“Coach ’em up….!”


So tonite, Jay Gruden pulls on his lucky socks called “Colt McCoy” and we’ll just see what happens. Hell, it’s not at all inconceivable that Colt plays great and the Redskins stun the 6-1 Cowboys under the JerryTron as 9.5 point underdogs.

But I’m not counting on it.

My problem with this move – aside from it being patently “dead end’ in nature – is that I wish Gruden did more to coach Kirk Cousins up, and BUILD his confidence – rather than burn it to the ground.

I saw this clip of Jags coach Gus Bradley with his young signal caller, high first rounder Blake Bortles. It was dramatic the difference. Sure I could do without much of the patently absurd “rah rah” from this guy, but hey – it’s his style.

Bradley makes sure to tell Bortles to “keep his head up” on the sidelines after picks. Good advice! Now, it doesn’t cure everything. Bortles three 3 picks in that game, and 3 more this Sunday against the Dolphins.

I look at so much shitty quarterbacking around this league from week to week, I just don’t think Cousins was anywhere near bad enough to be pulled. But this being Washington, and Gruden being a “win instantly” kind of guy I suppose… he had no time for patience.

Or maybe he’s already feeling the heat from the Belt Buckle Kid? Who knows?


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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.


  1. Cousins performance is getting worse every week and it’s bringing down the morale of the team. Looks to me like he is choking. Other team s have figured him out. No coincidence that his best performances are in relief when there are no expectations. But with a week to prepare ….. oy. And his ACCURACY has become a huge problem. So, if I’m the Skins, I’m looking for another back-up. Maybe it’s McCoy, maybe not. Let’s see what a few years maturation with the clipboard has done for him. But I’d get out of the Cousins business now.

  2. When was the last time Cousins got better during a game? McCoy has done exactly that 2 weeks in a row. Rust, I presume. But the best part of that is he doesn’t shrink under pressure. Maybe that sideline maturation is paying dividends.


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