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Need to Know: Will McCoy be a Redskin in 2015?

Need to Know: Will McCoy be a Redskin in 2015?

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, December 4, three days before the Washington Redskins play the St. Louis Rams at FedEx Field.

Three and out

1. It’s still kind of hard to believe that we’re talking about Colt McCoy starting at quarterback for the Redskins in Week 14 with both Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins healthy and able to play. Before the season started—before October, for that matter—I could see one of them playing his way out of the lineup. But both? No, certainly not to the point where McCoy would be considered to be the best alternative.

2. That’s not to say that McCoy doesn’t deserve to be the starter now. The only argument you can make that Griffin or Cousins should be playing is to give them some development reps for the future. While that’s a legitimate point, it’s inconsistent with Jay Gruden saying that he is going to play the players who give the team the best chance of winning. I don’t think even the most ardent supporters of Griffin or Cousins can reasonably dispute that McCoy gives the Redskins the best chance of winning right now.

3. I don’t know what McCoy’s long-term future is and I don’t think Gruden knows either. Right now he’s just trying to get through a season that likely has been considerably rougher at the QB position than he thought it would be. It would not surprise me if all three quarterbacks were back next year. Cousins is still on his rookie deal and cheap, Griffin will be hard to trade and it would be dumb to cut him with his guaranteed salary of $3.3 million, and McCoy is the only proven QB on the roster. McCoy probably will be back but . . .

Out: McCoy is a free agent this offseason, having signed a one-year deal last spring. That was a minimum-salary deal and it’s going to take more than that to get him to return. He will get other offers since teams are desperate for quarterbacks. I don’t see a bidding war breaking out and he likely will be inclined to return to Washington but it’s not a sure thing.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Practice 10:30; Jay Gruden and Jim Haslett news conferences, open locker room player availability after practice, approx. 12:30

Days until: Rams @ Redskins 3; Redskins @ Giants 10; 2015 NFL Draft 148

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Officials say RFK site not an option for Redskins unless team changes name

Officials say RFK site not an option for Redskins unless team changes name

As the Redskins search for a new football home in the future, the RFK Stadium site is one that is at the top of the list. However, unless the team is willing to change its name, the area becoming their new field is a non-starter, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday

Speaking with several government officials, a similar message was shared throughout. The federally owned land will not be given to the franchise if the name remains what it is today.

“I call on Dan Snyder once again to face that reality, since he does still desperately want to be in the nation’s capital,” D.C.'s nonvoting delegate to the House of Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) said. “He has got a problem he can’t get around -- and he particularly can’t get around it today, after the George Floyd killing.”

“There is no viable path, locally or federally, for the Washington football team to return to Washington, D.C., without first changing the team name," D.C. Deputy Mayor John Falcicchio said.

Washington's name has been a topic of debate for years but has recently received major pushback over the past month as the nation yearns for racial justice following the murder of George Floyd.

It was also reported on Wednesday that investment firms and shareholders worth a collective $620 billion have asked Nike, FedEx and PepsiCo to terminate their business relationships with the Washington Redskins unless the team agrees to change its name.

The Redskins have expressed interest in playing on the grounds of RFK after a bill was introduced in 2019 calling for the federal government to sell the area to the city. However, the bill won't pass through Congress unless the land is used for the team under a different name. U.S. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, referred to the current name as a "racist nickname."

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Redskins owner Dan Snyder has stated in the past that he is not open to a name change, as he considers it to be an act of honor toward Native Americans. 

Washington currently plays its games at FedEx Fied in Landover, Md. Both sides would like to see the team return to the District, but for as long as they are called the Redskins, it won't happen.

“The time has ended,” Grijalva said. “There is no way to justify it. You either step into this century or you don’t. It’s up to the owner of the team to do that.”

“The city obviously would like the team back,” Norton said. “But it’s important that [Falcicchio] used the word ‘federally’ -- meaning that they now recognize that there is no hope unless this name is changed.”

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Jeff Bostic shares hilarious story of Joe Bugel blaming him for a missed block that wasn't his doing

Jeff Bostic shares hilarious story of Joe Bugel blaming him for a missed block that wasn't his doing

Former Redskins coach Joe Bugel, who died on Sunday at the age of 80, impacted numerous players throughout his time in the NFL. Specifically, from 1981-89 he helped members of  "The Hogs" offensive line in Washington become one of the greatest units ever assembled.

However, for as much as Bugel loved his players and his players loved him back, the two sides were prone to some arguments. Bugel's fiery passion for the game led to some outbursts that no one was immune to. From Joe Gibbs to Russ Grimm, plenty got an earful.

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That includes former Redskins offensive lineman Jeff Bostic, who was alongside Bugel during his nine seasons in Washington. On the latest Redskins Inside Look, Bostic joined former Redskins teammate and legendary running back John Riggins to share one of his most memorable stories of Bugel.

It all started when Mark May, another member of the offensive line, didn't want to hear Bugel yell at him.

“You know the biggest whiner in Redskins history is Mark May. He had missed the block and Buges was on the staff," Bostic said. "Well, May is over there telling him I missed the block."

So, with that information to go off of, Bugel prepared to shame Bostic for the failed play. As Bostic jogged to the sideline following a field goal attempt, he couldn't understand why his name was being called.

“I’m coming off the field and I hear Buges yelling ‘He kicked your a--.’ And I’m like ‘who is he talking to?’" Bostic said. "And then he said it again. I said ‘who are you talking to?' He said, 'I’m talking to you.'”

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That led to Bostic showing his frustrations and sending his helmet hurdling through the air.

“I unbuttoned my helmet and threw it at him from about 15 yards away," Bostic said. "And I just left my helmet and went over and sat on the bench.”

Following the heated back-and-forth, Bugel quickly displayed the other side of his personality -- the one that cared for his players and just wanted to see them succeed. Heading over to Bostic, he wanted him to know there were no hard feelings, it was just the emotion of football getting the best of him.

"He said, ‘Hey horse you know I love you.'”

Because Bostic -- like so many other Redskins -- had a deep love and respect for Bugel, it was easy for him to take the apology and move on. However, he did want his coach to know that all the yelling was actually done for no reason because he was not the one to blame.

"I said 'You got a strange way of showing love. What you’re gonna do is when you watch the film tomorrow you’re gonna owe me an apology,'" Bostic said.

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