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Redskins missed the boat on Kirk Cousins trade

The ship has sailed on Washington Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins. Once an overrated commodity in the offseason the Redskins were unable to pull the trigger on a trade and will now suffer.

The Redskins’ backup quarterback drew interest from a number of teams during the 2014 NFL Draft, but none of them interested general manager Bruce Allen.

One interested party, the Cleveland Browns, offered a fourth round pick during the draft according to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora. The Redskins were reportedly looking for a second-round selection or an allpro NFL selection.

Kirk CousinsThings were even better in the preseason when a number of reports stated “Cousins had been outplaying Robert Griffin III.”

But again, instead of pulling the trigger, the Redskins sat on it.

It had taken a whopping six games before the Kirk Cousins era came to a stop for the Washington Redskins.

At this point, we all saw what Kirk Cousins could do when RG3 was out, and it wasn’t that impressive. It wasn’t worth a second round pick and with the talent that surrounds each team in the NFL Draft, why would a team take a chance on something they have already seen and aren’t impressed with.

NFL team names under scrutiny

Recently, the Washington Redskins had their trademark taken away and many are up in arms about it. The next step; taking away the team’s name altogether. Even though the Washington franchise changed their name once before (in 1936 with the blessing of then head coach and Native-American Lone Star Dietz) the Federal Government feels the name is too “disparaging” and time for a change. Maybe they’re right, but why stop there? There are plenty of teams that might be “pushing the envelope” just a bit. For this all-inclusive world we live in, here are some other teams that the Feds might want to consider going after next.

Cleveland Browns: Look, if “Redskins” is offensive, then the “Browns” is right there too. What are they playing at? Sure, they say the team is named after the supposed “father of modern football” Paul Brown, but it seems a little too sketchy if you ask me. Tones of brown are the color of some people’s skin. Actually a lot of people. Should the league really be calling attention to that? Oh, it’s also offensive to the elfish community. Possible new name: Cleveland Tootsies

49ersSan Francisco 49ers: The word “49er” derives from the California Gold Rush of 1849. Pretty much any person who made their way to Northern California that year was dubbed a “49er”. The name might not seems offensive, but think about all the desperate people that made the long, arduous journey to possibly get rich. Mostly, the Gold Rush spawned many attacks on Native Americans, many of whom were forced from their lands. The mascot alone is enough to upset the most hardened prospector. Possible new name: San Francisco Fog

Minnesota Vikings: Much like the Redskins, the Vikings are named after a tribe of local Minnesota peoples. Vikings were a savage, seafaring people. The team’s name is offensive to our Norwegian cousins by implying that all Scandinavian-Americans are strong adventurers that vanquish their enemies swiftly, love the sea and fear Odin. Which, in all fairness, we’re all afraid of Anthony Hopkins.  Possible new name: Minnesota Myths

Miami Dolphins: Haven’t dolphins, as a people…well species been through enough? After years of being canned with tuna, slaughtered in the waters of Japan, and joked about by South Park, it’s time these creatures deserve a rest. It’s bad enough these clowns gentle mammals of the sea were portrayed so poorly with that hideous logo for decades. The NFL doesn’t want the WWF (not the glorious wrestling of old) on their backs regarding animal mistreatment. It may be time for a change. At least The Simpsons showed us the badass side of these animals. Possible new name: Miami Retirees 

New York GiantsNew York Giants: Sure, “Giants” may not seem offensive, but it does ostracize little people. The league doesn’t want to exclude anyone. Besides, how would this make actual giants feel, if they existed? They don’t exist, right? Possible new name: New York All-Heights

Pittsburgh Steelers: Now, I know they are named after the hardworking men…no, men and women…no, people of the American steel & iron industry, but its way too close to the word “steal”. We don’t want new fans to think the Steelers may be a bunch of thieves. Not to mention they only have three colored stars in their logo. Look guys, the world is a rainbow. Possible new name: Pittsburgh Workers

New Orleans Saints: Due to their large Catholic population, the New Orleans franchise settled on “The Saints” in 1966. And while this may seem on the up-and up, America is home to many religions. A lot of those religions like to protest. Seriously, I mean a lot. In order to avoid a long religious debate, the NFL may want to address this issue sooner rather later.  Possible new name: New Orleans Protest

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Gulf of Mexico was port home to many a sailor. None more than pirates. Disney might be able to get away with celebrating pirates, but not the NFL. These hooligans would sail the open water, going from island to island searching for beautiful women, treasure and other valuables. And when they weren’t doing that, they were drinking themselves silly or singing about it. Horrible. What precedent does it set to honor a rum-based lifestyle? It’s not like the league’s number one sponsor is an alcohol company. Possible new name: (bring back “Bucco Bruce” logo) Tampa Bay Flamencos

Houston Texans: The only reason this may seem offensive to people actually from Texas, IS because of the team. The Texans 2013 implosion was so embarrassing that fans started flocking to Dallas. OK, that’s probably not true, but they did burn jerseys like a Ukrainian an uprising. If I were a Texas native, I’d be offended. Possible new names: Houston Try-Harders

Michael Beaudwin is a NFL writer for TPF and can be reached at MBeaudwin@thepenaltyflagblog.com

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Welcome to the future of the NFL quarterback

The future of the NFL is upon us with quarterbacks like Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton as examples. Here’s a look at the future and the five franchise QB’s in the NFL.

5.  Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins : It’s no doubt why RG3 made this list with his spectacular play-making ability. His rookie season he put up 3,200 passing yards with 20 passing TD’s and only 5 int’s, and adding 815 rushing yards with 7 rushing TD’s as well. While he had a lackluster 2013 we will just chop that up to his injury at the end of 2012 season. We can fully expect him to bounce back to his peak form in 2014.

Colin Kaepernick
Colin Kaepernick

4. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers : Next on the list is Colin Kaepernick. While he was not drafted highly like RG3 he is just as spectacular to watch drafted 36th overall in the 2011 NFL draft. He replaced the injured Alex Smith in 2012 and lead the 49ers to the playoffs and then to the Super Bowl against the Baltimore Ravens. While his team came up short he had proven his place in the NFL. In his first full season as a starter in 2013 Kaepernick had 21 passing TD’s and 8 int’s to go along with 524 rushing yards and 4 rushing TD’s. One thing is for sure Kaepernick has brought the 49ers’ faithful back to their glory days and for that he deserves to be in the future five.

3. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers : Newton unlike all the previously mentioned, is not only an athletic freak, but also has a large frame which makes him even more impressive. Drafted 1st overall in the 2011 NFL Draft, Newton had the best rookie season of any QB in the history of the NFL. Throwing for 4,051 passing yards, 21 TD’s and 17 int’s with the addition of 706 rushing yards and 14 TD’s was astounding.  While not living up to the hype in his sophomore campaign, he bounced back in 2013 to lead the Panthers back to the playoffs for the first time since 2008. It looks like the Carolina Panthers may have found their first franchise QB. Now all they need is to put the right pieces around him and that is when the real magic will happen.

Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson

2. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks : Wilson, like Kaepernick, was not labeled great coming out of college as he was drafted in the 3rd round 75th overall. While the Seahawks just gave a huge pay-day to Matt Flynn, it was Wilson that would beat out him for the starting gig. After watching him play, it was easy to see why he was chosen. Even though Wilson has a small frame at 5’11 206 lbs he’s the shortest of the future 5, but he has the skills to get out of the pocket and make the big play. The highlight of Wilson’s young career is leading his Seahawks to a Lombardi trophy at the end of the 2013 season by beating Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

1. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts : Luck had a huge task being drafted by the Colts first overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. Following Peyton Manning was no easy job. Well, he has more than lived up to the hype and has already been named a two-time Pro Bowl quarterback. Much like Newton, Luck is big and athletic as well. Luck has already passed for 8,196 yards and had 46 TD’s with 27 int’s to go along with 632 rushing yards and 9 TD’s. The reason I have Luck first on my list of the future 5 is very simple he is the only one that has the complete package of size, speed, and smarts. While all the rest are great in their own right Luck is in a league of his own. The future of these NFL stars is bright as well as the NFL’s future to so just sit back and lets all enjoy the ride.