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Should the Redskins rest Kirk Cousins against Cowboys?


Should the Redskins rest Kirk Cousins against Cowboys?

Might the Redskins consider sitting quarterback Kirk Cousins—along with other starters—when they play their regular season finale in Dallas on Sunday?

It’s on the table, according to Coach Jay Gruden, even though Cousins has not appeared on the injury report all season. In fact, Cousins has made a career-high 15 starts this season and played all but a handful of snaps. (Colt McCoy saw a series at the end of the blowout win over the Saints in Week 10.)

“There’s arguments for that, yes,” Gruden said.

The Redskins (8-7) have already clinched the NFC East and will host a playoff game the following weekend.

Gruden said the decision on Cousins’ status in Dallas will depend on whether other key players, who are nicked up and in need of rest, are playing or sitting.

(Translation: if more than one member of the first string offensive line sits, it could make more sense to play McCoy...just in case. All five of the Redskins’ regular linemen played in Philly, but a few are banged up. Namely right tackle Morgan Moses and center Josh LeRibeus, both of whom are nursing ankle injuries. Left tackle Trent Williams, meantime, has played through some bumps and bruises in recent weeks.)    

“We’ll have to wait and see and talk about it as a staff and see where the injury report stands with Kirk and see how he’s feeling,” Gruden added. “But I think he is pretty injury free. …If he is injury free, a lot will depend on who’s playing around him, and [we'll] go from there. We’ll make a decision on that, yeah.”

Gruden also acknowledged that he and his assistants must also weigh the benefits of resting Cousins and others vs. disrupting the team’s momentum. Cousins is playing the best football of his career while the Redskins have won four of their last five games and appear to be peaking at the right time.

Indeed, it could make for a tough choice in the coming days.

“It’s a big game for us to keep our momentum,” Gruden said. “But we also have to be smart about the guys that are a little bit [banged up] and get them well for the playoffs.”

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That time Antonio Brown and Kyler Murray practiced together


That time Antonio Brown and Kyler Murray practiced together

Thanks to Antonio Brown, we have the hopes and dreams of a splashy off-season for the Washington Redskins in one tidy four-second video.

Brown, the NFL’s best receiver, is angling for a trade out of Pittsburgh.

Kyler Murray is the reigning Heisman Trophy quarterback and a projected 2019 first round pick.

During the NFC Championship game, the Steelers wide receiver tweeted out a clip of him hauling in a deep pass from the University of Oklahoma product. Yes, that’s going to draw some eyeballs, perhaps especially from fans of a team with quarterback uncertainty and lacking offensive playmakers.

Another OU standout, wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown”, joined his cousin Antonio and Murray for the workout. This isn’t the first time all three shared a field.

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Marquise Brown, a true speed threat, could become the first wide receiver selected in the 2019 draft.

There’s no way for the Redskins to land all three. Even two seems highly unlikely considering the two prospects are projected first-round selections and acquiring Brown would cost a No. 1 and plenty more. It’s still cool to dream. Considering the quarterback concerns with Alex Smith, Jamison Crowder entering free agency and the need for more pieces regardless, even landing one of them would work.


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Report: Dan Snyder was leading Redskins pursuit of Todd Bowles and Gregg Williams

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Report: Dan Snyder was leading Redskins pursuit of Todd Bowles and Gregg Williams

Despite speaking with a number of hot candidates on the job market, the Redskins did not make a change at defensive coordinator. Greg Manuksy will remain in that role.

That doesn't mean the team didn't try, as multiple reports showed that Todd Bowles and Gregg Williams were priority targets for Washington. 

On Sunday, a CBS Sports report from Jason La Canfora said that Redskins owner Dan Snyder was the driver in pursuit of first Bowles and then Williams. The story also points out that the Redskins owner was leading the effort, not head coach Jay Gruden.

The story says Snyder put the 'full-court press' on Bowles and offered to make him the highest paid coordinator in the NFL. 

When Bowles decided to go to Tampa and work with Bruce Arians, Snyder turned his focus to Williams. From the story:

Williams and Snyder have a strong relationship from his years serving as coordinator there under Joe Gibbs, and his previous head coaching experience, in Buffalo and Cleveland, also made him attractive. The team set up a formal visit and interview with Williams after he was let go as the Browns interim head coach, but the sides never met. 

La Canfora also contends that Snyder making aggressive pushes for both Bowles and Williams might not be good news for Jay Gruden in 2020.

The 'Skins head coach has two years left on his contract that pays him $5 million per year. Gruden has been assured he will remain the head coach for 2019, but few NFL coaches work in the last year of their deal. A 'lame duck' year for Gruden would come in 2020 unless the team and coach agree to another contract extension. 

The Redskins have not made the playoffs in the last three seasons, and have not won a playoff game in over a decade.

If Snyder is frustrated, he has reasons for it.