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Why reports of a new 49ers QB could impact Redskins, Kirk Cousins

Why reports of a new 49ers QB could impact Redskins, Kirk Cousins

With no quarterbacks on the roster, the 49ers certainly need to add a passer in free agency. Reports show that new head coach Kyle Shanahan and new general manager John Lynch have done just that.

A journeyman QB since he entered the league in 2009, Hoyer experienced some success while with Cleveland in 2014. That year, Hoyer started 13 games, winning seven, and throwing for more than 3,300 yards to go with 12 TDs vs 13 INTs. He completed just 55 percent of his passes but averaged nearly 14 yards-per-completion.

Why does Hoyer's 2014 season with the Browns matter? Because Shanahan was calling plays that season in Cleveland.

Clearly, the Niners new coach has a familiarity with Hoyer, enough that his team has made the former Michigan State passer the first QB of his new regime.

What does any of this mean for Redskins fans? San Francisco has long been reported to be the premiere, and perhaps only, possible trade partner if Washington looked to deal QB Kirk Cousins. 

Signing Hoyer in no way shuts the door on a Cousins trade for the Niners, but it does push the door a little bit closer. The team Lynch and Shanahan have inherited is a mess, in need of a full rebuild coming off a 2-14 season. 

To acquire Cousins will require giving up assets, likely the No. 2 overall pick in the upcoming draft and more. It's possible that if the Niners new brain trust waits it out, they could make a run at Cousins in free agency a year from now without having to give up assets.

San Francisco is not in position to win anything of consequence this year, with or without Cousins. Armed with six-year contracts, maybe Lynch and Shanahan feel comfortable building their team for the long haul, and that includes a bridge QB like Hoyer. Bringing in Hoyer does not mean a trade is impossible, but it doesn't make it more likely either. 

Around the NFL, reaction to the Hoyer signing varied.

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Doug Williams has a 'great relationship' with Dwayne Haskins, he's a fan

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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