Redskins should consider signing Nick Mangold after Spencer Long’s injury
Kirk Cousins’ comfort level
Right now, Cousins is not doing too well in the preseason. He has struggled against starting defenses, and he looks off, just like he did at the beginning of the 2016 season. Losing Long, even if it’s just for the dress rehearsal game against the Cincinnati Bengals, may unsettle him a bit. With Long, he could rely on getting a clean snap every time. With Roullier, that is a bit more unknown. That’s not a knock on Roullier. It’s just that the relationship between a quarterback and a center can take time to build.
One thing that Mangold has that Roullier doesn’t is a great deal of experience. He played in 164 games over 11 seasons with the Jets, and learned how to run an offense with a great number of quarterbacks. He endured a lot of change, and he is used to working with new players at the positions.
For Mangold, working with Cousins wouldn’t be a major challenge. He would be able to easily adjust to Cousins’ cadence and learn the Redskins offense fairly quickly. The bigger adjustment for him would be being away from New York for the first time in his career. But if he wants to play, he will have to take a chance and go somewhere else.
For Cousins, having a trusted veteran in Mangold would allow him to relax a bit more at the line of scrimmage. He wouldn’t have to worry too much about helping with line calls if Mangold was in the game, provided that he knows the offense. It would essentially be the same as it was when they had Sullivan. Having a veteran at center can ease a lot of concerns on the offensive line.