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  1. Will Cousins Play For The Skins In 2018

    You need more than a good defense. The vaunted Jags defense was absolutely shredded by Pittsburgh. If the Jags had no running game to protect Bortles from himself and to minimize his need to contribute they would have been crushed by the Steelers. The most dominant team in the NFL in the past 10 - 15 years has been the Patriots. I think only one of their Super Bowl teams that had a dominant defense. What did a great defense do for the Jeff Fisher Rams? The Harbaugh 49ers? The O'Brien Texans? Or even for that matter the previous years Zimmer Vikings (who finally have a competent QB who can make plays in the pocket)? <No Super Bowl wins> What has the great Denver defense won since they lost the football genius (even though the body was worn out) of Peyton Manning? It's short sighted to believe that a great defense is going to help the Redskins win the Super Bowl. Even the Giants in their last two Super Bowl wins had to have Eli make some crazy good throws to win them the game. The key to consistently have your team in the playoff hunt is a damn good QB. To borrow a phrase from the Dem's years ago "It's the QB stupid!"
  2. Will Cousins Play For The Skins In 2018

    You're forgetting the most important advantage. The Browns aren't stuck with Dan Snyder as an owner.
  3. Will Cousins Play For The Skins In 2018

    If you can't make a deep run in the playoffs with Smith (and his history does not reflect the ability to do so) then what's the point? The Chiefs have a much better situation as far as skills players. We all saw what happened when Kelce went out. He was lost. We saw what happened to Kirk when his best weapon (Reed) went out. He threw for over 4K to a bunch of average players (minus Christ Thompson).
  4. Will Cousins Play For The Skins In 2018

    No offense, but I think the mark of a good NFL QB is the ability to be able to function in the pocket. If you can stay ahead of the sticks then play action with a rollout is great. But there will come a time (vs a good defense) when a defense will make your guy stay in the pocket and force him to read a defense and complete a 3rd and long. If a QB can't master that then he won't have a future in the NFL. Another drawback with a "mobile" QB is that those guys on the other side of the field are going to do what they can to knock that guy out of the game. It's not personal. It's just if they can put your starting QB on the sidelines then that's half the battle. You have DE's now that run faster than QBs. If my son were an NFL QB I'd counsel him to run sparingly and even then get down quickly!
  5. Will Cousins Play For The Skins In 2018

    I meant to say the "Nick Saban" Alabama era.
  6. Will Cousins Play For The Skins In 2018

    As far as the draft the Redskins are sitting at 13. Do you understand the kind of future draft capitol the team would have to give up to move into the top 5? Going from 6 to 2 cost the team three firsts (one was a swap) and a high second. That screwed the team in the long run as the defense could never catch up to the offense without a good influx of talent. Who is the can't miss, bet your house on it QB in this draft? Darnold? I'd puke in my mouth! USC QB's are trash in the NFL when they have to play against the same talent level (Sanchez, Leinart, Barkley, etc). Mayfield doesn't have the arm strength nor the height to play in the pocket and you can't make a living as a running QB in the NFL; not at his size. Rosen? Another over rated pac 12 QB who no one has seen play well vs a good defense. I like Lamar Jackson but in the NFL I fear he will be RG III 2.0. Josh Allen is about the only player who seems like he may have potential but he needs 3 years to develop. As for FA'S, you're not getting an Alex Smith for less than $20M a year. Kirk is better. Bridgewater and Bradford are damaged goods; can't count on either of them to finish the year. McCarron played for Alabama. You know how many good QBs Alabama has sent to the NFL? None. Besides, he would require a trade to get him and is he even worth it? And btw, he's played exactly 10 games. So, what does anybody know about him?
  7. Will Cousins Play For The Skins In 2018

    You would blow it up for two reasons: 1) The options for the position if Kirk leaves this year are grim. As far as skills players on offense who is there that is a must keep, can't lose player? Receivers suck. Tight ends can't block. Reed can't stay healthy. Sprinkle is a good blocker but as a receiver he won't scare anybody. Kelley, Perrine, etc are all average to below average. Thompson is good but at his size injuries are an issue. On defense Norman is already making noise about getting out of town. There's no depth on the D-line, LB position is in flux with injury and a lack of speed (except for ZB), and the team can never seem to get two safeties playing consistently without injury or bad performance. Special teams is garbage. Now, just imagine what kind of QB the team will need to uplift the team beyond an 8 - 8 record. Colt is not that guy. 2) By the time you find a QB you can pretty much say good bye to Trent, Reed, Davis, Thompson, Kerrigan, maybe Moses, Norman (he already seems to have slowed down), and most likely ZB (if we sign him). So, what are you building on? Scherff, Roullier, Allen, Ionaides, Fuller, Swearinger, and maybe our punter and kicker. The reality for the next few years without a top 10 - 15 QB is going to be dismal.
  8. Will Cousins Play For The Skins In 2018

    Agreed, I'd set the team up to draft Jake Fromm. Kid is impressive as hell for a true freshman. He was making some impressive NFL throws until Saban unleashed hell. Just keep Bruce distracted with an unlimited shopping spree at the local good will store.
  9. Will Cousins Play For The Skins In 2018

    Because Manziel. Because RG III. Because Kessler. Because Hogan. Because Kizer. I wonder how much of the NFL game you watch aside from the Redskins. QB play is absolutely critical for a team to remain competitive week to week (Jags will be exposed soon). Watch the Eagles without Wentz. That offense is not nearly the same.
  10. Will Cousins Play For The Skins In 2018

    Today's "record breaking contract" is the following year's "good deal: and the year after that is a "bargain." Since when has Kirk let the pressure of a contract get to him? He's bet on himself two years straight and it didn't affect his play. In fact, he actually improved in many areas. Actually, I think he would be an even better leader. Because he would be "the guy" for a change. And - I take him at his word. He said that if he felt like his contract was holding the team back from winning a SB he'd take a pay cut. The Jags have a great defense and a good running game. But do you really believe they're going to win a Super Bowl with Bortles? Everybody knows that you need a competent QB. A QB who is at least ranked 1 - 15. Even if we got an elite QB like Aaron Rodgers you're not guaranteed multiple Super Bowl wins. For all the talk about how good he is Green bay only has one SB with him as QB to show for it. (TB has Belichick who is the modern day Gibbs and he has a wife who is filthy rich so he's an outlier).
  11. Will Cousins Play For The Skins In 2018

    Lead a team? Who said that? But with a middle of the pack defense, middle of the pack running game, and at least one receiver who can win 1v1 any TEAM can win a Super Bowl with Kirk Cousins.
  12. Will Cousins Play For The Skins In 2018

    It all depends on how much a Super Bowl is worth to you. Do you think that teams like the Jets (48 years), Bills, and Jags wouldn't pay $80M to get at least one Super Bowl? Winning a SB is what it's all about. Otherwise, what's the point? Do you want to be the Jeff Fisher Rams? Who stockpiled draft picks but never even won the division? Not until they got some good QB play (thanks also to Sean). No one wins a damn thing for having a well managed Cap. Not that the team should go back to its old ways but there are certain positions that are too important to try and get by with an average Joe. And QB is the most important. The Redskins have an Above Average Joe and locking him up would allow them to focus the draft and FA on the missing pieces. With a new QB you're pushing the reset button.
  13. Will Cousins Play For The Skins In 2018

    Pro Kirk folks have been consistent in that we have not called Kirk elite but we recognize that a top tiered (even 10 - 15 in rank) QB has a market value and there is no sense crying about it. Paying market value for a QB that can set protections, maneuver in the pocket, stay healthy, read defenses, get thru progressions, in the prime of his playing years, and make every kind of throw is simply the cost of doing business. If RG III could do all those things he'd be getting paid too. That's just the way of the NFL. One way or another the team will have to pay someone dearly to play QB. I don't have the confidence in the FO to build a top 5 defense and a top 10 running game which is what an average QB would need to win a Super Bowl. Now, if you have a complaint it should not be with Kirk. It should be with your FO for grossly underestimating how Kirk would perform and for not providing the team (whether thru FA or good drafting) a comparable/sufficient replacement. They foolishly surrendered all their leverage. They bet on black and the wheel came up red. Time to settle up, spin again (at a much higher cost), or start forfeiting assets (lost draft capital in a trade for Kirk.)
  14. Will Cousins Play For The Skins In 2018

    Another issue for the FA market is how many players will want to come to Washington with fragile, weak armed Colt or some journeyman at QB? The only FA's you will get will be the mercenaries who want to get paid. Guys that will have a lot of soft tissue injuries until their contract is up for renewal. We've been down that road before.
  15. Will Cousins Play For The Skins In 2018

    Forget Brees. There's no way he's leaving New Orleans. SF will not give up Garoppolo either. After him, Kirk is the ONLY QB that could be considered a reliable starter worthy of $20M a year. No one else on that list are worth building a team around. ROFL - Gabbert and Osweiler should never be on a list of NFL QBs! They made our defense look good!