Going into the 2012 NFL draft I had Kirk Cousins down as a sleeper pick. I thought any team that drafted him might be getting a potential steal. But since the Washington Redskins were going to draft Robert Griffin III, I never imagined that Kirk Cousins would be a Redskin. But then Mike Shanahan surprised everyone and drafted Cousins in the 4th round.
At the time, I questioned the pick because the Redskins had so many other needs they could have addressed. And since they had Griffin in the fold, there wasn’t a pressing need for another QB. But when RGIII got injured late in the 2012 season, Cousins proved his worth by starting against the Cleveland Browns, and playing well in the win.
However, it’s unfortunate for Cousins that he’s caught up in a situation that seems to boil down to nothing more than politics. Even now looking back on the drafting of Cousins, it seems Mike Shanahan may have had another agenda in mind when he made the pick. Was Shanahan playing a game then in spite of owner Daniel Snyder?
When leaks surfaced earlier in the season that Shanahan didn’t want to make the trade for RGIII and wanted to pick Ryan Tannehill, it seems as though the “Shanahanigans” had started even then. So now with the Redskins organization seemingly imploding, it’s left to Kirk Cousins to start the last three game of the season, and try to prove to the rest of the league that he’s a capable starter.
And this with a team that appeared to quit on Mike Shanahan last week against the Chiefs, and with Shanahan basically starting Cousins to dare Snyder to fire him. It’s possible that Cousins energy can get the offense going. He has the talent, and you know he will give it his all. But will that be enough to elevate a team on a five game losing streak with a lame duck head coach? We’ll soon find out.