Daily Slop: Jordan Reed Still Suffering From Headaches; Brian Orakpo Continues to Accumulate Sacks

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Need to Know: Shanahan says Redskins’ offense did not change for Cousins | Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, December 17, five days before the Washington Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys. Nickel coverage Five notes and quotes from Mike Shanahan’s press conference on Monday 1.

Darrell Green: Redskins should start over
And so, it is frustrating for us. We’ve been losing 20 years here, and we were a team used to winning. And it’s not the owner, because the owner’s not playing and the owner’s not coaching. It’s very frustrating. And I put the onus right where it belongs. [Mike Shanahan] said last week, I take the blame, I didn’t have them ready to play. Well you know what, you’re supposed to have them ready to play, and that goes for anybody."

Rex Ryan may be done in NY, is he a fit for the Redskins? | Comcast SportsNet Washington
Ryan fills the bill in Washington in terms of being a big name and his big personality would keep the Redskins in the headlines for perhaps (mostly) the right reasons. And his specialty is on the defensive side of the ball, an area where the Redskins sorely need some help.

Positives the Redskins can build upon next season | Fanspeak.com

A look a some of the positive players the Redskins can build around next year to jump start their path to contention.

Redskins' Reed still suffering from headaches | Comcast SportsNet Washington

Mike Shanahan reiterates he won’t resign, will meet with Daniel Snyder after season to determine future with team
"I’ll go back to saying the same thing I’ve said before: I’ll get a chance to sit down with Dan at the end of the season, after the next two games, and I’ll give him my opinion on the direction that I think the franchise could go," Shanahan said. "He’s gonna give me his idea what he wants to do. He’s the owner of the football team. But all we can do at the end of the season is communicate. And I think we have that type of relationship where we can talk and be honest to each other. But we’re not gonna do that until the end of the season."

Will Dez Bryant leave field early vs Redskins? | Comcast SportsNet Washington

Redskins' Morris upset about pair of fumbles | Comcast SportsNet Washington

Robert Griffin III ‘clearly’ remains Redskins’ starter but ‘legitimate competition’ needed, Mike Shanahan says
"So I’ve always believed that true competition is the biggest motivator you can have regardless who you are because everybody knows that we’re gonna play the best players at the end of the day. So that competition, regardless of the position, is great."

Five observations from the Redskins’ loss to the Falcons

Brian Orakpo continues to accumulate sacks
"I’m just playing my game," said Orakpo, who is eligible for unrestricted free agency in the offseason. "Y’all know me, man. I’m always a confident guy. I can care less about what anybody says and stuff like that. So I always play with a lot of confidence, play with a motor. I kept getting after it. I know sacks are gonna come.

Rex Grossman on fellow Redskins QBs Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins - Washington Times
"Just making very quick decisions, making the right decisions, getting the ball out quickly and accurately and just conducting the offense like a vet," Grossman said. "[Cousins] hadn’t really played at all. The offense for the most part looked smooth. It’s hard to just step in as a backup late in the year, period. But for a young guy to step in and play as well as he did, I thought he did a hell of a job."

Should the Washington Redskins consider trading quarterback RGIII? - NFL Videos
Boomer Esiason joins "NFL Total Access" to discuss whether or not the Washington Redskins should consider trading Robert Griffin III and keeping coach Mike Shanahan.

The Redskins Blog | Robert Griffin III, Teammates Talk Facing Adversity At Smashing Walnuts Fundraiser

The Redskins Blog | Ryan Kerrigan Talks Shanahan, Defense

Rex Grossman Guides From Experience
Although only active for two games since 2011, Washington QB Rex Grossman has had a profound impact on the Redskins from his mentor role on the sideline.

Turnover turnaround a prime reason for Redskins' fall - Washington Times
After turning the ball over seven times on Sunday in a 27-26 road loss to the Atlanta Falcons, they are the owners of a woeful minus-8 turnover margin, the sixth-worst mark in the league. Bad teams play sloppy football. But what makes the Redskins' deficiencies even more eye-opening is that they ranked No. 3 in the NFL last season in that very same category.

LOVERRO: Tone-deaf Redskins could use a bit of Joe Gibbs' harmony - Washington Times
When you see the dysfunction that has turned Redskins Park into a battlefield of bickering, and the record nearing the end of Mike Shanahan's four-year tenure in Washington, mixed in with the two bizarre years of Jim Zorn, you have to come to a new appreciation for what Gibbs managed to do in those four years running this organization.

Indignation is all Mike Shanahan has left - Washington Times
The 60 minutes of ugliness between two of the NFL's dregs served as a reminder of how far the Redskins are from becoming anything approaching a perennial contender. They aren't close.

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