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No RG3 presser scheduled this week

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No RG3 presser scheduled this week

Here is some news that, judging from my Twitter timeline, many of you will be happy to hear. Robert Griffin III is not scheduled to talk to the media prior to Thursday. That is the day that Dr. James Andrews will examine the quarterback’s right knee and give his thumbs up or thumbs down on his status for the season opener.

The Redskins released their media schedule for the week and a Griffin press conference is not on it. They only practice on Monday and Tuesday this week before leaving on Wednesday for their game at Tampa Bay. Griffin usually talks to the media on Wednesdays so there will be RG3 presser at Redskins Park this week.

He’s not even scheduled to speak on Thursday, although he could be summoned to the podium briefly after the game if there is news on his status.

Many fans, and some in the media, are happy to have an RG3 free week. By my count, there have been nine Griffin pressers at either Redskins Park or the training camp site in Richmond since the start of OTAs in May. We have received the message that Griffin wants to play Week 1 and believes he will be able to. The message that Mike Shanahan wants to be cautious in declaring Griffin ready to play has also been well disseminated.

There won’t be any more to add to the narrative until Thursday, when Andrews conducts his exam and gives his opinion. Even then, Mike Shanahan may take a few more days to make the final determination. In fact, I would expect him to do so if only to show that he’s being extra cautious and to show that he has the final call.

Those who think that Griffin has been talking to the media too much may have a point, but NFL media rules do require that a team’s starting quarterback to have a press conference on a regular basis. Even if that was not the case, it is wise to get a player in RG3’s position a chance to give his views in such a forum. The media is going to write about him whether he speaks or not so he might as well have an opportunity to shape the narrative.

Still, not having anything new to talk about was getting rather old. The next time we hear from Griffin in a press conference he will, if all works out as hoped, be preparing to play a game the Eagles on the following Monday. The narrative will shift to the field of play and, thankfully, the knee “controversy” will fade.

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Final Countdown: Punch to the gut floors Redskins in Arizona on 6th worst play of 2016

Final Countdown: Punch to the gut floors Redskins in Arizona on 6th worst play of 2016

As should be expected when a team goes 8-7-1, there were plenty of good moments and a lot of frustrating times during the Redskins’ 2016 season. Over the next couple of weeks, Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will take detailed looks at the 10 best plays of 2016 and, to present a more complete picture of the season, the 10 worst.

No. 6 worst play of 2016

Redskins at Cardinals Week 13

3:47 left in Q4, Cardinals ball at their own 34, 4th and 1, Cardinals leading 24-23

David Johnson up the middle to ARZ 48 for 14 yards (Josh Norman).

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Tandler: What's worse than a punch in the gut? A gut punch you don't see coming. The Redskins had pulled to within a point with plenty of time left to get a winning score—if the defense could get a stop. When Bruce Arians sent out his offense on fourth and one, the Redskins had to watch for Carson Palmer to try to draw them offside. In fact, Joe Barry told the Redskins not to expect a snap and to be sure not the jump. But they did snap the ball and Johnson ran for the easiest 14 yards up the gut you’ll ever see. The air was out of the Redskins’ comeback balloon and Palmer all but put it away a few plays later with a 42-yard TD pass to J.J. Nelson.

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Finlay: This is not the first 4th Down conversion on our list of bad plays, but perhaps the most important one. Washington desperately needed this stop, and the defense thought they had it on the 3rd down play prior. Only Arians did not flinch about going for it, much to Barry's surprise, and the 'Skins D had no shot at Johnson. This play illustrated the weakness of Washington's defensive front perhaps better than any other run all season.

10 best plays countdown

10 worst plays countdown

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With Matt Ryan in the Super Bowl, Kirk Cousins will make Pro Bowl, per report

With Matt Ryan in the Super Bowl, Kirk Cousins will make Pro Bowl, per report

Kirk Cousins' price tag just moved even higher with the news that he will replace Matt Ryan in the Pro Bowl. ESPN's John Keim reported the roster move first.

Ryan's Atlanta Falcons advanced to the Super Bowl on Sunday with a 44-21 dismantling of the Green Bay Packers. That victory means Ryan will not be available for the Pro Bowl, held this Sunday in Orlando. Cousins got his spot as an alternate.

Cousins gets the spot deservedly. This season he passed for 4,917 yards, completing 67 percent of his passes and throwing 25 TDs to 12 INTs. In two seasons since being named starter for the Redskins, Cousins has thrown for more than 9,000 yards. 

The Pro Bowl nod for Cousins will only make the Redskins pending contract talks that much tougher. The quarterback played in 2016 under the franchise tag, which netted him nearly $20 million. This season Washington could again place Cousins on the franchise tag, with a price tag around $24 million. Both sides can still work for a long-term deal, though the value of that contract would likely soar past $100 million and closer to $120 million.

Some questions exist within the Redskins organization if that is too much money devoted to one player, even if it is a Pro Bowl quarterback.

It's fitting that Cousins is subbing in for Ryan, who has found much success playing under Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. All signs points to Shanahan taking over as the 49ers head coach after the Super Bowl, and a report emerged that San Francisco would make a strong push to obtain Cousins, either in free agency or via trade. 

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