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Kirk Cousins played well, But lets maintain Perspective

I like Kirk Cousins.  I like him a lot.  But I would like him even more if his existence on the team didn’t now seem like it what was just a response by Mike Shanahan for having to draft Robert Griffin III against his wishes.  I just wish now that all of these mind games and media posturing by Shanahan and Redskins owner Daniel Snyder wasn’t happening.

Because I would be happy with either Cousins or RGIII at quarterback, but I sense it will never work out with the both of them.  Cousins looked fantastic at times against the Atlanta Falcons, and the Redskins offense maybe looked the best it has all season.  Cousins was in command of himself and the offense, showing a take charge demeanor that was nice to see.

Kirk Cousins

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His footwork and passing technique was good and he made some good reads.  The commentators were heaping praise all over Cousins in the first half, noting how he goes through his progressions and RGIII doesn’t, which is ridiculous by the way.  But Cousins did look really good, and at halftime the Fox crew even wondered aloud about a Redskins quarterback controversy.

Fox’s Michael Strahan pointed out at that Cousins wasn’t turning the ball over like Griffin had all season, and that was the difference for the Redskins.  But that didn’t last long did it?  As snap judgments can make people look like fools.  However, as good as Cousins looked, perspective has to be maintained.  Does the Falcons defense strike you as even remotely good?

They’re ranked 27th in the league, and I think Mike Shanahan gave the opportunity to Cousins to face them over RGIII not to elevate his trade value, but to try to make a statement.  And yet Cousins looking good against a bad defense doesn’t really prove much of anything.  A lot more information is needed before any definitive conclusions can be drawn.

Because just like with RGIII, defenses are getting more film to study on Cousins.  And they also know now he’s a formidable threat, so defenses will try even harder to stop him.  Unfortunately Cousins faces another bad defense next week in the Dallas Cowboys.  So looking at it on paper, he should have another good performance.

But even if he has a bad game, that wouldn’t mean much either would it?  I mean given the circumstances of what’s going on with such a dysfunctional franchise that is the Washington Redskins, it’s not necessarily the best environment to excel in.

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  • FrogBurger

    You can still judge him on fundamentals and his pocket presence, his reads and his accuracy were a lot better than RG3′s this season. The ball got out faster this game than any other game this season.

    • David Dorman

      I agree. That being said though, Kirk had an offseason of OTA’s and minicamps, as well as pre season to perfect his craft. I think if Griff had gotten the same it would have been a different story. Just my opinion.

      • Maurice Barksdale

        That’s another scenario people seem to keep forgetting. How would RGIII look this season if hadn’t torn his ACL and had an offseason to continue to improve his game? And I put that on Shanahan as well for not taking him out of the game before the knee went. That mistake is what has led to the team to point it’s at right now.

        • David Dorman

          Mike definitely has some blame with the injury, but so does Robert. There was audio from Trent Williams on the field when he asks Robert “are you alright?” Robert then says something like “Not really, but don’t say anything”. He was checked by the doctor and asked to his face and lied about it. I don’t really blame either one of them, Robert was being a competitor and Mike was trusting his QB. I think everyone deserves a little blame for that one.

          • Maurice Barksdale

            I equate this scenario to a hurt boxer. If the boxer is asked by his trainer do want to stop the fight? The boxer will say no because they are a competitor, and that should be expected. The boxer isn’t going to throw in his own towel, that’s up the trainer and medical staff to protect him from himself.

            And regardless of what Griffin said, he was obviously injured. He could barely walk let alone run. Shanahan just didn’t have the guts to take him out of the game. It’s on Shanahan. Players who remove themselves from a game are stigmatized as being weak. Remember Jay Cutler? He’s still trying to live that down.

    • Maurice Barksdale

      Cousins did look better than RGIII has, but again it was against the Falcons. They’re terrible. I think RGIII would have had a good game against them too.

  • David Dorman

    RG3 played against the worst defense in the league this year, the Dallas Cowboys. He was 48.7% completion, 0 TDs, 1 Int, and had a QB rating of under 60. I don’t know if he would have a good game against ATL but we will never know for sure.

    • Maurice Barksdale

      I thought RGIII would have had a good game against Dallas, but the Cowboys defense stepped up in that one. If you recall Jason Hatcher pretty much humiliated the Redskins offensive line, and was all over Griffin in that game. Also Brandon Carr did a good job of keeping Pierre Garcon in check.

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