some may be hesitant to crown Dwayne Haskins the future of the Redskins organization, Doug Williams has made his stance on the former 2019 first-round draft pick clear: He's a fan.

“I’m a fan of him. We have a good relationship," Williams told Sirius XM NFL Radio on Tuesday. "Like I tell him all the time, I don’t coach him, but I can coach him on a lot of other things other than on the football field and how to handle certain things. Him and I have a good relationship. "

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As the Washington Redskins SVP of Player Development, Williams has a significant role in the front office. Haskins is one of the biggest prospects taken while he's been an executive of the team.

"I hear all the media pundits and stuff talk about what we should do regarding Haskins," Williams said. "But from what I’ve seen this young man do last year, I can’t see too many people as or more talented than him.”

In Haskins' nine appearances last season, he threw for 7 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, and 1,365 yards. 

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Kyle Allen can handle anything, and that includes being the backup

Kyle Allen can handle anything, and that includes being the backup

Since Ron Rivera took over as the Redskins head coach in early January, he has insisted on finding competition for rising second-year passer Dwayne Haskins. Rivera found that competition when the Redskins acquired Kyle Allen from the Carolina Panthers a few weeks ago, and the two are expected to compete for the starting job come training camp.

Rivera spoke to the local media on Tuesday for the first time since the trade and explained he envisions "a good competition" between the two. But as Rivera went on to rave about Allen's character, it's clear the Redskins new head coach brought in Allen for multiple other reasons besides just competing with the Redskins first-round pick from a year ago.

Allen -- an undrafted free agent in 2018 who started 12 games a season ago -- has played every role a quarterback can possibly have at some point during his first two seasons in the league. His mindset, and the ability to handle different roles and responsibilities, is something that stood out to the new Redskins head coach.

"What he's really concerned about is doing the best job he can," Rivera said. "If he ends up starting and being the guy, great. He'll be fired up about it. And if he's not, if he's in a backup role, he'll be fired up about that as well."

Although there will be some sort of QB competition, the Redskins don't necessarily expect Allen to win the job. Rivera even said as much during a radio interview last week, as the team plans to enter training camp with Haskins as QB1. Others, such as former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley, simply think Haskins is the better player.

But should Allen have to step in as the team's starter for one reason or another, Rivera has full confidence in the 24-year-old. Allen is familiar with new offensive coordinator Scott Turner's system, one he called difficult to grasp but a system that has plenty of potential once learned. 

When in Carolina, Allen spent two seasons in the same room as Cam Newton, someone Rivera referred to is having a "strong personality." Rivera was impressed with how Allen handled himself there, especially with there being constant change at the position due to multiple injuries to Newton and former Panthers QB Taylor Heinicke. 

"Having been around Kyle for two seasons, I've kind of watched him interact with the quarterbacks that were in the room," Rivera said. "He was in the room with a very strong personality in Cam Newton, and Kyle handled himself tremendously. I just know what kind of person he is and feel like he's the kind of guy going into this, he's not threatened by anything."

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Outside of Haskins and Allen, the Redskins still have Alex Smith under contract as the veteran QB continues to recover from his gruesome leg injury. While Rivera has said not to rule out Smith in the past, the move to acquire Allen was something the head coach called "insurance," as Smith is still rehabbing and a ways away from returning to the field.

When taking the Redskins head coaching job, Rivera knew he would be tasked with turning around the culture in Redskins Park, a culture that has not seen playoff success in over a decade. Turning around a culture means finding people that will buy into the team mindset and the overarching goal within the organization, and that's something Rivera thinks Allen will do tremendously.

"He's the right kind of person for that room, and that's what I felt very strongly about," Allen said. "That's why we were able to make the deal with Carolina and bring him in. I just think he's got that real good sense about him, you know, being part of something is better than being an individual."

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