Mike Shanahan had predicted the Redskins could get a first round pick for Kirk Cousins after his three game audition was over this season. And Cousins seemed to back up that talk initially, as he began his audition with a good performance against a bad Atlanta Falcons defense in week 15. But then he regressed a little against a weak Dallas Cowboys defense last week.
However, this week against a good New York Giants defense and bad weather, Cousins was unable to prove that he could be a starting quarterback in the NFL. The rain clearly had effect on how Cousins passed the football. And even though the Redskins receivers had some drops, Cousins didn’t seem to have the arm strength to get the ball to them consistently.
I still believe that Cousins has the potential to be a starter, but it’s not a certainty. To be fair to Cousins the situation he came into as the starter wasn’t exactly ideal. The team was consumed with controversy surrounding the head coach, and a losing season was already set in stone. So it’s not as though Cousins was really in a position to succeed.
But the numbers don’t lie. Cousins numbers as a starter are much worse than Robert Griffin III’s this season. And although there were some who believed that Kirk Cousins was the better option between the two at quarterback for the Redskins, I think Mike Shanahan’s little experiment has proven that’s not the case.
RGIII is clearly the better option in terms of arm strength, and making all the throws. Cousins has some really nice qualities that you want in a starter, but it’s clear that he needs more work and reps before a new coach or anyone else can look for him to play in front of RGIII. And there will be no first round pick coming the Redskins for Cousins, despite of what Shanahan thought.