It’s going to be a brutal week here in DC on sports talk radio.
Line 1: “Kirk Cousins sucks.”
Line 2: “Scot McLoughan was right for NOT giving him a long term contract.”
Line 3: “The guy chokes under pressure. Even with a franchise tag salary, he’s already playing tight thinking about what will happen this off-season.”
Oh, I can hear these phone calls coming right now. And you know what, I’m not saying they are TOTALLY incorrect.
But let’s start by taking a longer view of what we are looking at.
If Kirk flames out, it’s a disaster. All of the money Scot will have “saved” by not signing him to a long term deal, WILL NOT be able to buy another QB who is better. In fact, it’s almost certain you couldn’t buy a Kirk REPLACEMENT on the open market… for any price.
And if you think Nate Sudfeld is some 6th round diamond-in-the-rough, then you think so based on nothing more than magical unicorn football wishes.
Kirk has played poorly so far in two games. No argument there. He’s been uncertain, inaccurate, late and sometimes brutally blind.
But here’s the reality: every team has spells where their QB plays like shit. Even the best teams, with the guys who are going to Canton under center. It happens. Watch the league, folks.
Last year, Kirk singlehandedly CARRIED this team, through a mortally wounded division, with a smoking hot final 12 games of the year.
Last year’s TEAM wasn’t that good. He carried them.
And this year’s TEAM isn’t seemingly any better. The defense is comically non-violent up front. The running game is a rumor. And the coaching staff has not exactly covered themselves in glory.
Kirk will play better. I am confident of that. And I think he’s still the best option we have at QB, for the foreseeable future. In the meantime, the struggle to get better ALL AROUND continues for the Redskins.
It’s what every good team does. They keep getting better. They keep getting younger. Look around at the starting 22. There are a lot of average guys, and worse yet, they are NOT young. This staff needs to somehow coach contributions out of guys that might not have seemed possible.
The Skins lost to Dallas today because they couldn’t close, and they couldn’t stop a rookie QB on his way to his first pro win. Hell, they didn’t do as much as scare him.
Kirk was a part of it, but not the only reason. So before you get your pitchforks out for #8, just remember: there IS no “Plan B” at quarterback.
If this doesn’t work, it’s back to the wilderness for a while. Nobody should be chesty, or giddy, about that.