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Redskins' tight end Logan Paulsen (82) tries to break the tackle of the Bills defenders after catching a pass and running for a first down during their NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Landover, Md. Redskins defeated the Bills 30-7. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

Redskins trying to find motivation for final game of a trying season

Within 48 hours of the final contest ending, the Redskins could have moved on from Mike Shanahan and his coaching staff and turned in a new direction. Again. Players will have packed their gear and most will have headed back to their offseason homes to lick their wounds. The question between now and then: How do you get through that final game when there is nothing at stake. Published December 26, 2013

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III talks with Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (12) after Cousins threw an interception as the Washington Redskins play the Dallas Cowboys at FedExField, Landover, Md., December 22, 2013. (Dan DeCook/Special to The Washington Times)

Kirk Cousins steps into 'tough job,' gets mixed results

Maybe Cousins plays well enough these last three weeks to boost his own trade value in a league desperate for competent quarterbacks, let alone stars at that position. But it's doubtful that's happened with these two recent performances. Published December 23, 2013

Washington Redskins inside linebacker London Fletcher (59) waves to fans as he leaves the field after the Washington Redskins lose to the Dallas Cowboys 24-23 at FedExField, Landover, Md., Sunday, December 22, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Redskins notes: London Fletcher bids farewell to home fans

Fletcher was the last man off the field. Playing in what is almost certainly his final home game at FedEx Field, it was a fitting exit even if the result on the field was another blow to a proud veteran. Published December 22, 2013

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo scrambles to avoid the pursuit of Redskins linebacker Rob Jackson to keep a drive alive during the fourth quarter Sunday. (preston keres/special to the washington times)

Tony Romo flips the script to stun Redskins

"I know he's much maligned in some of the things he's done in the past that probably cost them ballgames," said Redskins linebacker London Fletcher. "But today he made plays to win the ballgame." Published December 22, 2013

Washington Capitals' Tom Wilson in action during an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Capitals rookie Tom Wilson working his way along NHL learning curve

Suddenly, playing junior hockey for the Plymouth Whalers in the Ontario Hockey League seems like a long time ago. Wilson is 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds — "a 19-year-old kid in a 40-year-old man's body," said teammate Joel Ward — and the competition in the OHL was no match for him. But for now his role with Caps is intentionally simple. Published December 19, 2013

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (12) works against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Kirk Cousins playing for more than just Redskins down the stretch

While he insists the Redskins remain Robert Griffin III's team, now and in the future, Cousins has two more opportunities this season to prove to teams around the NFL that he isn't far away from a starting job. Even Mike Shanahan, his own coach, openly acknowledges that a strong finish from Cousins could net the organization a first-round pick in a trade. Published December 18, 2013

Washington Redskins inside linebacker London Fletcher (59) leads the defense in a pre game talk in the tunnel before the Washington Redskins play the Chicago Bears at FedExField, Landover, Md., Sunday, October 20, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

London Fletcher 'more than likely' retiring after season

Fletcher, 38, is in his seventh season with the Redskins and has led the team in tackles each year since his arrival in 2007. He has been selected to the Pro Bowl after each of the last four seasons, was named an All-Pro in 2011 and 2012 and led the NFL with 166 tackles in 2011. Published December 18, 2013

Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon (88) makes a catch against Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant (21) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Atlanta. Moss scored a touchdown on the play. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Redskins notes: Pierre Garcon continues to be a bright spot in a dismal season

Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon has been one of the few bright spots in a difficult season. That trend continued on Sunday in a 27-26 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Garcon finished with seven receptions on 10 targets for 129 yards. That included a 53-yard touchdown reception that pulled the Redskins within 17-14 after falling behind by two scores early. Published December 15, 2013

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan huddles up with the offense during an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Redskins, Falcons share record, little else

They were both division champions last season, playoff teams that figured bigger things were in store for 2013. Instead, when the Redskins and the Atlanta Falcons meet on Sunday afternoon at the Georgia Dome, the wreckage of a lost season will haunt them both. Published December 14, 2013

Player agent Scott Boras, right, talks to the media at baseball's winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

At MLB winter meetings, seamheads can see and be seen

Part job fair, part executive gathering, part frat party, the four-day winter meetings have it all. Thousands of baseball people, from minor-league job seekers to equipment managers, converge every December. Almost none of them leave the hotel, this year Disney's Swan and Dolphin Resort just outside Orlando. Published December 11, 2013

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2013, file photo, New York Yankees' Robinson Cano looks to the stands while batting during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. Representatives for  the free-agent met Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, with the Yankees, and the gap between the sides remains wide, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.  The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized. The person adds the sides may meet again Wednesday. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

2013 MLB winter meetings: What to watch for in Orlando

Major League Baseball's offseason often crests with its annual winter meetings, held this year in Orlando, Fla., next Monday-Thursday. With all of the sport's key executives and agents in one location, signings and trades come fast and furious. So what can we expect next week? Published December 5, 2013

Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, left, talks with quarterback Robert Griffin III during warm ups before an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

RG3's relationship with Shanahans a work in progress

Mike Shanahan, Kyle Shanahan and Robert Griffin III continue to field questions about their commitment and trust in each other. It has been a theme that has dogged the Redskins since late last season when Griffin first injured his right knee. Published December 4, 2013

Detroit Tigers' Doug Fister pitches against the Cleveland Indians in a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Doug Fister addition lets Nationals rest easy with rotation

Washington has its top four starters on board for the next two seasons, a luxury few teams in the majors can boast. And with prices for even competent free-agent pitchers sky-high, that affords the Nats a nice weapon: financial flexibility. Published December 3, 2013

New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, left, tackles Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

RG3 starts fast, but Redskins' offense fades in loss

There is little left for Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III to say now. The playoffs long ago fell out of reach for his team. There is nothing left to play for now besides pride and teammates. Not even Griffin's best first half of the season, a 16-for-17 passing performance where almost everything he threw was on target, could take away the sting of yet another loss, this time 24-17 to the New York Giants. Published December 2, 2013

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is sacked by San Francisco 49ers tight end Demarcus Dobbs (83) in the fourth quarter as the Washington Redskins play the San Francisco 49ers in Monday Night Football at FedExField, Landover, Md., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

RG3 says he's still concentrating on the present, not the future

There are still five games left in a miserable 2013 season and it would be easy for Robert Griffin III to start planning for the offseason work that he missed last year recovering from major knee surgery. He won't give in to the temptation. Published November 27, 2013