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.
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.