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Shanahan can't Blame RGIII or Snyder for losing this time

Well, there’s no Robert Griffin III to blame for the Washington Redskins loss today.  No interference from Daniel Snyder on this one.  A new quarterback, and the same result.  In a game where the Atlanta Falcons showed why they may be the worst team in the NFL, the Redskins practically gave them the game with an absolutely pathetic seven turnovers.

Head coach Mike Shanahan started backup Kirk Cousins at quarterback, and Cousins had a very good performance, except for two costly interceptions in the second half.  Cousins lit up the Falcons secondary in the first half with over 200 yards passing, and the Redskins took a 20-17 lead into half-time.

But it seemed the Falcons defense started to catch up to Cousins in the second half, and he began to make mistakes.  Overall Cousins showed well for himself, and should feel very good about his performance.  But there’s no need to make any definitive declarations that Cousins is the second coming off of this game.

Kirk Cousins

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The Falcons defense is terrible, and I suspect that RGIII would have had a good game against them too, but we’ll never know.  However, what we do know is that once again a Mike Shanahan team did not perform well in all phases of the game.  This time turning the ball over as much as they did.

The Redskins should have won this game easy.  Both teams shared the same record, but the Falcons are clearly the worse of the two teams.  There was no RGIII at quarterback, and Daniel Snyder didn’t interfere when Shanahan benched him and went with Cousins.  So what’s Shanahan’s excuse now?

The Redskins keep losing and moral victories mean nothing at this point.  Shanahan went with the QB of his choice against a terrible team, and still couldn’t get the win.  But what else is new?  Shanahan’s record goes to 24-38 in four seasons, so losing isn’t exactly uncommon for the Redskins head coach.

And whether it’s Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman, John Beck, RGIII, and now Kirk Cousins at QB, Shanahan doesn’t think the problem rests with him.  It’s always on someone else.  And Shanahan claims he wants to come back as Redskins head coach?  But at 24-38, why is it even a debate?

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