BedlamVR -- you can defend the quality and integrity of Skins FO, if you want. And it's your right to view Cousins as "sour grapes" (i.e., he was never really that good, not a leader, mercenary, never willing to bargain in good faith, etc, etc,) apparently in line with the themes of messagings coming out of sources the FO tends to use.
...But I won't. I won't allow the FO to make me deny all the quality of many of Cousins' performances on the field that I'd observed (and later replayed many times to gain full context). No QB is perfect, especially with a team still struggling to rebuild -- but Cousins showed me that he was worth being the Skins QB of the future.
And I won't allow the FO sources to make me forget the quality of CousIns --as a person. I observed many good things of Cousins in his college career --as well as his thoughtful speeches to civic groups;, his candid pressers; his tact and politeness in dealing with difficult questions in the media; on how he never threw anyone under the bus; on his modest, yet respectful way of living his life as an NFL quarterback; on the manyb hints of his strong devotion to God, marriage, and family; on his fierce competiveness to win, in all venues; and on being true to the virtues instilled in him by his parents (who were also virtuous people).
.. And somehow we're being asked by "friendly" FO sources, to believe that Cousins is this grasping, greedy Scrooge --who only cares about money? Apparently, the "Skins" cannot just let any decent quality personnel just leave, the FO prefers that these "deserters" must also be ridden out on a rail, tarred and feathered.
I contrast my observations of Cousins versus what I've observed from years' worth of charges, innuendos, etc. being laid at the feet of the Skins FO -- from many players, coaches, a GM and even the NFL -- during Snyder and recently Allen's reign. And frankly, I've grown disgusted with FO's sleazy, demeaning, devaluing tactics used on those who didn't surrender to their demands. Lastly, I've seen enough video of Bruce Allen to convince me of the power and perhaps even the willingness of his role for for having the FO engage in these tactics.
Cousins is not to blame for years of Skins dysfunction. (Oddly, his loyalty to his coaches and teammates probably made his leaving the franchise a harder decision than you'd think.) Look elsewhere ...towards the skybox!
Alex Smith --another good guy-- will probably serve well enough as a substitute, until his injury-prone supporting cast start winding up on IR. The sad thing is that he represents the feeling of the FO that you can get by with a standard-to- good QB, even though Skins have no running game, no passing game, and no healthy shutdown defense.
One can always point to how the Skins FO management and scouting have somewhat improved ... because when they're near the bottom-level performers, there's nowhere to go except upward. But don't fool yourself into believing that "GM" Allen who developed his style under Al Davis, and the Glazers, that you'll get a prime-level organization. (For example, what Allen lacks in negotiating relations he makes up for in post-negotiating spite!)
Lastly, a quick gut check: If you were to look back at the ferocity and pride with which you used to declare out loud ..I am a Redskins fan! ...from the times before Snyder's ownership versus today and what Snyder's FO has done to the current status of Skins... have you noticed it's become a little harder to be so proud, and forceful? It's almost been reduced to becoming more of statement of fact, rather than of pride.
BTW, I still declare publicly I'm a Skins fan, but, when I think of Redskins pride --- the last thing that comes to mind is Bruce Allen. I'm ashamed of him, his tactics, and the fact that he wants to field a team that wins profit margins, rather than division championships. Skins fans deserve more!