The Washington Redskins are in must-win mode as they try to chase down a playoff spot. They'll kick off Sunday with rookie quarterback Kirk Cousins making his first career start against the Cleveland Browns.
Cousins; play could have a significant impact on Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's future, NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi said Sunday on "First on the Field."
Shanahan has to get a lot of credit for the development of NFL Rookie of the Year candidate Robert Griffin III. The No. 2 overall draft pick came into the league with incredible skills and maturity, but Shanahan adapted the offense to best use the Heisman Trophy winner.
A successful outing by Cousins could signal to the rest of the NFL that Shanahan is ready for his first head-coaching opportunity. Preparing another rookie to play on a week's notice in a pressure situation certainly would be something to put on the resume.
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