Redskins: It’s time to consider parting ways with Jay Gruden
Kirk Cousins can carry the team
This may not be as popular of an opinion, but I believe Kirk Cousins has proven himself to be a top 10 quarterback this year. Sure, he has made mistakes at critical moments, but can the Redskins get a player better than Cousins to man the position? I would wager no. It seems likely that the team will find a way to keep Cousins this offseason, even if it means franchise tagging him at a value of $34 million.
Cousins has had one of his best years in the league despite the departure of McVay. He is one of the few skills position guys who didn’t regress this year, and his numbers back that up. Through 12 games, Cousins has completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,289 yards, 21 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. He has been an efficient starter and has been able to do a lot for the team.
It’s probable that Cousins will be able to succeed in a new offensive scheme, so if he stuck around, it would make the transition away from Gruden a bit easier. While Cousins has only ever been a full-time starter for a Gruden-led team, he has the skill set to fit into most offenses. He is accurate, mostly makes good decisions, has mobility, and has a pretty strong arm. Any new coach could find the perfect scheme for him and bring the offense to the next level.
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It just seems that Cousins has been carrying the offense for the past couple of years. The team hasn’t had a run game, but Cousins has still been able to step up and function as one of the best play action passers in the league. This would likely be the same without Gruden and at this point, it’s fair to wonder if Cousins is helping to carry Gruden this season.