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Will Scot McCloughan situation steer Kirk Cousins, free agents away from Redskins?

Will Scot McCloughan situation steer Kirk Cousins, free agents away from Redskins?

The Redskins appear to be in full-blown turmoil as they approach a very critical time of the year.

We know that general manager Scot McCloughan missed at least the start of the combine and it appears that he will miss the entire event. There are reports by 106.7 The Fan, denied by McCloughan and others, that McCloughan has been absent from Redskins Park since February 20. All of this is on the heels of reports that the power of Jay Gruden and Bruce Allen is on the rise while McCloughan’s authority is shrinking.

The perception is that the franchise is in disarray. And when it comes to players who are evaluating whether to continue being employed by the Redskins and prospective free agents from other teams who might want to come to Washington, perception is reality.

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How is Kirk Cousins, who has about four months to decide whether he wants to remain with the Redskins for the long term, perceiving this? He has been with the organization for five years and there was turmoil in the beginning with the Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan battles and now there appear to be more problems brewing now. Why would he be excited about signing up for more of this?

Regarding Cousins, it should be noted that the team said to be most interested in acquiring him, the 49ers, haven’t been the model of consistency lately. Kyle Shanahan is the team’s fourth head coach in the last four seasons and they hired a TV analyst with zero front office experience to be the GM. Should he decide to leave for San Francisco, Cousins could be jump out of the frying pan and into the fire.

Back to the big picture, are Pierre Garçon and Chris Baker looking at this and shaking their heads? Do they want to sign up for three or four more years of this? Can they have confidence that the front office can assemble a winner so they have a shot at some success?

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And you have to wonder what potential free agent targets from other teams are thinking about all of this. Getting a player to come on board is a sales job and having a functional, stable organization can be a major selling point. If you don’t have one you need to hope that’s not high on the player’s list. The team can contact agents for players starting Tuesday morning. The team can arrange for visits and talk to players on the phone a week from today. You have to think that they will have questions about who is in charge. Will the Redskins have to pay a dysfunction premium on contracts to get players to come to Washington?

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Redskins Week 3 injury report: Five are listed as questionable

Redskins Week 3 injury report: Five are listed as questionable

The Redskins had a tough, physical game against the Rams last Sunday and it shows on the team’s injury report. Five players are listed as questionable for the coming game against the Raiders at FedEx Field.

TE Jordan Reed (chest), RB Rob Kelley (ribs), ILB Mason Foster (shoulder), S Montae Nicholson (shoulder), and CB Josh Norman (shoulder) are the players who are questionable.

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Of those players, Reed was the only one to miss a practice this week. He was out on Wednesday and was back on a limited basis on Thursday and Friday. The Pro Bowl tight end told reporters in the locker room that he will be in the lineup on Sunday.

There is particular concern about Kelley’s injury. He is likely to start as he usually does. But CSN is reporting that the team will have four running backs on the game day active list instead of the three they went with in Weeks 1 and 2. Mack Brown will dress for the Redskins after being inactive in both previous games.

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Pierre Garcon was fantastic vs. the Rams, but don't lament his departure just yet

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Pierre Garcon was fantastic vs. the Rams, but don't lament his departure just yet

Thursday night's Rams-49ers game was surprisingly fun. It was also unofficially the Check Out All These Ex-Redskins Now Playing or Working in California Bowl.

Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan, two former Washington offensive coordinators, are now in charge of the two teams. Old 'Skins like Aldrick Robinson, Derek Carrier and John Sullivan, meanwhile, were a part of the on-field action.

It was Pierre Garçon, though, who pushed Burgundy and Gold fans to take their phones out of their pocket and pen sad tweets. That's because the 31-year-old wideout caught seven Brian Hoyer passes (that's impressive on its own, by the way) for 142 yards vs. Los Angeles on Thursday Night Football.

And while his team lost 41-39, Garçon didn't deserve to with plays like this:

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Even with that standout performance, however, Redskins fans shouldn't be cursing the franchise for letting Garçon go. Not yet, anyway.

This past march, the veteran left D.C. after five seasons to sign with San Fran. His deal was a rich one: five years for $47.5 million ($17 million guaranteed at signing). The Niners can get out of it after two years, but it still is a sizable contract even with that potential exit.

That kind of money is the first thing those who miss Garçon should think about. Now, the Redskins didn't exactly handle their negotiations with him that smoothly, but in the end, unless he gave Washington a nice discount, he just would've cost a lot to keep.

Secondly, it's easy to slam the 'Skins for losing Garçon while Kirk Cousins and Co. have stalled through two games in 2017. But the reason that's happening thus far has more to do with Cousins' inaccuracy in Weeks 1 and 2 and an offensive line that's not at the level it should be than with that familiar No. 88 not lining up outside anymore.

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Would Garçon have made a difference for the Redskins against the Eagles and Rams if he were still here? Yeah, probably. But when Jay Gruden's unit starts operating at its normal speed and precision — and it will — the upset voices lamenting Garçon's departure will get quieter.

This is nothing against the guy who was the NFL's 2013 receptions leader and who's well on his way to another productive campaign. It's just that it feels premature to make the connection that allowing him to move on is what's ailing the Washington offense, or that it was a disastrous decision. 

Give Garçon's far cheaper replacements (Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson) more time. Wait for the quarterback and his linemen to sync up again. In a league with just 16 games, that's very hard to do, but let's see if those in the area long for Garçon in December as much as they are currently longing for him in September.