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Steve Czaban is a 25 year sports radio veteran, who hosts an afternoon drive show in Washington D.C. "Czabe" also writes and edits his own commentaries for www.czabe.com and other on-line and print publications. He can be reached at czabe@yahoo.com.

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    Funny the pic in your column is exactly what Kirk needs to do, improvise on off-schedule and pass plays when the receivers are covered. Run Kirk!!!! Run!!!!. Being mobile, which he is, opens up those off-scheduled options.

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    Scott Nestlebush

    I had this same battle with fellow cowboys fans for virtually Romo’s entire career. They’ve got arguably a top 10 QB but they think there’s something better out there somewhere. When you ask them to name a replacement, you get crickets.

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    So are you taking a vacation from 980 this week?

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    Aaron B.

    I have Kirk and Andrew Luck on my fantasy team. I played Kirk over Luck in week 2 because I had a feeling Luck would struggle against Denver, and figured Kirk might bounce back from a tough week 1. I was at least half-right, and Kirk nearly doubled Luck’s fantasy points, making the difference between winning and losing the week for me.

    I realize fantasy points aren’t anywhere near the whole story, and I’ll take your word for it that Kirk has had two poor games. But I saw a lot of bad QB play on Sunday. QBs who had a worse QB rating than Kirk in week 2: Big Ben, Alex Smith, Rodgers, Flacco, Luck, Winston, and several others. I watched Rodgers throw right into an interception to lose the game. Does that mean he was pressing, worried about contract something-or-other? Or did he just have a bad game?

    It’s a lot of ado about nothing, that’s been generated because Kirk is in the odd position of hitting the end of his contract after a single year as a starter. If he still had a couple years to go on his initial contract, everyone would agree that last year showed great potential, that he’s bound to have some sophomore slumping to work through this year, that he still has things to learn, and that the plan is proceeding nicely. But throw in the contract stuff, plus all the remaining angst over Robert, and you get drama.

    I think your guest was wrong about one thing yesterday: there is another option between “Kirk has a great year and they pay him a bundle” and “Kirk busts and they dump him,” and it’s the one McCloughan has been angling for (which I think you suggested a while back): Kirk is worse, but still acceptable. The hope is that Kirk will be humbled enough to take a smaller contract, making management look smart. Or if he still wants a big contract, his lower production will justify letting him go and starting over. That way the Redskins would sort of have the upper hand again. Only problem is, for that to work, he can’t play too well or too badly — he has to be just bad enough. So far so good on that front, I guess.

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    Chris in SLC

    I’m sharing this well written story with the expectation you will pay me for delivering content as soon as Twitter pays you. So never.

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    TJ the Raider Fan

    The Skins have false hope generated from a division win in a horrible division. If not for last seasons Bucaneer second half meltdown, Skins fans would see this team & its coach for what it is. I’m a Raider fan; I know mediocre when I see it.


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