The Redskins got crushed last night, and Kirk Cousins was a big reason why. After pulling things closer after an Alfred Morris TD run made it 24-14, Cousins completely went into the crapper. Four interceptions and 21 New York points later, the score was a 45-14 blowout. Cousins performance completely ruined every rationale of the people who believed that there was a quarterback controversy, and that Cousins was emerging as the one who would benefit from it by claiming the starting job from Robert Griffin III. Many of these people would tell you that RGIII was finished, that his 2012 playoff season was a fluke achieved through a gimmick offense, and that Cousins was going to be great in time. Any pointing out of Cousins apparent flaws was met with a firm dismissal based on one or two flimsy excuses. Well after last night, those excuses went from flimsy to broken, as did the supposed advantages Kirk has over Robert. Let’s take a look, shall we?
Excuse 1: The team had already given up last year
This is what you would be told when you brought up that the Redskins went 0-3 in Kirk’s starts last season. When Kirk was named the starter for the last three games, the Redskins were 3-10 and dead in the water. So according to Cousins supporters, the rest of the team was already focused on going home to their families and wasn’t focused on trying to win. Forget the fact that the first two were one point games, both in the fourth quarter and at the final buzzer. The mailing in had begun so anything that happened in those games didn’t matter. Well, last night’s thrashing took place in week 4, and the Redskins were 1-2 with a chance to even up their record both overall and in the division. 2-2 would put them back in hunt so there was plenty to play for here. Nobody gave up on anything last night, they just got whooped.
Excuse 2: Inadequate Preparation/Teammates
Last year Kirk didn’t work with the first team offense until week 15, and that was after 14 games so everyone was already banged up. Well, Kirk has gotten to work with the first unit in practice since the third game this season, when most everyone was healthy to start with. Not to mention he has better personnel to work with than he did last season. Desean Jackson and Andre Roberts are far superior to the running mates Pierre Garcon at wideout last year. In the three games he played this season, Cousins has failed to get the ball to the main wideouts in two of them. Last night Jackson had one catch, and in the Jacksonville game Garcon only had one. This is exactly the thing that Robert was getting killed for so Kirk should, too.
Excuse 3: It’s not his fault
This is what you get when Kirk would throw an interception or incompletion. The receiver ran the wrong way, or dropped the ball, or was being held. Sunday when Kirk got picked off in the fourth quarter against the Eagles I went right to the Facebook group I’m in just too see what people had to say. And to a man, the Cousins Crew blamed Niles Paul, the intended receiver for not running far enough. Well, last night’s interceptions were an exercise in bad quarterbacking. Each time he either made a bad throw against man coverage or failed to see the safety coming over the top. Some of them looked like a punt to the defender and not a forward pass. And last night the crew was pretty much silent.
Judging by what we saw last night and in the fourth quarter against the Eagles, Cousin looks like a backup. He’s shown a pattern of late game slides after promising starts, and last night took it to a new level. No matter what you think of RG3, If you think Cousins is the next Tom Brady go get your head examined.