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Need to Know: Which classic Redskins games do you want to see again?

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Need to Know: Which classic Redskins games do you want to see again?

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, May 22, two days before the Washington Redskins start OTAs.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 133 days ago. It will be 113 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: OTAs start 2; Redskins training camp starts 67; Preseason opener @ Falcons 81

Redskins classics

The NFL has announced that it will be greatly expanding its YouTube offerings later this year and include old games from start to finish. Initially they will publish three historical games from each team. Which three would you like them to post for the Redskins? Here are my suggestions—one Super Bowl, one playoff game and one regular season game.

Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comment section.

Regular seasonRedskins 29, Cardinals 27 12/16/1984: This is the forgotten classic of the 1980’s. The Redskins needed to win to take the NFC East title. For the Cardinals it was win and in, lose and go home. Oh, and Art Monk was on target to break the NFL record for receptions in a single season. The Cardinals rallied from a 23-7 halftime deficit to take a 27-26 lead. Joe Theismann led a masterful drive, with key passes going to his record-breaking wide receiver, to a Mark Moseley field goal to send the Redskins to the playoffs.

A popular choice for some might be the 2005 Monday Night Miracle in Dallas, with Mark Brunell throwing two long TDs to Santana Moss in the late going to win it. But do you really want to sit through the ugly first 55 minutes of that to get to the good part?

PlayoffsRedskins 21, Bears 17 1987 season divisional playoff: Although everyone remembers Darrell Green’s 52-yard punt return that put the Redskins ahead to stay in the third quarter, there was more to this game than that. The home team jumped to a 14-0 lead in the second quarter and it looked like the rout was on. Then after the Redskins rallied the defense had to make the lead stand up. This game was well played by the Redskins with tension throughout, another forgotten classic.

But, hey, if you want to go with the 1982 season NFC title game against the Cowboys I’m not going to argue. That game was fun, loud, and the call by Summerall and Madden was outstanding.

Super BowlXVII vs. Dolphins: Again, there is one big play here that is ingrained in everyone’s mind, the Riggins 43-yard touchdown run on fourth and one in the fourth quarter. But the game leading up to that moment is a story of the Redskins overcoming adversity after allowing some big plays. Joe Gibbs stuck with his game plan of pounding the ball to Riggins but he was only able to do so because of some clutch plays by the defense and on huge defensive play by the quarterback.

Super Bowl XXII featured The Quarter, 35 points produced masterfully by Doug Williams, Timmy Smith, Ricky Sanders, and company. But the second half of that game boring. Stick with the NFL Films 30-minute highlight treatment of that game. And Super Bowl XXVI was a superb crowning achievement by one of the best teams ever but it was over on the first play from scrimmage of the second half.

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Jay Gruden disappointed by firing of Scot McCloughan, yet optimistic for 2017

Jay Gruden disappointed by firing of Scot McCloughan, yet optimistic for 2017

It's never easy to say goodbye to a well-liked coworker, especially when that employee has been fired. In the NFL, that's no different. Redskins head coach Jay Gruden opened up about the departure of former GM Scot McCloughan while speaking with reporters at the NFL Owners Meetings in Phoenix.

"I was disappointed. I liked Scot. I liked working with Scot. He’s a good person, and a great talent evaluator," Gruden said.

The highly publicized demise of McCloughan as Redskins general manager made plenty of headlines, but as far the organization goes, Gruden believes the team is still in good shape.

"Any time you lose somebody that you become close with, whether it’s a coach or a GM or a player it's disappointing but at the end of the day in pro football, anybody that’s been around it long enough understands, change is going to happen and you have to react and adjust to it and move forward with a positive outlook," Gruden said.

Part of that positive outlook stems from moves the team has made this offseason.

Offensively the franchise brought in a big new weapon in receiver Terrelle Pryor. Paired with 2016 first-round pick Josh Doctson, assuming he's healthy, the Redskins could have two dynamic pass catchers to offset the loss of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon. On the defensive line, Gruden thinks new players Terrell McClain and Stacy McGee can emerge as solid players with high upside. Further, Gruden made clear he thinks new defensive line coach Jim Tomsula will make the players on the 'Skins roster into better defensive linemen.

For many fans it's hard to remain optimistic after the controversy that surrounded McCloughan's ouster, but on the field, there's little reason to expect the 'Skins to slide.

In 2016, the team finished one game out of a playoff berth, losing a disappointing final game to the Giants to seal that fate. In 2017, Gruden expects to be right back in the playoff hunt.

"I think everybody in this organization has a positive outlook," Gruden said. "We are going to miss Scot, obviously, but we’re also positive that we can get things we need to get done to be successful."

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Peter King, Ian Rapoport say Redskins can't afford to let Kirk Cousins get away

Peter King, Ian Rapoport say Redskins can't afford to let Kirk Cousins get away

After he signed the franchise tag a couple of weeks ago, the speculation, rumors and, for some fans, panic around Kirk Cousins has largely quieted down.

The Redskins can ink their quarterback to a long-term deal any time between now and July 15, but talks may not pick up until summer rolls around. A trade can also occur, but no recent reports have indicated that one is in the works.

Therefore, it currently looks like Cousins and the franchise that drafted him back in 2012 will be together for at least one more season. And according to Sports Illustrated's Peter King, that's a wise choice by the Burgundy and Gold.

"I think they did the absolute right thing in making sure Kirk Cousins is gonna be their quarterback this year," King told CSN Redskins Insider JP Finlay at the NFL owner's meetings in Phoenix. "I absolutely, unequivocally would not trade him. That's a white flag." 

As for why King wouldn't move on from No. 8, his explanation was very simple.

"You don't get rid of a guy who's got the second-most passing yards in football over the last two years," he said.

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Finlay also gathered input on the Redskins' and Cousins' relationship from the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, who's another major voice in the league's media. Rapoport first stated that he would be "beyond stunned" if the 28-year-old was not in D.C. for the 2017 campaign and then laid out how he envisions the year unfolding.

"I do not believe he will sign the extension before the season," he said. "So, he's going to go out there, play on another one-year deal, bet on himself like he did last year. You hope it's the same thing. And then we'll see, because I know there's some talk about him not signing an extension — I'm not so sure about that. Everyone has a price, right?"

"If they offer him $25 [million] a year, Andrew Luck's deal, I would imagine plans would change pretty quickly, right?" Rapoport continued. "So you get to the end of the season, assess where you are, assess the value and see if you can make a business deal. It's terrible to have to pay so much money to your quarterback. The only worse thing is not being able to pay so much money to your quarterback." 

King and Rapoport are clearly both in agreement that losing their rising signal caller would be a huge blow to the Redskins. But while King says Washington should keep Cousins because of his production, Rapoport took a different route when concluding how the negotiations will end up.

"Really good quarterbacks never leave their team. It just never happens," he said. "So I would think there's a way to work this out."

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