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Charley Casserly: In Kirk Cousins, Redskins may have another Tony Romo

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Charley Casserly: In Kirk Cousins, Redskins may have another Tony Romo

Is Tony Romo a successful NFL quarterback?

From a pure numbers standpoint, the answer is yes. The soon-to-be ex-Cowboy will leave the franchise as its leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns (finishing on top of some pretty decent names). But Romo is such a polarizing NFL figure because he'll also exit Dallas without many postseason triumphs — he's been a part of the team since 2003 and has only appeared in six playoff contests, losing four.

On paper (and without all the injury issues, which are a major problem as well) Romo is firmly in that second tier of QBs, the ones who can secure nine, 10 and 11-win seasons but will also usually get edged out by the most elite options in January and February.

Therefore, when Charley Casserly says he thinks Kirk Cousins resembles Romo, it may worry those who support re-signing Cousins and provide more ammo for those who oppose it.

"I think there's a lot of similarities between these two when you look at their careers," Casserly told CSN's JP Finlay on Finlay's #RedskinsTalk podcast, "as far as the ability to make clutch plays under pressure."

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"Romo had a number of plays that were bonehead plays," Casserly said of the 36-year-old with a couple of playoff wins and more than a couple of head-scratching late-game decisions. "And until he got a running game and an offensive line, that's when he really showed how good he could be. He always showed the flashes, they were always there, but he would break down at critical times under pressure. And that was his history."

"What the Redskins might have," he concluded, "they might have Tony Romo here in Kirk Cousins." 

Of course, before Cousins, Washington hasn't had someone under center at his or Romo's level in years, and when you look at the situation that way, they shouldn't hesitate to retain him for many seasons to come. And Casserly himself said Cousins "has the potential" to go deep in the playoffs.

But because of gaffes like his 2016 season-crushing interception against the Giants or an iffy performance against the Packers after the Redskins won the 2015 division title, there will be doubts about whether No. 8 really deserves that type of commitment, the same kind of doubts that have followed No. 9 around for a decade. After all, as good as Romo was for the Cowboys, the organization still hasn't seen an NFC Championship game in 20 years. 

For all of Finlay's discussion with Casserly, click the link below to listen to the full podcast.

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Somehow, the Redskins still have a fairly straightforward playoff path. Somehow

Somehow, the Redskins still have a fairly straightforward playoff path. Somehow

You're going to feel absurd for reading the following sentence, but probably not as absurd as it felt to type the following sentence.

The Redskins, who are on their fourth option at QB, who made the '18 Giants look like the '72 Dolphins and who are large underdogs this weekend to the 4-9 Jaguars, actually still have a straightforward path to the playoffs.

Now, the word "straightforward" only applies to the path on paper, because realistically, there's nothing straightforward about fixing the litany of issues that are plaguing Washington at the moment.

Regardless, by losing on Monday night to the Seahawks, the Vikings blew a chance to separate themselves from a pack of NFC teams chasing(?) them and their final wild card spot. The Redskins are one of those teams, and here's how they could pass Minnesota to qualify for the postseason:

With the way the season is unfolding, you'd expect the Burgundy and Gold's playoff scenario to involve a bunch of teams losing a bunch of times in these final three weeks. The tweet above illustrates that's clearly not the case. They only need Minnesota to drop one more to go along with the Redskins winning out.

Of course, the Redskins stringing three straight plays together without committing a holding penalty feels like too much to ask for, so anyone expecting a three-game winning streak is either a bit crazy or a relative of Josh Johnson. But still, they're not out of the hunt quite yet. Somehow.

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Jay Gruden not considering changes to his coaching staff

Jay Gruden not considering changes to his coaching staff

The Redskins gave up 40 points and more than 400 yards in a loss to the Giants last Sunday, and that was without Odell Beckham suited up for New York. 

The Redskins have lost four straight games, and five of six, while giving up more than 30 points three times. 

The Redskins surrendered more than 200 rushing yards to the Giants, and have not held an opponent under 100 yards rushing in their last six games. 

You get the idea. 

After the Washington defense got out to an impressive start to the season, things have fallen apart down the stretch.

Despite the struggles, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden has no intention of shaking up his coaching staff.

"No. Not really," Gruden said on the Redskins Talk podcast when asked about any coaching changes. 

As the Redskins struggle and lose their grip on a playoff spot, it's not unheard of to think some staff changes might be coming. The Panthers fired two defensive assistants last weekend, and as the NFL season approaches the finish line, more coaches will lose their jobs. 

In Washington though, it seems the staff is safe. Still, the Giants loss stings. 

The Redskins' offense has been decimated by injuries, particularly at quarterback and along the offensive line. There was some leeway for a loss to New York, but not when the home team got down 40-0 to a 4-8 Giants team. 

That type of deficit brings questions. Questions about the coaches, questions about effort.

On Sunday, Gruden made clear he understands his future is week to week.

"We have a game to win next week in Jacksonville," the coach said. "We have to go about trying to find a way to do it."

On Monday, he made clear his assistants are safe. As far as he is concerned anyway. 

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