Everyone loves the backup quarterback.
But now that Kirk Cousins is the man in Washington, he’ll have to be ready for the slings and arrows that come with the job. And after last night’s performance against the New York Giants, the clamor for Robert Griffin III to return just got louder.
Cousins was awful last night against the G-Men on national television. Kirk threw for 257 yards on 19 for 33 pass attempts for one TD. But the stat that really jumps off the sheet is the 4 INTs and 1 fumble that got the momentum shifted the Giants way. Suddenly, the calls for Cousins to replace Robert Griffin III, even if he comes back from injury, got quieter.
And as The Inquisitr previously reported, RG3 may be able to return this season after suffering a brutal dislocated ankle in Week 2 of the NFL season. But that hasn’t stopped the masses from thinking Cousins, not Griffin III, is a better fit for the offense overall. The Washington Post is even reporting that the feeling around the NFL is that this is Cousins’s job to lose.
“This isn’t Kirk Cousins’s job to win,” former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher has said. “Right now this is Kirk Cousins’s job to lose. He isn’t a backup like he talked about. Right now, he is the starter. He’s putting together a profile right now, a resume of these next seven weeks that will make the decision easy for the Redskins: either they sign him to a contract or they’re still looking for the quarterback of the future. We’re seeing it unfold before our eyes — the future of Kirk Cousins and the Redskins.”
ESPN’s Washington Redskins blogger John Kein noted that the team’s problems also run much deeper than just quarterback.
“Yes, quarterback Kirk Cousins was dreadful,” Keim writes, “However, this franchise has a tough time supporting young quarterbacks because so many other parts need fixing.”
The post continues, “The Redskins have done a poor job building their secondary. Blame some of it on the salary-cap mess of the past, but that doesn’t explain it all. Losing cornerback DeAngelo Hall to a ruptured Achilles tendon hurt quite a bit. Rookie Bashaud Breeland might be a quality starter in the future, but he’s not there yet, nor was he expected to be. He’ll compete and he’ll probably get better — and he was far from the problem, too.”
What do you think? Is Kirk Cousins the answer in Washington, or do you believe RG3 should be the starter once he returns?
[Kirk Cousins photo courtesy NJ.com]