If Mike Shanahan is indeed on his way out of Washington, he sure is leaving with a bang. He has pulled star quarterback Robert Griffin III for the final three meaningless games of the season and installed Kirk Cousins as the starter.
Fullback Darrel Young is expected to return to the field Sunday against Atlanta, and with it, perhaps the return of the Redskins dominant run game.
A look at the 5 things the Redskins need to do to beat the Falcons and what they can work on for next year.
1. If I'm Robert Griffin III, I'm wondering why the Redskins became worried about my health before a game against a bad defense that doesn't apply much pressure - yet left me in to face a good defense in bad field conditions the previous week.
Regardless, talking about getting a first-round pick for Cousins could make it harder to get a first-round pick for Cousins. These are high-stakes negotiations, driven by all sorts of subtleties and tells. The rookie wage scale has made first-round picks even more valuable to the teams that have them.