A morning roundup of what the local and national media have to say about the Washington Redskins on Friday, December 13, 2013.
--A look at backup quarterback Kirk Cousins who will start vs. the Falcons on Sunday. This will be Cousins first opportunity to showcase his skills this season after being drafted in the fourth round of the 2012 draft.
--One reporter's take on current Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan and the future of the Redskins franchise and who should lead the team moving forward.
--A look at head coach Mike Shanahan and the quarterbacks that have played for him during his coaching career in Washington.
--Former Redskins player Albert Haynesworth spoke about head coach Mike Shanahan on Tennessee sports radio and said, "He doesn’t want anybody to be bigger than him."
--Redskins defensive lineman Adam Carriker has been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list and will not return to game time action this season.
--Toronto Mayer Rob Ford gives his take on the sitting of quarterback Robert Griffin III and why he agrees with head coach Mike Shanahan on resting Griffin for the last three games.
--Albert Haynesworth commented on players relationship with owner Dan Snyder and how things changed when head coach Mike Shanahan came to coach the team. Haynesworth said, "When Shanahan signed his deal, he made it to where he has in his contract where (Snyder) can’t talk to players."
--Receiver Santana Moss comments on newly elected starting quarterback Kirk Cousins. Moss said, "It’s almost like setting a guy up for failure."
--Special teams player Reed Doughty comments on the play of the special teams unit. The Redskins special teams vs. the Chiefs allowed two touchdowns on a punt and kickoff returns.
--Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan spoke to the media after practice on Thursday and said he had "zero involvement" with the decision to sit quarterback Robert Griffin III. Shanahan said, "I’ve got to go along with it."
--Redskins players are looking forward to changing the focus from off the field issues to focus on their play vs. the Falcons on Sunday. The Redskins-Falcons matchup is a battle of two former playoff teams and two teams with the same record of 3-10.
--Why one writer feels that the Shanahan father-son combination is not a good fit in Washington.
--Five questions the Redskins will have to answer before the Redskins play the Falcons including who will win the turnover battle. The Falcons are minus -11 and the Redskins have forced a turnover in all but one game this season.
--Head coach Mike Shanahan addressed the ESPN report that stated he was on the verge of quitting at the end of last season. Shanahan acknowledged the report but did not deny the claims in the article and said, "There’s always bits and pieces of an article that are true."
--Why offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will have other opportunities to coach if this is the last year he is with the Redskins. Shanahan has taken the Redskins offense has improved from 18th to 16th and to 5th over the last three seasons.
--A coalition of civil rights groups join forces in the attempt to get the Washington Redskins to change their name.
--Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith discusses the Redskins offense and quarterback Kirk Cousins. Cousins came in for Robert Griffin III vs. the Falcons last year and went 5 of 9 for 111 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions
--What you need to know two days away from the Redskins-Falcons matchup including head coach Mike Shanahan the problems with his offensive line. Shanahan said, " At the end of the day you're always trying to improve your football team."
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