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Washington Football Team's Alex Smith plays during an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton) **FILE**

Alex Smith feels 'emboldened' by comeback season

- The Washington Times

Did Alex Smith just give a hint about his future? The Washington quarterback told CBS' '60 Minutes' on Sunday that he feels 'emboldened' after his comeback season. Smith told reporters that he would take a few weeks to decide whether he wanted to retire or play football in 2021.

FILE - Washington Football Team offensive guard Brandon Scherff (75) blocks during an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Landover, Md., in this Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, file photo. Scherff was selected Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, to The Associated Press All-Pro Team. (AP Photo/Daniel Kucin Jr., File)

After All-Pro season, Scherff in line for major payday

- The Washington Times

Before leaving the locker room following Washington'ss playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Morgan Moses had a brief exchange with Brandon Scherff. The right tackle told Scherff that the defeat wasn't the last game they played together. But Scherff, a pending free agent, couldn't answer with the same certainty.

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) scrambles against the Cincinnati Bengals during an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

With quarterback again a priority, Washington has plenty of options

- The Washington Times

Washington, once again, faces a familiar problem of having to determine who will be its franchise quarterback. Finding the right player for 2021 and beyond is particularly important for this set of circumstances as Washington's promising core could be further elevated with elite -- or even above-average -- production from under center. Washington's window to compete has opened and the team only has a few years before its foundational players like Terry McLaurin and Chase Young have to be paid.

Philadelphia Eagles' Doug Pederson walks the field before an NFL football game against the Washington Football Team, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)  **FILE**

Eagles fire coach Doug Pederson

- The Washington Times

The Philadelphia Eagles fired Pederson on Monday, just three years after the coach helped win a Super Bowl with the franchise. Pederson's exit comes after a tumultuous season in which the Eagles finished 4-11-1.

Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) dives to score a touchdown against Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebackers Kevin Minter (51) and Lavonte David (54) during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Heinicke's rally falls short as Washington loses to Tampa Bay

- The Washington Times

As Tampa Bay lined up to kickoff almost midway through the fourth quarter, Taylor Heinicke sprinted out of the locker room to rejoin his team. Washington's season and playoff hopes had come down to him, and so despite a shoulder injury minutes earlier, Heinicke just had to be out there.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) warms up before the first half of an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Key to stopping Brady? Pressure, pressure, pressure

- The Washington Times

Chase Young said he can't remember the first time he watched Tom Brady play quarterback. Who could blame him? The six-time Super Bowl champion was drafted just four days after Young was born -- meaning Young, now 21, grew up with Brady a fixture on television.

Washington defensive end Chase Young (99), left, head coach Ron Rivera, and quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr., (7) arrive for practice at the team's NFL football training facility, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)  **FILE**

Washington moves on in wake of Haskins' release

- The Washington Times

Ron Rivera didn't address his decision to cut Dwayne Haskins when his players gathered for Wednesday's practice. At that point, he said, there was no need. Instead, the Washington coach kept the focus on preparing for Sunday's do-or-die game in Philadelphia against the Eagles.

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) runs off the field after an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Landover, Md., Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. The New York Giants defeated the Washington Redskins 19-10. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Bit of glory, lots of pain in Washington's win-or-go-home history

- The Washington Times

Since 1978, when the NFL expanded to 16 games, Washington is 5-4 in Week 17 games in which the playoffs were still on the line. Of those five wins, only three resulted in a playoff berth -- tiebreakers kept Washington out of the dance in 1997 and 1985. Of those four losses, Washington actually still made the postseason once thanks to a tiebreaker, a scenario that can't happen Sunday.

Washington Football Team defensive end Chase Young (99) in action during an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020 in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Daniel Kucin Jr.) **FILE**

No preseason, no problem: NFL rookies shine in strange year

- Associated Press

Washington's Chase Young is among dozens of rookies who have made significant impacts this season, disproving the notion that losing preseason games and organized team activities because of the coronavirus pandemic would negatively affect first-year players. Instead, they broke records and raised eyebrows across the league.

Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) walking on the field before the start of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

How Washington's relationship with Haskins went so bad so fast

- The Washington Times

When Washington picked Dwayne Haskins, a hometown favorite of team owner Dan Snyder, at No. 15 in the 2019 NFL draft, the then-21-year-old had a defiant message for the franchises that had taken others ahead of him, telling cameras the league had "done messed up." Not quite two years later, it seems more likely the biggest mistake made that night was with the team that chose the Ohio State star -- not those that passed.

Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) and linebacker Jordan Kunaszyk (59) greet each other on the field prior to an NFL football game between the Carolina Panthers and the Washington Football Team, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

Washington demotes Dwayne Haskins again

- The Washington Times

Coach Ron Rivera said Monday that Dwayne Haskins will be in a backup role for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles with a playoff berth on the line -- even if Alex Smith (calf) is unable to start. That means Taylor Heinicke has officially moved past Haskins on the depth chart.

Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins warming up before the start of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Haskins to start against Panthers: reports

- The Washington Times

Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins will start Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers as Alex Smith will miss his second straight outing with a calf injury, according to multiple reports.

Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin (17) juggles with a ball and unable to make the catch while being covered by Seattle Seahawks free safety D.J. Reed (29) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

What has to happen for Washington to make the playoffs

- The Washington Times

You don't need NBC's Steve Kornacki or CNN's John King to understand how the Washington Football Team can make the playoffs this week. The scenario is pretty straight forward: If the team beats the Carolina Panthers and the New York Giants lose to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, Washington is in.

Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins warming up before the start of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Dwayne Haskins stripped of captainship

- The Washington Times

The Washington Football Team stripped Dwayne Haskins of his captainship as part of the quarterback's punishment related to an incident in which he was caught partying indoors without a mask with a group of women at a club. The team also fined Haskins, coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday.

Fans in their seats at FedEx Field before the start of an NFL football game between the New York Giants and Washington Football Team, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

This Christmas, Washington's diehards warm to new name, merchandise

- The Washington Times

When the franchise he practically rooted for his whole life changed their name to the "Washington Football Team," Jared Wasser swore he wasn't going to buy any of the team's new merchandise that might just become outdated in a year or two. But the 35-year-old Laytonsville, Maryland resident didn't take long to change his mind.

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SLIDESHOW: A Decade of Bruce Allen

SLIDESHOW: A Decade of Bruce Allen

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A year-by-year timeline of the Washington Redskins' most memorable gaffes and shortcomings of the 2010s, marking the 10-year anniversary of the hiring of team president and former general manager Bruce Allen.