Sep 13, 2015; Landover, MD, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive back Brice McCain (24) intercepts a pass intended for Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon (88) in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. The Dolphins won 17-10. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
3. Cut out the turnovers
There has been considerable debate as to whether Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins should be held accountable for the interceptions he through last Sunday. The first one for sure but with the second one, some think WR Pierre Garcon should have tried harder to catch it.
Which I think proves my point. I think Garcon did try hard but had the ball actually been a good pass, Garcon wouldn’t have had to try harder. I understand that sometimes late in games you need to try to make something happen but you shouldn’t be careless with ball either.
Especially not Kirk Cousins, who’s known for throwing a lot of interceptions. Throwing the ball up for grabs and hoping your guy will make a play is a bad idea for him. He did it two plays in a row, one to Jordan Reed which was incomplete and the then the other to Garcon (intercepted).
Cousins did good by getting the ball out of his hands while under heavy pressure but the best thing he could have done was throw the ball away and try for the field goal. They still would have needed a TD to win but it would have at least put them in position to do it.
Some, like Mike Shanahan believe that Kirk Cousins can be a top ten quarterback and while that might be possible at some point, I think before that can happen Kirk Cousins should try to get through a game without throwing an interception first.
Next: 4. Continue to lean on the running game