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Charley Casserly explains why he would take Joe Flacco over Kirk Cousins

Charley Casserly explains why he would take Joe Flacco over Kirk Cousins

His first eight seasons in the NFL, Joe Flacco won a Super Bowl and signed a $120 million contract. It was not until Flacco's ninth season, however, that the Ravens quarterback passed for more than 4,000 yards.

Named Redskins QB1 in 2015, Kirk Cousins threw for more than 4,000 yards his first full season. In 2016, Cousins nearly got to 5,000 passing yards, passing for 4,917 yards. 

Despite the difference in statistics, long-time NFL personnel executive and former Redskins general manager Charley Casserly still would take Flacco over Cousins.

"Let me say this, if I’m picking Joe Flacco or [Cousins], I'm taking Joe Flacco," Casserly said Tueday on The Junkies (full video above). 

The Redskins again face a huge decision with Cousins, as their passer is slated for free agency unless the organization can reach a long-term deal or deploys the franchise tag for a second straight season. Asked if he considered Cousins a Top 10 NFL quarterback, Casserly was clear.

"No. Uh uh."

Casserly went on to explain that Cousins puts up impressive stats, like more than 9,000 passing yards in two seasons as starter, but that he has not been able to win big games.

"Here's the tough thing, you got two years on him now, is this the guy? Guy put up great stats, a lot of good players around him, great stats though. The defense kept them out of the playoffs [in 2016], I'd say, not him," Casserly said. "But he ended both seasons in big games not on a good note. So is this kind of what we got? The league thinks, a lot of people in the league think, that's what he is."

The two games Casserly's referring to would be a pair of season-ending losses.

In 2015, that came at home in a playoff loss to the Packers, where Cousins completed 29 of 46 passes for 329 yards and a touchdown. He was also sacked six times in that game, where the numbers look more impressive than the game play did. 

In 2016, the season again ended with a disappointing home loss. This time the Redskins fell to the Giants. Washington needed a win to reach the playoffs, while New York had little to play for after already clinching a playoff spot. In that game, Cousins completed 22 of 35 passes for 287 yards to go with one touchdown and two interceptions. Cousins was sacked four times in that game, but the play most remember is the interception he threw late in the game when the Redskins were driving with a chance to take the lead or tie the game. 

Judging Cousins by the two games against the Packers and Giants is naive, the QB needs to be considered for his entire body of work. Yet, it's obvious those two games left an impression with Casserly and elsewhere in the NFL.

What happens next for the 'Skins and their signal caller will face much scrutiny. Is Cousins worth a long-term contract that would likely go for more than $110 million if he's not considered a Top 10 passer? Or is that simply what the market dictates for a starting quarterback in the NFL?

"This is a tough one now. There's no easy answer to this one," Casserly said.

The GM of the 'Skins 1991 Super Bowl team explained that his "gut" says Washington will use the franchise tag on Cousins. A second-franchise tag brings with it some questions, especially about the long-term prospects of signing Cousins in 2018 and beyond. 

For Casserly, basically another franchise tag means the team does not want to give Cousins a long-term deal. 

"That's the decision," he said. "If we don’t think we can get him signed, why go through another year."

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Bruce Allen does not know why Redskins would expect suspension for Reuben Foster

Bruce Allen does not know why Redskins would expect suspension for Reuben Foster

MOBILE, Ala. — Florida authorities dropped domestic violence charges against Reuben Foster earlier this month, and for Redskins team president Bruce Allen, that should mean no NFL suspension.

Allen said as much when speaking with reporters on Tuesday at the Senior Bowl. 

"The league is still finishing their investigation of it," Allen said. "I don't know why we would expect a suspension, but we'll let the league finish up."

There is precedent for an NFL suspension regardless of legal action. Recent examples include a three-game suspension for Jameis Winston and a six-game suspension for Ezekiel Elliott.

The Cowboys tried to fight Elliott's suspension in the courts, but eventually, the NFL won. Winston and the Bucs did not appeal his suspension. 

Neither Winston or Elliott were ever charged with a crime, but the accusations against both included salacious details and possible sexual assault, and the NFL did not relent in their rulings. 

For Foster, in the last calendar year he has been arrested twice for separate incidents of domestic violence. The first case fell apart when testimony was recanted, and in the second case, charges were dropped. The 49ers released him after the second incident, and Washington swooped in to claim the linebacker off waivers. 

Throughout this process, the Redskins have maintained that Foster would not play for the organization if he was deemed guilty of any wrongdoing.

"Let me be clear, Reuben will have to go through numerous steps including the full legal process, an investigation and potential discipline from the NFL, as well as meetings with counselors associated with the team before he will ever have the opportunity to wear the Burgundy and Gold as a player," Redskins VP of Personnel Doug Williams said in a November statement.

Allen said that the team conducted its own investigation then and expected Foster to be cleared. Now, Allen expects Foster to stay out of trouble. 

"We hold our players to a very high standard at the Redskins," the team president said. "We ask for a commitment that goes beyond the 60 minutes of a football game. Reuben understands what he has to do, and he's been doing it every day."

As a rookie in 2017, Foster played in 10 games and registered 72 tackles.

In 2018, Foster started the season on a suspension for a drug violation before playing six games. He logged 29 tackles but his year was cut short for injuries before landing on the commissioner's exempt list once the arrest in Florida happened. 

A first-round pick out of Alabama in 2017, Foster will be lined up with a number of his former college teammates on the Redskins. 

Assuming he gets through the offseason without any trouble, when Foster hits the field for Washington, he could be a major asset

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Bill Callahan should return as offensive line coach, answering one major question about Redskins' staff

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Bill Callahan should return as offensive line coach, answering one major question about Redskins' staff

Bill Callahan is expected to return to the Redskins for another season, taking care of one major question regarding Jay Gruden's staff.

Washington's offensive line coach of four years should be back for 2019, Bruce Allen told reporters at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

There had previously been much speculation that Callahan was on the outs.

Callahan came to D.C. in 2015 and has long been hailed as one of the league's top O-line gurus. His tenure with the Redskins has featured both positives and negatives.

Among the positives? Brandon Scherff has grown into an elite NFL guard, Morgan Moses earned a pricey contract extension and 2017 sixth-round pick Chase Roullier spent all of last year as the offense's starting center. And Trent Williams, of course, is still Trent Williams.

However, the unit has been decimated by injuries the past two seasons. Some wonder if Callahan's intense coaching — often times, he keeps his players for an extra 30 minutes after weekly practices — has something to do with it.

In addition, the Burgundy and Gold's running game has never really emerged as a dominant one for a 16-game schedule, and Callahan has always had a large role in that area.

Allen said Gruden's full complement of coaches will be finalized in a few weeks. The head coach wasn't at the Senior Bowl on Tuesday; instead, he was conducting interviews at the Redskins' Ashburn facility. 

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