Blaming the QB is the easiest thing to do, and requires absolutely no knowledge of anything.
So far this morning i have seen folks complaining he threw it away on their last play, and while it looks bad to the rubes, they need a TD, and then a miracle..
but to get the TD they need receivers to get down to the end zone, and with 2 backups on the OL and a RT with a bad ankle, there just isn't time for them to get there. Protection breaks down, he has to roll out, Moses only has TWO sprained ankles and can't keep pressure from following him out.. no one is deep enough the game is over, and nothing can change that.
His worst play was taking a sack down in the Red Zone after escaping pressure, and if early morning memory serves, we converted the drive for a TD.. but the sack cost us about 30 valuable seconds of game clock.
He threw for 300 yards, 3 TD and the pick was a result of his arm being hit because again his walking wounded OL let the Eagles put consistent pressure on him throughout the second half.
Kirk doesn't drop passes, Terrelle ****ing Pryor does. Regularly. Kirk puts the ball in his hands.. not on his fingertips,, in his ****ing HANDS, and what is the rule for a receiver if the ball hits their hands?
CATCH THE ****ING THING.
Kirk isn't calling shallow out routes on key third downs in which the receivers fail him. Jordan reed misses on 3rd and short because he gets no vertical push and actually gives ground to catch the ball.. he doesn't give Kirk any other place to throw that ball. He has no Separation, and if the ball is thrown any more upfield it's a pick six. Jamison Crowder did much the same thing.. he runs straight across the field. He gives no indication he is going anywhere else.. Cooley described it on the radio during the broadcast,,, one stutter step, one step vertically creates enough separation to make that first down catch.. but he did nothing but run a straight line and let the defender stay right on his hip.
Kirk doesn't fail to put an arm around Carson Wentz and let him escape a sure sack and run for a mil.
That's a play that could have changed momentum.
Kirk doesn't block and neither do ANY of our TEs, and for some reason we keep trying to run the ball behind them. They are TERRIBLE blockers, across the board.
Kirk doesn't decide to stop running the ball, and even though i am a know nothing couch bound fan, i think that if you have backup linemen in the game, you run it.. you let them go FORWARD. Let them be physical and punch forward. asking backups that are moving all around the line to pass block is a taller order.
Kirk isn't trying to cover Zach Ertz (who false started twice.. and frankly, i see this a LOT in the NFL: this year.. guys who go in motion USED to not be able to keep moving UNLESS they were facing sideways.. now it seems they are allowed to turn to the LOS and hop step forward until the snap. That's a false start. On the Eagles last TD he does it clearly. Even LEANING forward is a false start.. I don't understand why this has been relaxed.
Kirk isn't getting toasted all night, DJ Swearinger is. Big gigantic plays.
Kirk isn't leaving yards on the field after a big play, Vernon Davis does that.. great! you got the ball and it's a big play,, but damn, he leaves a TON of yardage out there.. On his first big play if her just keeps his speed he splits the two tacklers and probably goes another 10-15 yards,, maybe even scores. On his second big play, he stops. Last week he runs across the field for 20 yards while gaining five YAC vertically.
Am I the only one who seems to see this? Am I wrong?
Kirk doesn't get called for a cheap ass hold from the entire other side of the field to prolong an Eagles drive, Bashaud Breeland does,, but that is more of an indicator of how bad the application of the rule is than anything. (Nevermind 2 straight plays with facemask calls.. I love me some Quinton Dunbar, but damn, that was a ridiculous facemask he committed. Dude! You have a BIG YELLOW glove,, they are going to see it when you stick it up and grab a facemask.)
Kirk probably had a few he could have thrown better, but so does every QB.
Lots of blame to go around, and lots of it is circumstantial.. the team is beat up. But sitting back and yapping about how it's Cousins fault.. frankly, if that is all you can see when watching a full football game, you don't really know what you're looking at.