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Redskins hire Jay Gruden
The Redskins didn't waste much time finding a replacement for Mike Shanahan, reportedly hiring Jay Gruden as their next head coach. Gruden, the brother of former head coach and current ESPN analyst Jon Gruden, helped bring the Bengals to the playoffs in each of his three seasons as the team's offensive coordinator, although they had difficulty translating their high-powered offense to the postseason. Gruden's task is clear, if difficult: help Robert Griffin III regain his 2012 form and turn Washington into a team that contends for -- and wins -- Super Bowls.
Redskins fire Shanahan
The Mike Shanahan era is over in Washington. The Redskins fired their coach after the team plunged from NFC East champions to the division basement and lost their final eight games. While many will blame Shanahan's departure on his testy relationship with quarterback Robert Griffin III, it's worth noting that he went 24-40 in four seasons in Washington and posted the same winning percentage as his two predecessors, Steve Spurrier and Jim Zorn. It remains to be seen if the next coach -- the eighth hired by owner Daniel Snyder in his 15-year tenure -- will turn things around.
Redskins to start Cousins
Robert Griffin III's sophomore season hasn't lived up to the promise of his debut year, and many are blaming his inability to fully recover from the knee injury he sustained in last year's playoffs. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has apparently seen enough, as the team will start backup Kirk Cousins over Griffin for this Sunday's game against the Falcons in Atlanta -- and, very likely, for the remainder of the season. Griffin is still the Redskins' quarterback of the future, but this scenario isn't what he or the team expected when they drafted him with the No. 2 pick in 2012.
RG III's leadership problem?
Robert Griffin III's sophomore season hasn't been awful, but neither has it been the raging success fans dreamed of after his stellar debut season. Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan still thinks Griffin can do it all, but former Washington cornerback Darrell Green criticized the young quarterback's leadership, saying that he doesn't know if the team really has a leader. Leadership is an important intangible for any quarterback -- does RG III have what it takes to motivate his teammates?