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Kirk Cousins is becoming a distraction

I understand what Washington Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins is trying to do.  Probably at the behest of his agents, he’s out in the media making comments and trying to promote himself as much as a backup quarterback can.  He’s trying to get his name out there and get people talking about him to generate interest in a trade.

It’s obvious Cousins wants to be a starting quarterback in the NFL, as I’m sure most quarterbacks do.  But at some point enough is enough.  He’s made several comments about how he wouldn’t mind a trade to compete as a starter some where, but at the same time saying he’s happy being a backup to Robert Griffin III.

He’s basically trying to say he wants to be traded, but without stirring up controversy.  However, it seems the more Kirk Cousins talks, the more controversial he becomes.  As he was recently was asked about gays in the NFL, and put his foot in his mouth referencing to gay athletes that “Nobody’s perfect”.

Like I said I understand him trying to seize the moment as people are talking about him, but now it’s time to tone it down.  The actual starter Robert Griffin III has been relatively silent so far this off-season compared to the backup Cousins.  And at this point Cousins needs to take a step back and just let things play themselves out.

I think the Redskins should go ahead and trade Cousins to end the speculation about him, because it’s starting to become a distraction.  There’s just something wrong with the backup quarterback being out the media more than the starter is.  The longer this goes on, the bigger an issue it will become.

It’s not about giving RGIII competition as some say, as Cousins number really aren’t comparable to Griffin’s.  And it’s not about RGIII getting injured either, as I’ve pointed out that Griffin has only missed one start so far in his career.  It’s about the Redskins moving forward from last season with the least amount of distractions as possible.  And I don’t see Cousins presence helping with that endeavor.


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  • David Dorman

    I agree with the point of him being a distraction. I will say that not counting just Griffin’s starts that he has missed some playing time. Also let’s not act like his injury didn’t severely effect the teams games this past season. He looked like an injured QB almost the whole season, and I questioned why he was out there for the 1st half of it. Until he proves he can play without being reckless at times, we need Cousins in my mind. Even if we do trade him we NEED a solid backup. As for Cousins, I saw a QB that when we needed him and it wasn’t in junk game situations he was there for us. IE the Baltimore and Cleveland game. I don’t think the team even tried much the last games of the season.

    • Adam Banig

      That was soooo 2012…. Lol

    • Maurice Barksdale

      The point I’m making is that Cousins is not indispensable. Meaning I doubt the ship will sink without his presence at backup QB. I think we can all agree that Cousins is a decent backup, but he wants to start. The idea that the Redskins need him if RGIII gets injured has no validity to it. The stats prove that. Let Cousins go somewhere he compete to be a starter, and bring in a backup who wants be just that, a backup.

      • David Dorman

        The Redskins NEED a backup. That is an indisputable statement. Griffin has been hurt or recovering in the last 2 years more than he’s been healthy. Cousins is a young and cheap alternative if Griffin goes down, he needs to be on the roster. We have too many holes on the roster to draft another QB so why trade him? We also have too many holes to fill in FA so we dont need to add another position to that list. Cousins is a proven effective backup, why mess with that? Has anyone thought that maybe the media is approaching him, not the other way around?

        • Maurice Barksdale

          Every team in the NFL needs a backup. What the Redskins need to do is focus on keeping their starter healthy, so the backup never even plays. And yes Cousins is inexpensive, but I think it’s worth getting a true backup in there, someone who’s not trying to be a starter. There are plenty of good backups out there.

  • Adam Banig

    He’s been a distraction since the Shanahan’s stupidly took him over Brandon Boykin in the 2012 nfl draft

    • Maurice Barksdale

      I think it’s obvious now, that Shanahan didn’t want to draft RGIII, and relented because it’s what Daniel Snyder wanted. So since Shanahan was forced to take RGIII, he took his own guy in Cousins as a response to it later in that draft. And that whole mess between Snyder and Shanahan played itself out over the course of 2012 and 2013. Cousins needs to be traded.