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Redskins would have rocked 'Hard Knocks'

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Redskins would have rocked 'Hard Knocks'

It's official. The Miami Dolphins, will star in the next installment of HBO's 'Hard Knocks,' a behind the scenes look at NFL training camps. The immensely popular series had taken a hiatus as a result of the NFL lockout and is now back with a splash, right?Wellwhile it will be hard to replicate Rex Ryan's infamous (and don't forget, inspirational) snack quote, it's safe to say HBO show producers know what they are doing. Couple that with the gravitational pull of the NFL? Chances are, fans will at least check out the first episode.There are teams, however, that would have made this season 'must-see TV.' Teams such as the Washington Redskins, a franchise shrouded with secrecy, who naturally, declined HBO's offer.People love lists, so without further adieu, here are 5 reasons why the Redskins, headlining 'Hard Knocks,' would have captivated audiences:
1) RGIIIThe future of the Redskins franchise has been placed on the shoulders of a rookie quarterback, Robert Griffin III. Not just any QB, but a Heismann winner who brought Baylor University's program out of obscurity and into the national spotlight.In Mike Shanahan's own words, he is a 'natural' leader, just one of the reasons why the head coach is straying from his M.O. and building the offense around his coveted new signal caller. Heralded as the total package, Griffin is equally as dynamic off the field as he is on the grid iron. Griffin has some huge socks to fill, not only must he live up to the hype--he must surpass it.
2) Coach Mike Shanahan's new found 'swag'Coach Mike Shanahan has said he is 'excited' about the future of the Redskins and it shows. A smile across Shanny's face used to be something of a mythical occurrence, say a Bigfoot sighting or Albert Haynesworth dropping a few lbs, but Mike has something to smile about and he does so quite often. Why is the usually stoic coach all of a sudden so jovial? Just reference the first entry on this list.The stakes are high for Shanny. With two super bowl rings under his belt, he's going for a third and trying to solidify a spot in the Hall of Fame. The head coach is not only responsible for grooming a young man to be an elite QB, but his son, offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan is also under his tutelage. Young Shanahan is poised to be a head coach one day. Imagine cameras honed in on THAT dynamic under the pro-football pressure...Shanahan probably has some better soundbites than, 'Let's go eat a goddamn snack,' in his artillery, but we'll never know.
3) The validation of London FletcherLinebacker, London Fletcher is entering the fifteenth season of his NFL career.Marinate on that for a secondin fact, take a whole minute.In 2011, Fletcher started all 16 games for the Redskins. Fletcher recorded 1.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, and led the league in tackles with 166 (NFL GSIS). And yet, Fletcher didn't make the initial 2012 Pro Bowl roster, he was an alternate.While RGIII will be the face of Washington's franchise, in terms of leading the team, the QB will be taking his queues from Fletcher. 'Hard Knocks' would have given 59 national exposure to all football fans, not just the burgundy and gold faithful.
4) The redemption of Fred Davis and Trent WilliamsBoth Davis and Williams appear to have learned a lesson after their off-field 'indiscretions' led to a four-game suspension at the end of last season.In the off-season Davis was still anointed with the franchise tag after a career year with 59 catches for 796 yards and three touchdowns prior to the penalty. Offensive co-captain, Williams as the Skins' left tackle, is bestowed with duty of protecting RGIII's blindside.As Mike Shanahan looks to rid his roster of problem players, Davis and Williams will be under a fine microscope. Ultimately, the two were judged harshly not by what was seen as a malicious decision, but rather an idiotic one. Actions speak louder than words, so Davis and Williams now have to walk the walk and it would be interesting to have a camera present for whether they prevail or fail.
5) The spectacle that is 'RGIII Mania'Had to sneak in Griffin on this list one more time, right? Imagine front row seats to the circus, led by the charismatic ringmaster, Robert Griffin III. For those not in the greater Washington area, it is hard to convey the magnitude of Griffin hysteria. That's where the 'Hard Knocks' cameras come in.Forget about what Griffin can do on the field, RGIII is a media savvy, beat boxing, mega-star that sponsors only dream about. He has his own line of socks, seriously who does that?And the fans love their burgundy and gold savior. Robert Griffin III currently has the NFLs top-selling jersey. He hasn't played a snap in the NFL, apologies on the repetitiveness, but seriously who does that?One of CSNWashington.com's most viewed videos in the past few weeks is of RGIII simply pumping a lil iron and to clarify little--there's only 8 secs of footage.Fans simply cannot get enough of RGIII. Imagine a film crew with RGIII as settles in to his first place out of college and gets to know the DMV, along with his finance. Or actual footage of RGIII sharing a burrito with Kirk Cousins?Or better yet, a moment when Griffin isn't so TV polishedwould fans get a different glimpse of Robert?
Disagree with any of these? Did I miss something? Let us know in the comments below!Better yet, the Redskins choose to pass on the show for a reason, what do you think is the number 1 reason why it's a good thing Washington opted out of 'Hard Knocks'?

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Is being nice hurting Kirk Cousins?

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Is being nice hurting Kirk Cousins?

JP Finlay and Rich Tandler are back for Episode 52 of the #RedskinsTalk Podcast.

With franchise tag day fast approaching, JP and Rich continue to discuss the Kirk Cousins contract situation. Cousins is a positive guy with a great attitude.

But does his happy-go-lucky demeanor actually hurt him at the bargaining table?

Fire up the podcast below. 

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DeSean Jackson wants to play with a great QB, and says Kirk Cousins fits that

DeSean Jackson wants to play with a great QB, and says Kirk Cousins fits that

Like a point guard and a shooter or a pitcher and a catcher, a quarterback and a wide receiver rely on each other. Free-agent-to-be DeSean Jackson understands that, and it's clear that the skill level of the signal caller will factor in to his decision when it's time to sign his next contract this March.

"I would love to play with a great quarterback," he told Adam Schefter in a podcast interview with the reporter. "I think Kirk Cousins is a great quarterback, he's done some great things these past couple of years as far as statistics. If it is another team out there that I'd have to go to or however it goes, we definitely know the business of the NFL. I would love to play with a great quarterback."

As is the case with any other passer and pass catcher, Cousins and Jackson miss on throws, or Cousins will look elsewhere on a certain play and Jackson will throw his hands up, exasperated that he wasn't the QB's target on that down. In the past three seasons, though, and especially the last two, the pair has connected on plenty of deep balls to add an electric element to what used to be a slogging Redskins offense.

But Cousins isn't the only NFC East quarterback the 30-year-old receiver respects.

"Carson Wentz, he came in and had a heck of a year," Jackson said of the Eagles promising young prospect. "He killed it. He showed he can do it, and he has all the intangibles of being a big-time quarterback in this league."

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That statement, of course, acted as a perfect transition to Schefter wondering how the ex-Eagle felt about possibly returning to Philadelphia.

"It definitely is a great story and ending, I guess you could say," Jackson said about the idea. "You just kind of think about all that, you started somewhere and maybe you want to finish it. There's a lot of speculation of a lot of thoughts. It all sounds good, but you never really know until the final decision is made."

Going off of those quotes, two conclusions can be made. The first: If the Burgundy and Gold don't re-sign or franchise tag Cousins, Jackson's interest in staying in D.C. would likely take a huge hit. With respect to the other options on the roster, Cousins is the only reputable quarterback on the Redskins, which Jackson said matters to him.

The second, meanwhile, would've been hard to fathom a few years ago: A reunion with the Eagles isn't a stretch at all. Wentz is an up-and-comer under center, and Jackson respects head coach Doug Pederson. 

Later in the interview, Jackson said he can thrive for another four or five years in the league. Whether he can accomplish that isn't the only question; what uniform he'll be wearing as he looks to play into his mid-30s is still up in the air as well.

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