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Daily Slop: Cousins Says Robert Griffin III Remains the Redskins Franchise QB; Does Move Mean Shanahan Keeps his job?

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Need to Know: Shanahan has no regrets about starting RG3 in Week 1 | Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, December 11, three days before the Washington Redskins visit the Atlanta Falcons. Nickel coverage Five notes and quotes from Wednesday’s epic Mike Shanahan news conference (the full transcript is available right here). 1.

Steve Young doesn't buy Shanahan's reason - Washington Redskins Blog - ESPN
ASHBURN, Va. -- Steve Young knows what Mike Shanahan wants from his quarterbacks, having played for him in San Francisco. That's why he doesn't buy Sh

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Redskins players ready to go with Kirk Cousins | Comcast SportsNet Washington
"I know he’s probably going to be pissed," wide receiver Santana Moss said of Griffin. "I would be pissed. But at the end of the day, you have to take a positive out of it, if you are put in that situation. Robert knows he’s going to be here. Robert knows he has time to correct everything he did this year that he don’t feel like he was at his best with." Moss added: "I’ve been through this before. …It’s been a tough season, no player—and I do believe no player—want to be in Robert’s situation right now. You feel for him having to go through it. But at the end of the day, if it’s going to help, take a little off him and give him a little more a time to say, ‘Okay, you know what? This season is behind me. Let’s get ready for next year.’"

Theismann: Benching RGIII is ‘admirable’
"So I think it’s somewhat admirable that he’s trying to protect the franchise and this young man from the beating that he’s taken over the last five weeks," Theismann continued. "But then I ask myself the question, how does Kirk Cousins feel? You’re saving Robert for the offseason, and YOU’RE going out there. And then the next thing that comes up is what happens if Kirk Cousins plays very well, because remember who they’re playing. An Atlanta Falcons team that’s given up 360 points. A Cowboys team that defensively is very porous, and a Giants team….They’re not playing the Seattle Seahawks, the San Francisco 49ers, the Kansas City Chiefs or the Denver Broncos. So the chances are that that Kirk could place quite well in this game, and then we have a WHOLE ‘nother conversation when the offseason comes around."

Redskins' Cousins: 'I just need to get ready to go' | Comcast SportsNet Washington
"Certainly different circumstances than when I got my first start last year agains Cleveland and these are not the circumstances you necessarily want to be in when you start the season," he said. "But, good or bad, I’ve got to be ready to go."

John Madden: RGIII shutdown is ‘baloney’
"But his playing is going to to help him," Madden continued. "He needs experience, he needs snaps, he needs reps, he needs to get his confidence back. And if it’s a problem of taking too many sacks and too many hits then BLOCK BETTER for him. Get some better blockers, get a better scheme, go an extra lineman sometimes, go an extra tight end, chip a good pass rusher, do SOMETHING to help him other than to shut him down. Where did shut him down ever come up in football? I never heard shut him down. I mean, that was a baseball thing — a pitch count, he’s thrown so many, now we’re going to shut him down. I’ve never heard of a football player ever being shut down. Now if he’s hurt, that’s a different story. If he’s hurt and can’t play, then we’re talking about a different ballgame here."

Kirk Cousins says Robert Griffin III remains the Redskins’ franchise quarterback

Mike Shanahan says Daniel Snyder, Bruce Allen on board with benching of Robert Griffin III [updated]
Shanahan said the discussions began last week and he would not have opted to sit down Griffin for the remainder of the season if Snyder or Allen had objected. "Well, just put it this way: I said if either one wasn’t 100 percent behind my reasoning that I’m giving you, I said we won’t go there," Shanahan said at Redskins Park. "Nothing needs to be said. We’ll just keep it status quo."

Redskins Officially Shutdown RGIII for the Rest of the 2013 Season

Billick: Does move mean Shanahan keeps his job? - NFL Videos
Brian Billick explains how the decision to bench Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III might mean coach Mike Shanahan will keep his job.

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Can Cousins become trade bait? - NFL Videos
If Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins plays well during the rest of the season, could he become trade bait? Charley Casserly explains why the Redskins might make a move to acquire a high draft pick.

Record is same, experience is not - NFC East Blog - ESPN
ASHBURN, Va. -- They have the same record, but are going through a far different experience. Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan blamed the noise

Redskins: Benching Robert Griffin III can't just be about health - ESPN
ASHBURN, Va. -- For weeks, Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan preached patience with quarterback Robert Griffin III. After missing a full offsea

Mike Shanahan: I’m usually not honest with the media, but THIS TIME I’m telling the truth | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has a few verbal crutches. You cover a man for six years, you get to know them well. "Setback" is a favorite of his. "Anytime" prefaces a lot of his sentences. He did it five times … Continue reading →

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Why Ray Horton should be the Redskins next head coach |

A look at why Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton should be the Redskins next head coach.

FENNO: Honestly, Mike Shanahan, why should we believe you now? - Washington Times
"What I'm trying to do is be as honest as I can," Shanahan said at one point. "And I don't normally do that because I don't really think it's anybody's business except the guys in our locker room." OK, then. The red-faced coach normally isn't honest. Those are his words. But this time, well, trust him. These words are the truth. At least until they aren't.

Looking Ahead to The First Rookie Option Years - Over the Cap
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