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RG3 not a done deal for Week 1--yet

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RG3 not a done deal for Week 1--yet

Will Robert Griffin III be the starting quarterback for the Redskins when they take on the Eagles on Sept. 9?

The short answer is that it seems very likely, perhaps inevitable. But the longer answer is that there are still one more hurdle to  clear before RG3’s status as the Week 1 starter is etched in stone.

This morning, Adam Schefter’s tweet stating that Griffin will start on Monday night against the Eagles seemed to confirm what many have thought for a long time. Griffin has seemed to be on track to be ready for the season almost from the moment Dr. James Andrews finished up the surgery. We heard he was “ahead of schedule” so often that it became a punch line. But every time he was seen in public, from the NFL awards dinner to the draft day appearance at FedEx Field to throwing during OTAs and minicamp, it seemed as though he was, yes, ahead of schedule.

But soon after Schefter reported this, word came out from sources inside the Redskins organization and from people close to Griffin that we should tap the brakes on it. He has not yet been cleared to play. That will not happen until tomorrow when Andrews is scheduled to watch Griffin work out before the Redskins’ preseason game in Tampa and then conduct an examination of his famous right knee.

Before that happens, it can’t be said that Griffin is “officially” cleared to play. But that appears to be a mere formality. Griffin said on the radio yesterday that he feels like he is no less than 100 percent.

Kyle Shanahan seems to agree. “I don’t think anybody knows if you’re 100 percent except the person who’s saying that,” said the Redskins’ offensive coordinator on Tuesday. “I mean, you only can know your own body. He’s such a good athlete, he could fool me; he looks 100 percent to me. He can fly around. He can make the throws. There’s no gimp at all – obviously he wouldn’t be out there if there was. But he looks good to me.”

Mike Shanahan also was impressed. “He had a good practice yesterday [Monday] and he had a good practice today [Tuesday],” said Shanahan. “I can see a big improvement from the start when he came out here the first day to where he is now. You can see he is in football shape and there hasn’t been a setback so everything has been very positive.”

Let’s see here, looks 100 percent, flying around, no gimp, making the throws, big improvement, in football shape, very positive—sure sounds like they’re talking about a guy who is their starter in 12 days to me.

It’s like you’re about to buy a house. The money is in the bank, everything checks out, the paperwork is ready to go. All that you need to do is hand over the check and sign the papers.

But you have that final walkthrough to do. And while it’s highly unlikely that you will find anything during that inspection that would derail the deal, it’s possible that you see cracks in the foundation, mold, or something else major that will change everything.

The chances are, however, that nothing will be found and you’ll sit down and sign the papers and the house will be yours.

The Andrews exam tomorrow is like that final inspection. It’s one more look to make sure everything is good to go. It’s a formality, but it’s there for a reason.

So we will have to wait a little bit longer to hear that Griffin is officially cleared to play. Hey, it’s been 231 days since his surgery, what difference is a few more days going to make?

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The Final Countdown: Eli Manning goes deep for the Redskins 7th worst play of the year

The Final Countdown: Eli Manning goes deep for the Redskins 7th worst play of the year

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. 7 worst play of 2016

Giants at Redskins, Week 17

4:02 left in Q4, Giants ball 1st and 10 at their own 31, game tied 10-10

Eli Manning pass deep left to Tavarres King pushed ob at WAS 25 for 44 yards (Will Blackmon).

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Tandler: It looked like the Redskins were on the verge of saving their season. They were down 10-0 in the third quarter but they battled back to tie it up in the late going. But after lulling the Redskins defense to sleep with running plays and short passes, Manning launched one deep down the left sideline. King, who had one reception for six yards on the season coming into the game, had a step on cornerback Greg Toler and he hauled in the pass for 44 yards. Four plays later Robbie Gould kicked a 40-yard field goal to give the Giants the lead.

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Finlay: In a terrible game that led to many more questions than answers for the Redskins, this play was just a huge, huge disappointment. Washington fought back to tie up a game that they had largely been outplayed in, particulrly in the first half. Remember, the Giants had nothing to play for while for the 'Skins, a win would put them in the playoffs. The New York offense was laregly nonexistent in the second half of this game, as it became obvious Eli Manning did not want to get hit. And still, the embattled Redskins defense gave up a long pass play to a dude that had contrbuted basically nothing all season. 

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Report: One team Redskins need to watch out for when it comes to Kirk Cousins this offseason

Report: One team Redskins need to watch out for when it comes to Kirk Cousins this offseason

Mike Shanahan likes Kirk Cousins, both as a person and as a quarterback. The former Redskins coach has made no secret about that. Luckilly for the 'Skins, especially with Cousins staring at free agency, Mike Shanahan is no longer coaching in the NFL.

His son Kyle, however, seems highly likely to take over as San Francisco 49ers head coach. And soon.

Kyle Shanahan currently serves as the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons, and once their playoff run ends, most expect Shanahan to be named Niners head coach. 

Why should Washington fans care? Allow ESPN's Adam Schefter to explain:

Kyle Shanahan is set to become the San Francisco 49ers' head coach after Atlanta's season ends. San Francisco needs a quarterback as much as any other team in the league. If Cousins is available, the 49ers would pursue him as hard as they've pursued Shanahan.

Even if Washington tags Cousins, San Francisco could attempt to pry him loose in a trade with a package that could include this year's No. 2 overall draft pick. And if Washington doesn't want to deal now, it could have issues later.

This news should not be a shock to Skins fans, but it should be taken seriously. Remember, Kyle Shanahan was part of the Washington organization when Cousins was drafted and the duo worked together in 2012 and 2013. Most quarterbacks would love to run Shanahan's No. 1 ranked offense from Atlanta, and the guess here says Cousins would probably jump at the opportunity. 

Still, much must be worked out.

While some in the Washington front office might have questions about what the long-term value should be in a Cousins contract, the team still has some control. They can place the franchise tag on Cousins this season, like they did last season, and work until mid-summer on a multi-year deal. Or Cousins can again play on a franchise tag in 2017, like he did in 2016 and passed for nearly 5,000 yards.

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What makes Schefter's report the most interesting is the mention of the No. 2 overall pick. Observing the Redskins in 2016, it became obvious the team needs more impact players on defense, and with the second overall pick combined with their own 17th pick and eight more after that, that could deliver an immediate boost. 

Whatever boost a package of draft picks might bring in will be hard pressed to match the production of Cousins. Finding a starting quarterback in the NFL is exceptionally hard, and while Cousins has shown flashes of a special player, he has certainly confirmed he is a capable player in two seasons at the helm of Jay Gruden's offense.

Scot McCloughan and the Redskins brain trust have a few more weeks before free agency, and with it, the deadline to again place the franchise tag on Cousins. It's nearly impossible to see a scenario where Cousins hits the open market this season, but if the No. 2 overall pick comes into play, other scenarios start to seem more possible. 

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