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  1. This is excellent logic that I fear will go unremembered should Allen have shoulder issues early in his career as it has gone unremembered after other no-brainer moves we've made that have not always worked out. There are some who think we were stupid for hiring Spurrier, who, at the time, was considered an astoundingly fantastic hire. I've often said a move is a good one or a bad one the moment you make it, NOT based on how it works out, though how it works out CAN turn a dumb decision in to one fortunate to have been made. See Joe Gibbs when JKC made the hire initially as an example. You are right though, Allen is a decision that was absolutely the only one you could make given our needs and style of play. If he's fantastic it'll be good we made the choice but no special credit is earned for making the choice all of us would have made. Similarly, if he fails, no scorn exists for those who made a pick that was good this moment and remains good regardless of how Allen actually plays.
  2. It's true that Kirk is actually elite with regard to his time to delivery. He gets rid of the ball super quick. It is in this area he MAY be Brady or Brees in that he can process quickly enough to avoid pressure. McCoy CLEARLY does not have that and like RGIII will hold on to the ball longer. Now, for the first 9 games of 2015, Cousins threw about two passes you and I couldn't have thrown. He got rid of the ball so quickly nothing could develop and it was less a sixth sense and more a John Beck mockery. Obviously that changed the final 7 games and most of last year so I yield the point. BUT, if you watch coaches film you see a LOT is left on the field with Cousins as things that are developing are not waited on as the ball is out so quickly. This is NOT necessarily a bad thing as it likely is why he's effective. But I'm not yet sure what he shows is what Brady shows who is the closest to showing the same thing I've seen.
  3. ncr, if Cousins could have corrected the flaws that benched him in McCoy's favor through greater fluency in the offense it's likely McCoy could have improved on some of his, especially with improving talent on the offensive line. The point remains, if you KNEW McCoy could put up a season like Cousins did you'd trade Cousins, right? This is not actually as easy an answer because there's another factor. If Cousins is Brady or Brees you don't.
  4. I'm always around. I only have time to post a few times a year anymore. Damn kids and dogs :).
  5. This was a pretty "no-duh" pick when he fell to us. Before the draft, on the basis of free agency, I'd have said overall we had gotten worse as a team from a known and past performance basis. I think we lose overall on the exchange of Baker, RJF for McClain, McGee from known performance, though I'd say we got a bit more stiff against the run generally. Now with Allen we are CLEARLY and potentially VASTLY superior to what we had a year ago. Wildly so against the run and with Allen's ability to go inside in passing situations he'll more than make up for Baker's still surprising pass rush pop here and there. Sprinkle in Brown and Swearinger and the defense may actually have talent enough to present people problems here and there. I still think given neither of our outside backers can cover tight ends or running backs we'll need someone else in the secondary so Su'a can handle that, but in all, there's more talent at least :).
  6. I actually agree Nsekhe seems to be nearly as good (though I'm wildly behind paying Moses), but, while I don't necessarily believe what I'm writing next, I'll throw it up in any case. Some would argue Colt McCoy would provide a similar level of play to Cousins. Now, with Nsekhe, we've SEEN him play live and he is damn solid at both tackle spots so we have some comfort. McCoy has not played, not really. But, McCoy could fairly be said to have been a better college QB. He had a higher draft stock. He has a style of play that is similar in make up to Cousins in that he is believed to have intelligence and thinks quickly. He was a fairly typical young QB with a terrible Browns team. He certainly did more in his first few seasons in comparison to Cousins. Cousins got a chance in his third season, 2014, and was filled in by McCoy in 2014. In a similar sample size, McCoy played better. Now, that's water under the bridge. Cousins has come in and lifted his play. Seemingly he's corrected his major flaws with turnovers, and has put together two of the finest seasons we've ever had from a QB in our franchise history. In spite of that there is a LOT of thought he MAY not be the IT his stats appear to reveal. Certainly he's not as physically gifted as some of the QBs often considered elite. But he clearly is doing something right. The question, though, is whether he's worth $50 million if McCoy could do a similar job in a similar position for, say, $10 million. If McCoy could reasonable project to, say, 4300 yards, 22 TDs, 14 INTs, would you RATHER pay for that at a lower rate? McCoy started four games for us in 2014. If you kindly project his stats out over 16, his year would have been: 4228 yards, 16 TDs, 12 INTs with a 71 percent completion percentage and 96 or so QB rating. These games are useless as he did not perform that way, but had he done that in 2015 he'd have been franchised as Cousins was in 2016. If Cousins is Brees or Brady he probably is worth $50 million. If Cousins benefits from a system that seems pretty QB friendly and is really only a Top 15 or so QB, then he is not. So, let me ask it this way. If you KNEW, with fixed certainty, McCoy would have a season with the numbers above, would you trade Cousins for two first rounders?
  7. He's, by far, a 3-4. His "weakness" is he's not a true edge rusher in the 4-3 end, standup 3-4 backer. He's a grinder. He fits the defense we play for sure.
  8. Must have come after the NFL Network interview then as on the NFL network he screamed God Damn and dropped an F bomb and seemed like the cocaine may have given him a nose bleed.
  9. Uh, this Takk guy is...uh....not all there.
  10. DGF. He didn't rattle some of the players. He made them hate him. Pure hatred. Marty wasn't the same guy here as he was elsewhere. Here he was Alexander Haig. And he wanted to prove it. Cutting our lone Pro Bowler for wearing a hat. Having Darrell Green do fundamental punt catching drills just to see him dance. Lavar did like him. Dozens of players would have held out or quit had he remained or not changed. That's something well understood. The rallying cry was a team meeting where the outcome was "**** that son of a ****, play for us." And they did reasonably well. That Marty was a complete failure does not denote Spurrier was a complete success. He failed to produce as well. His failure was one of knowledge, execution and coaching philosophy, not demeanor and behavior. You can't coach the NFL to protect outside in and survive. He did because he felt if you saw a guy rushing you as a QB you could throw the ball before he hit you. While potentially true, when you have Patrick Ramsey who played like a deer in headlights, it doesn't work. That Spurrier also failed doesn't mean Marty succeeded. He came in to prove he was the sheriff. He made a total ass of himself turning the team against him -- again, except Lavar. And when told about it he said he would make no alterations whatsoever. Had he stayed, the following year's team would have gone 0-16. You can only harness that hatred to positive effect once. But, none of this is revisionist. I've been writing this since 2001, including indicating he had to be fired WHILE we were winning because the team was done with him. The man was an embarrassment because of how he behaved, not that he couldn't have been good.
  11. Snyder has ZERO input during Marty's time. That's a known fact. So you actually proved my point. You also proved a hazy memory. Marty was a failure. He cut Larry Centers for wearing a baseball cap. He alienated Darrell Green. Marty was a complete failure. THAT team rallied to 8-8 IN SPITE of Marty. The team got together and decided, every man, BUT Lavar, to IGNORE the coaches and just play for themselves. Dozens of the players would never have come back had Marty been here. It was a mutiny the likes the league had never seen. Snyder would STILL have kept him, but things like getting the players ice cream, but ONLY letting them have vanilla, because that was his favorite, didn't work, and Marty accepted no concept he needed to modify his game mildly to avoid a melt down. Marty generally embarrassed himself. Players like Chris Samuels took him down for being atrocious. Vinny Cerrato worked under Gibbs just fine. Snyder's most involvement with the team was during the Zorn time. And he realized that wasn't working pretty quickly. So he went back to the Marty model with Shanny. And, yes, Shanny wanted RGIII AND is the one who paid that price. Shanny, and everyone in the organization, wanted RGIII for less. But given an option of NOT getting him or paying more than they wanted, Shanny picked to pay more. Snyder owns the team. And like JKC and every owner in the league, including Kraft, when there is general disagreement among people in the organization, he sits and listens. If Belichick traded Tom Brady, he'd have to go to Kraft first. And he might get told no. That Brady is too much a part of the team's marketing and branding that even if it HELPED them for years to come, the financial loss would be too great. Football is still a business. Not each decision is a "football" only thing. When you cross in to the business, you typically have to talk to the man who handles it and that's always the guy who owns the team.
  12. That Robinson article cited a few days before the combine he was tipped off about something going on. On Feb. 6 Scot's grandmother died. On Feb. 28 the combine started. You are correct that's when things were starting to blossom into crisis mode. Why? Because this writer wasn't the only one being told by their sources inside NFL teams that no one could reach Scot. Otherwise we'd never have seen or heard any of this.
  13. This is fiction. Snyder doesn't offer input. Beyond, "If you want it, sure, but you'd better be right." That's been the case for years. You people who think he has even the smallest input into any aspect of our draft board, free agent targets, etc., are just, simply, wildly, wrong. Snyder has zippo to do with what the people who work for him want to do beyond paying for it and ensuring they know they are accountable for mistakes. Snyder's problem may be he's a tad too deferential to subordinates. Remember, in all those stories you read recently about Scot convincing Dan that Cousins was the guy, not "Dan's best buddy" RGIII, no one pointed out, Dan did what he was bid by his people. In spite of this close personal friendship with a player who is, I believe, out of the league.
  14. There was never a power struggle. Scot was never in power. He had full control over the free agent board, draft board and draft, ultimately. Gruden had full control over the final 53, as is proper, as well as the depth chart. And, yes, it's 100 percent true his voicemail was full and reporters have even reported it. It is accurate to say the team's leadership wanted Scot to be more productive as a GM as none of our success as a team in two years was due to his players. "Do your job", is exactly a phrase he heard. It's no secret Dan Snyder took a page out of Jack Kent Cooke's playbook. "You want this, ok, but you better be right." He was not right enough. Now, we still have a batch of guys who could turn him into a genius yet. If Doctson can play, and we get a couple other players to develop and, say, Spraight becomes a stud, then we'll be loving Scot for years. I do think over time he'd have been fine. He just lost his **** at the end. You can't go dark in this league and it's not the first time he's done that.
  15. Because, as i said and we all know, the Skins handled the exit entirely wrongly with the anonymous dump on Scot. They didn't need to do that. Had the team given just their two sentence announcement and allowed no other info they'd have come out pretty squeaky. But, as they are often happy to do to themselves, they botched it at the end.