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Again, no shame for the Skins in this loss. Or this season. Just some questions.

Why not see if backup quarterback Kirk Cousins, also a rookie, could have done something? He bailed out the team in that Ravens game when RG3 finally went out for good, then looked really strong as a starter the following week in a victory over Cleveland on the road.

Why put RG3 at unnecessary risk?

There’s a lot to like about this team beyond RG3. Rookie running back Alfred Morris set a team single-season rushing record. Pierre Garcon, when healthy, was a legitimate weapon at wide receiver. Logan Paulsen showed some serious promise at tight end. The offensive line held up much better than anyone had a right to expect.

And that’s just on offense. The defense, Sunday’s misadventures notwithstanding, made a ton of progress as the season rolled by. That was without standout outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, who missed almost the whole year with an injury.

Let’s not forget the Redskins also seem to have found gold in a new kicker. Kai Forbath made his first 17 field goals, a record for the start of a career.

Yep, this team is set up to be pretty good for a pretty long time.

But, and this is no disrespect toward the capable Cousins, don’t think for a second that bright future isn’t built around a healthy RG3. He’s so talented, as he showed so often this season. He’s so good. The town fell in love with him, as it should have.

Of course, you want him out there every single play. Just not when he’s obviously hurt.

Mike Harris is The Washington Times’ Sports Editor.