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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.

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  • Will Robert Griffin III ever be an elite NFL quarterback?

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  • Which team will win the NFC East next season?

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  • Will the Redskins ever win a Super Bowl with Jay Gruden and Robert Griffin III?

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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.

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  • Who bears the most responsibility for the Redskins' struggles in 2013?

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  • Does Mike Shanahan deserve another shot at coaching an NFL team?

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  • Should Robert Griffin III be the Redskins' franchise quarterback?

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  • Which of these factors do you think played the biggest role in the Redskins firing Mike Shanahan?

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  • Which NFL head coaching vacancy is the most appealing?

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  • Will the Redskins make the playoffs in 2014?

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  • Of the NFC East teams that missed the playoffs, which will win the most games in 2014?

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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.

What do you make of the Redskins deciding to start Kirk Cousins over Robert Griffin III in Sunday's game against the Falcons in Atlanta?

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  • Which team will win Sunday's game in Atlanta with Kirk Cousins starting for the Redskins?

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  • What has this season been for Robert Griffin III?

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  • Who is more to blame for Robert Griffin III's disappointing season?

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  • What is Mike Shanahan's future with the Redskins?

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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?

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  • Who do you blame the most for the Redskins' struggles this season?

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  • Will the Redskins ever win a Super Bowl with Robert Griffin III?

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  • Are you OK with retired players criticizing their former team's current players in public?

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NFL Week 11: Redskins at Eagles

It might not be the best division, but the NFC East is shaping up to be one of the most hotly contested. This becomes even more true if the Philadelphia Eagles -- they of a 5-5 record, a first-place tie and a stellar recent showing from quarterback Nick Foles -- can't snap their 10-game home losing streak Sunday. If not, that means Washington would be one step closer to repeating its 3-6-to-the-playoffs feat of 2012.

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  • How should Chip Kelly handle the Eagles' quarterback situation?

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  • What grade would you give Eagles coach Chip Kelly this season?

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  • Will Robert Griffin III return to form this season?

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  • Which quarterback would you rather have right now?

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  • What chance does Washington (3-6) have of making the playoffs?

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  • Will Washington win a playoff game with Robert Griffin III at quarterback and Mike Shanahan as coach?

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