Redskins Quarter Season Review – Five Hard Truths
1. The two Kirk Cousins
There are at least two Kirk Cousins that the Redskins have had start at Qb for them in the 2015 season.
One is little different from the one who was benched in 2014. He makes bad decisions, throws a lot of INTs and ultimately costs the team a win with these two issues.
Oct 4, 2015; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) avoids the rush by Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Brandon Graham (55) during the second half at FedEx Field. Washington Redskins won 23 – 20. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
The second one is more efficient, doesn’t try to gun the ball deep at every opportunity and tries to play within himself. This one isn’t a bad QB, even if his production is inconsistent even when he’s playing well.
As a starter, this second one could be a decent “game manager” who gets out-of-the-way and leaves it up to the defense and running game to try to scratch out a win.
There are two problems. Kirk is like a dog whose bit you in the face once. You’ll never truly trust him to put your face anywhere near his teeth again. Bad Kirk is still lurking out there and could easily have another melt down game at anytime.
And Kirk still has major issues in placing the ball in the right windows. Even when it’s Good Kirk, the passes are usually under thrown or put into windows where a competent DB can make a play on it.
Perhaps it’s not Good Kirk/Bad Kirk. Perhaps its more “Kirk against a good defense”/”Kirk against a bad defense.”
The next few weeks will give us more evidence for a conclusion. If Kirk continues this Jekyll and Hyde act depending on the quality of the defense he’s facing then we’ll have our answer.
Next: Truth #2: Jay Gruden