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Kirk Cousins: Redskins’ pick “a little surprising”

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Everyone knew the Redskins would use their first pick in the draft, No. 2 overall, on quarterback Robert Griffin III. But no one expected the Redskins to use their third pick, No. 102 overall, on a quarterback as well. Not even that quarterback, Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins, who said after the draft that he hadn’t thought there was much chance of going to Washington.

I think it is a little surprising,” Cousins said. “I was trying to forecast which teams would be looking at quarterback and I didn’t see the Redskins thinking along those lines.”

Cousins said he’s aware that in 1994, the Redskins drafted Heath Shuler third overall, then drafted Gus Frerotte in the seventh round, and that Frerotte would eventually beat Shuler out for the starting job. But Cousins said he’s simply focusing right now on getting himself read for the Redskins’ first minicamp.

If Cousins ever beats Griffin out as the starter in Washington, that means Griffin has been a bust. But if the Redskins are confident that Cousins will be a good quarterback, the pick could make sense. A good backup quarterback is a valuable asset, and a backup quarterback who plays well enough that other teams think he can start can be turned into trade bait. The Cousins pick is surprising, but that doesn’t mean it won’t ultimately prove to be smart.

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  1. berniesboys says: Apr 29, 2012 7:07 AM

    Illogical.

  2. bass1717 says: Apr 29, 2012 7:08 AM

    Cousins has to play well in order for them to ever get any value in a trade. Washington better hope he never gets to play because that means RG3 is either a bust or is hurt. I hate the Redskins but I think they have a future star in RG3

  3. GG Eden says: Apr 29, 2012 7:09 AM

    Griffin is very unpolished still. Despite all the hype, that’s the truth. Some stats…

    RG III career record on the road 5-11, including 1-3 last year.

    He has only 7 career wins against bowl eligible teams.

    Quite the haul for a guy without much big game experience.

    RG III has played almost 75% of his career games in the state of Texas (only 9 career games outside of Texas, and only 2 career games outside of his time zone), including both his bowl games.

    Lots of on-the-job training for RG III, and you know the Skins are going to throw him in there immediately.

    Couple this with the fact that if you watch his games, and his “versus” videos, you’ll see a great majority of his work is with one-step drop first reads. That he struggles in the pocket if he has longer-developing routes, required to go thru progressions (which he didnt do much of), or toy with the safeties to not telegraph his throws. He often runs around like McNabb ad-lib style when he feels pressure, which will be his undoing in the NFL. And when he holds on too long, and runs, he will be prone to coughing up the rock.

    He requires a lot of work still. Drafting Cousins is quite interesting in terms of the press and fan reaction that will happen when it happens that Cousins develops quicker than RGIII (being more pro-ready), starting before RGIII perhaps, or, more likely, RGIII thrown to the wolves early because he is the marquee signing that “has to” start, but as he struggles seeing Cousins perhaps winning the starting job in like week 6, say, even if just temporarily until RGIII gets better.

    It’ll be a major talking point thru the season. Bookmark what I’ve said and look back in time.

  4. gadzod says: Apr 29, 2012 7:09 AM

    This is why Washington is not a good run franchise while Snider owns the team! You spend (3) 1st’s and (1) 2nd on a QB, just to get another QB 2 of your teams picks later? There are more pressing needs than a 2nd QB. Beck and Grossman are capable backups. It just makes no sense. Instead of drafting a player that can eventually start or actually be good enough to start. They needed WR help, a Center, a RT, maybe even an ILB, or maybe even a Safety. Yet, they wasted their relatively early pick on a player that you don’t expect to EVER see the field. How are you supposed to “flip” this player in 3-4 years? Showing what he has during preseason games? Please…..

  5. reppster says: Apr 29, 2012 7:15 AM

    Don’t worry Kirk, you’ll be starting by week 6.

  6. blkmanwtan says: Apr 29, 2012 7:22 AM

    Heath Shuler Gus Frerotte part 2!

  7. sturmbb says: Apr 29, 2012 7:23 AM

    Some teams take “Best Player Available’ to the extreme. Need should be a part of draft decisions, especially on a position that was already drafted….first overall.

  8. bhester1906 says: Apr 29, 2012 7:26 AM

    Don’t forget that Shanahan is probably on the hot seat. If RG3 doesn’t pan out he still has a young QB that he could use. #HHTR

  9. clw1906 says: Apr 29, 2012 7:32 AM

    GG Eden thanks for your incitful comments. So how much game film have you watch to come up with such detailed information. I’m going to guess as many highlights posted on YouTube as you could. Spare us the fake scouting report. Just because you google info doesn’t qualify you as a person in the know. Funny out of all the experts no one has said any of what you just said. I guess after playing madden you fancy yourself a head coach as well huh?

  10. rexismybff says: Apr 29, 2012 7:42 AM

    Welcome to the world of Mike “The Rat” Shanahan, Washington.

    Never allow success or a good plan get in your way of screwing with players’ minds or with their confidence, Shanny. Just because you can.

  11. GG Eden says: Apr 29, 2012 7:50 AM

    Like I said, clw1906, come back and let me know if im right or wrong. I am big enough to face the music whenever im wrong.

    If you don’t think RGIII needs development, that’s your issue. He is not pro-ready, you would know that. Have you watched his games? Seen his “versus” videos? Look out for the things I’ve mentioned, watch for those things.

  12. kliplee says: Apr 29, 2012 7:52 AM

    @gadzod they don’t need WR help, the line has more depth than you think, and finally the QB was the Redskins GREATEST need.

    You can’t honestly think that Beck and Grossman could lead the team to multiple wins?

    They addressed the problem in the draft, the way every team should.

  13. treymen says: Apr 29, 2012 7:52 AM

    And this is why none of you are scouts, general managers or work for the league.

  14. drop703 says: Apr 29, 2012 7:55 AM

    I definitely think that the Redskins should of went in a different direction with this pick, however based on the round he was getting picked in I think the league obviously views Cousins as a backup QB right now. I think that Washington feels the same way and this is going to be an upgrade over Grossman in the future….maybe even this year.

  15. tomcous says: Apr 29, 2012 7:59 AM

    This is actually a very good situation for Kirk. Very high end coaching … Opportunity to learn and view both good and bad …

    From Redskins perspective I don’t get it. This is like hedging a bet and it will cause RG3 to question staff loyalties.

    2 extremely good rookie QBs with Rex Grossman as the “stable” veteran presence?

  16. k0mbucha says: Apr 29, 2012 8:02 AM

    I find it funny that writers that are supposed to do their homework just simply drop the ball..

    The Packers drafted Aaron Rodgers AND Matt Flynn the same year WHILE farve was still their starting QB, don’t forget The Patriots drafted Ryan Mallett in the 3rd last year and let’s go back to another draft with the Cowboys drafting someone named Troy Aikman and Steve Walsh the same year.

    Ever wonder why the GB Packers have had great QB play for so long well let’s look at their QB draft history since 92` while Farve is in his prime and winning games

    Ty Detmer 9th rd in 92`
    Mark Brunnell 5th rd in `93
    Jay Barker 5th rd in `95
    Matt Hasselbeck 6th rd in `98
    Aaron Brooks 4th rd in `99

    The Redskins QB position was horrible last year with Beck, Grossman and McNabb. Grossman is gone next season, Beck was cut due to the Cousins pick so if you so that would have left the Redskins looking to fill 2 QB spots next season had they not grabbed Cousins in the 4th that was a great value pick.

    You have to have a good backup QB, just ask the Bears what happened when Cutler got hurt last year as well as the Texans last year when Schaub got hurt.

    GREAT MOVE by Shanahan to grab a 2nd rd rated QB in Cousins in the 4th rd!

  17. klee0384 says: Apr 29, 2012 8:13 AM

    The backup QB is a position no one thinks is important until the starter gets hurt. Just ask the Colts or the Eagles. Anyone who says Grossman or Beck are good backups has never watched either one play. Remember when Shanahan won his second Super Bowl, Elway went down for a stretch and they had to rely on Brister to win a few games.

  18. dmartin17 says: Apr 29, 2012 8:24 AM

    This stinks for Cousin, unless RG3 is a huge bust Cousins is never going to get a fair shot.

    Further more, what the hell are the Redskins thinking? Picking up a backup QB in the draft???

  19. LoCoSu@%s says: Apr 29, 2012 8:28 AM

    Shanahan has set himself up for trouble. If RG III has to be benched for poor play and Kirk Cousins does reasonably well, its going to be hard going back to RG III.
    If Kirk Cousins plays poorly as well, Shanahan’s going to be questioned why he drafted 2 rookie QBs instead of staying with a veteran QB.

    He’d better hope RG III plays well enough to keep Kirk off the field.

  20. GG Eden says: Apr 29, 2012 8:29 AM

    It’s understood that getting a good back-up is important, and that the Redskins did that.

    However, the issue here is…

    1) RGIII specifically is far from pro-ready while Cousins is more pro-ready (tho not as talented).

    2) In a way, Cousins has a leg-up on RGIII when training camp begins for this reason, so it opens the door to the speculation of a QB controversy, or a ‘nasty’ situation where Cousins could be developing quicker than RGIII.

    3) Thus, another hairy situation where Cousins could be possibly ahead of RGIII but the Redskins start RGIII day one, gets thrown to the wolves and hurts his development.

  21. exibitsman says: Apr 29, 2012 8:31 AM

    Kirk cousin’s will be the starting QB of. Washington redskins by week 6. RG3 not make it threw the season without getting a concussion.

  22. vtsquirm says: Apr 29, 2012 8:38 AM

    bhester1906 says:Apr 29, 2012 7:26 AM

    Don’t forget that Shanahan is probably on the hot seat. If RG3 doesn’t pan out he still has a young QB that he could use. #HHTR
    ___________________

    If RG3 is a bust… Shanny is getting fired, period.

  23. clw1906 says: Apr 29, 2012 8:41 AM

    GG Eden actually yes I’ve seen every game he has played in at Baylor. The fallacy in your argument is that all college level players need development. Your assessment is unique in that you are the only person I’ve ever heard that thinks Cousins needs less development than RGIII. It’s ridiculous and unfounded. Judging by your comments I am 100% confident again you haven’t really watched RGIII other than YouTube or highlights. He has improved in every year by leaps and bounds. An example is his deep ball accuracy jumping an astounding 30%+. This is info you can’t get from highlight reels but from actually watching and studying his career.

  24. garryjercia says: Apr 29, 2012 8:52 AM

    The skins front office has done a complete 180 since Danny boy hired Bruce Allen. They’ve built a talented young core while managing their inherited veteran contracts effectively. Are they 14 game winners, of course not; they are, however, headed in the right direction. Anybody still bashing them is either bitter or not paying attention. Sorry folks, the ‘go to’ rips on the skins just don’t apply anymore.

  25. thrstr says: Apr 29, 2012 8:54 AM

    Cousins was probably the best player on their board at that time, what’s wrong with bringing in another quality QB? It’s likely that Griffin will be unable to play at some point in the next few years due to injury (it happens). So they have another QB (besides Grossman) to step in. Chill morons.

  26. buccobruce says: Apr 29, 2012 9:11 AM

    Dear Redskins fans. When you start to feel bad about this pick just remember the Jags took a kicker 30+ spots earlier!!!! Bahahahahaha.

  27. 6ringofsteel says: Apr 29, 2012 9:17 AM

    k0mbucha the Packers were a winning team with no pressing needs, the Patriots last year were a winning team with a plethora of draft picks, and Johnson knew what he was doing in Dallas. The Redskins on the other hand are a team who have occupied the basement of the NFC east for the past 4 years.

  28. oranjellojones says: Apr 29, 2012 9:19 AM

    Hey GG Eden your “analysis” amounts to one of the bigger Captain Obvious posts we’ve ever seen on this site.

    NEWSFLASH: EVERY rookie QB who is drafted is in need of significant development. NONE of them are “NFL ready”.

    Furthermore you’re making a case that literally no other scout or reputable talent evaluator is making so you’ll have to understand our amused scoffs at your unsupported take.

    As for gadzod’s draft analysis…RT Compton. Check.

    Center….(and guard). Check, with actually TWO players. The Redskins got all 3 of the linemen they had targeted before the draft, got that ILB you mentioned, signed 2 safeties in FA, signed WR’s in FA and are getting Hankerson and Cooley back along with converting another guy to TE which is an overflowing vessel. They also went after CB depth which they need as well.

    Basically the only pick that was even remotely out of left field was the Cousins pick and upon further analysis it makes a TON of sense. Anyone who thinks Beck and Grossman are even adequate as “backups” is delusional. It’s time to cut bait with both of those guys and move towards upgrading the entire unit long term. This was a GREAT way to do just that.

  29. fink says: Apr 29, 2012 9:23 AM

    Some of you people need to take your meds and calm the hell down.

    A quality QB is the most coveted position in the NFL. Even with RG3, the Redskins are thin at the position. Cousins was a value pick AND filled a need.

    Seriously. Why is that concept so hard for some people to wrap their feeble minds around?

  30. rtk23 says: Apr 29, 2012 9:26 AM

    RG3…Bust.

  31. bdawkins2 says: Apr 29, 2012 9:39 AM

    Donovan McNabb doesn’t think Kirk Cousins will be successful in Shanahan’s offense.

  32. coltsluckdynasty says: Apr 29, 2012 9:42 AM

    It’s funny, the redskins got the franchise in the 4th round. Right now, shanahan is holding rg3 in a bed, and saying, it’s true robert we would have made you the number 1 pick. Robert is still believing it too..: this relationship is off to a rocky start, why lie to your guy? Then draft a second QB 3 rounds later?? Not very sure about rg3 are we??

  33. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 29, 2012 9:46 AM

    ALL FAIL TO THE REDSKINS! !!!!

  34. k0mbucha says: Apr 29, 2012 9:46 AM

    If I go by the logic or lack thereof in lost of the blog entries then I guess the Colts have no faith in Luck and Luck is destined to fail taking into account they drafted Chandler Harnish and everyone who has a brain knows they had other pressing needs on their roster but yet they took a QB…oh wait maybe they took him because they had a need at the backup QB spot…lol

    Some of you posters are simply brain dead!!

  35. k0mbucha says: Apr 29, 2012 9:48 AM

    If I go by the logic or lack thereof in most of the blog entries then I guess the Colts have no faith in Luck and Luck is destined to fail taking into account they drafted Chandler Harnish and everyone who has a brain knows they had other pressing needs on their roster but yet they took a QB…oh wait maybe they took him because they had a need at the backup QB spot…lol

    Some of you posters are simply brain dead!!

  36. k0mbucha says: Apr 29, 2012 9:48 AM

    If I go by the logic or lack thereof in most of the blog entries then I guess the Colts have no faith in Luck and\or Luck is destined to fail taking into account they drafted Chandler Harnish and everyone who has a brain knows they had other pressing needs on their roster but yet they took a QB…oh wait maybe they took him because they had a need at the backup QB spot…lol

    Some of you posters are simply brain dead!!

  37. ham1 says: Apr 29, 2012 9:49 AM

    Whatever.

    We have had bottom dwelling QB play here in DC.

    How do you get worse that Grossman, Beck and Mcnabb?Beck, that punk, cost us games last year and he rightfully got kicked to the curb.
    Mcnabb nobody wants.
    I mean really, are you serious? As far as I am concerned what some of you see as “problems” I view as oppourtunity. No way to go but up.

    HTTR

  38. k0mbucha says: Apr 29, 2012 9:49 AM

    If I go by the logic or lack thereof in most of the blog entries then I guess the Colts have no faith in Luck and\or Luck is destined to fail taking into account they drafted Chandler Harnish and everyone who has a brain knows they had other pressing needs on their roster but yet they took a QB…oh wait maybe they took him because they had a need at the backup QB spot just like the Redskins do…lol

    Some of you posters are simply brain dead!!

  39. bosshog69 says: Apr 29, 2012 9:51 AM

    Did people forget what Jimmy Johnson did with the cowgirls in the late ’80’s?! He drafted Troy Aikman and b4 the 4th rd was over he picked Steve Walsh. Never draft a franchise qb like the Jets did with Sanchez and provide no competition. More times than not the player never reaches his potential. I see what Shanahan is doing with the pick of rb Alfred Morris, he’s recreating the Cowboys who won 3 Superbowls in a row in the mid ’90’s. All he needs now on next yrs draft is to draft 2 tall receivers and we’ll be competing for Superbowls. Brilliant drafting! HTTR!! ;D

  40. hailvictory10 says: Apr 29, 2012 9:56 AM

    Ummmmmm. Sometimes starters get hurt and you need a backup…..hail

  41. oranjellojones says: Apr 29, 2012 10:02 AM

    Nah what’s funny is how much you’re OBVIOUSLY trying to convince yourself that Griffin is going to suck. Obsess much? You’ve posted this same nonsense about Griff in every single thread about him. A more blatant homeristic take from a Colts fan has yet to be posted.

    Why draft a QB 3 round later…Oh I dunno, because you need to revamp the entire QB unit and the only people Grossman and Beck scare are their own teammates and coaches? Nah….crazy crazy stuff!

    If Griffin is emotionally wounded by this and needs to have his hand held (your assertion not based on any evidence whatsoever) then that makes the Cousins pick all the better. Either way they are upgrading from Grossman and Beck and no one sensible with a pulse would argue that they haven’t upgraded significantly in the process even with 2 rookies.

  42. GG Eden says: Apr 29, 2012 10:05 AM

    That’s another aspect….

    You sell the farm to acquire RG III, then you acknowledge his injury-proneness and possible struggle developing by drafting the next best QB asap, instead of putting your entire faith in that first pick, and focusing on other needs and giving him weapons. It ‘sends a message’ of “just in case” to RG III as well.

  43. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Apr 29, 2012 10:13 AM

    i truly hope that griffin is the next heath shuler and that the redskins flounder for yet another 20 years.

  44. trollhammer20 says: Apr 29, 2012 10:14 AM

    A great pick. Every starting NFL QB is exactly one play away from being out for the season, and having not just a backup, but a long-term backup, is a great insurance policy.

    Seattle and the Redskins both took the same approach: They weren’t happy with their current QB play, so they went out and got “the guy” for the job (or, if you listen to the rhetoric, to “compete” for the job with Rex Grossman or Tavaris Jackson), and both spent valuable assets on acquiring another young QB prospect.

    If Griffin or Flynn get hurt or bomb out, their teams won’t have to look far to find someone with some possible upside to put in. Grossman and Jackson have no upside; we know their ceilings, and “greatness” is not there. At least with Russell Wilson and Kirk Cousins, there’s hope for something better than mediocrity.

  45. skinsfantom says: Apr 29, 2012 10:22 AM

    orangejonejulius nice work keep it up, i get a headache explaining to morons

  46. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 29, 2012 10:35 AM

    RG3 seen in DC this morning wearing Hello Kitty socks

  47. nflanalyst says: Apr 29, 2012 10:49 AM

    As a life long skins fan your telling me we couldn’t draft a better O lineman or secondary other than a 2-3 string QB…..

    Why wouldn’t they draft baylors center… That makes sense to me.

  48. bigjdve says: Apr 29, 2012 10:57 AM

    I think that they drafted Cousins as he would be a better backup to Griffin than Grossman. Grossman knows the offense of last year, however both Shanny’s have stated that they will be tailoring the offense to Griffin which quite frankly leaves Grossman out as he can’t get out of his own way. Cousins is quicker.

    Not to mention the fact that 2 people learning at the same time from the same starting point have a higher chance of progressing better and more quickly.

    I was surprised by the pick, but after watching the draft, I think that it was a pick well spent.

    A backup is more important than most people are remembering.

    Oh and by the way, the Jags didn’t take a kicker, which is almost worth a 3rd rounder (based on the kicker), they drafted a punter, which is absolutely hilarious, though I do hope it pays off for them.

  49. oranjellojones says: Apr 29, 2012 11:11 AM

    No GG, Griffin isn’t fragile, EVERY NFl Qb sans maybe Roethlisberger is and even he finally missed games.

    EVERY team has issues with quality backups. It’s a priority for EVERY team because it’s become very likely in today’s NFL that your starting QB -no matter who he is- is probably going to get dinged enough to miss a game or two. I guess Peyton Manning is wounded too because they drafted a QB, same with Luck who also had a QB drafted along with him.

    Griffin knows he’s the starter, Cousins knows he’s the starter. The only person that seems to have any doubts about why Cousins has been brought in is you. This was a depth/bench signing with the possible bonus of being a Matt Flynn trade bait type of guy a few years down the line or the Redskins quality backup for years to come.

  50. kungfubillysims says: Apr 29, 2012 11:15 AM

    Cousins IS more pro ready than RG3 today.
    However RG3 is far more athletic with way more upside overall.
    I watched every game Cousins played in college and his one bad attribute is that sometimes he makes really bad decisions under pressure when the game is on the line.
    If he can get that taken care of he should have a good career.

  51. toosharp23 says: Apr 29, 2012 11:20 AM

    @kombucha.

    Arron Rodgers was drafted 3 years before Matt Flynn

  52. realityonetwo says: Apr 29, 2012 11:26 AM

    GREAT MOVE by Shanahan to grab a 2nd rd rated QB in Cousins in the 4th rd!

    ——

    If he really was a second-round talent, he would have gotten drafted in the FIRST round, not the fourth…

  53. colt13 says: Apr 29, 2012 12:15 PM

    Good pick. They mentioned on the telecast that Shanahan might be trying to recreate the Elway/Kubiak dynamic as they were both drafted in 83, Elway by Colts, Kubiak by Broncos or Kelly/Reich, Kelly drafted in 83, Reich in 85, although Kelly went to USFL and didnt show up until 86.

  54. tiger2471 says: Apr 29, 2012 1:16 PM

    This is a very stupid pick, one Mel Kiper called a “luxury pick”, and one the Skins didn’t have! You need to focus on a linemen, period! Unless you plan on trading this guy it was very dumb and I can’t understand their thinking.

  55. jeziyo247 says: Apr 29, 2012 1:54 PM

    How do you go from making the smartest move to making one of the dumbest move. You don’t draft another QB after you already have your future one unless they have little doubt in RG3. This makes me wonder, do the redskins wish they had luck instead, Cousins is a potential starter, not backup material. I hope this doesn’t shake RG3 confidence, how could they put pressure on him to succeed when they have a guy who could compete with him. This is RG3 team and you suppose to go all in with him, not have a backup plan especially before the guy even steps on the field. What’s gonna happen if RG3 have a couple of bad pre-season games and Cousins plays good? This has controversial written all over the two.

  56. skinsfaninnebraska says: Apr 29, 2012 3:34 PM

    Wow, isn’t it amazing how some utter geniuses who post on PFT can find such glaring flaws in a player as GG Eden has shared with us — when the entire national sports media has missed seeing them! I am sure that after reading GG’s evaluation of RGIII Mike Shanahan is cursing himself for having made such a terrible mistake with the 2nd overall pick!

    Also, what is it with the Kirk Cousins pick that is such a problem for so many people? There are many historical examples of teams drafting QBs like this — some of which are listed in posts above this one. How is it that Andy Reid drafts Foles and he’s doing the smart thing, but Shanahan picks up a good value in Cousins and he’s an idiot?

    You say the Redskins had other needs that should have been addressed in this draft? They have done just that, both in the draft and by signing UDFAs.

  57. mnesmith77 says: Apr 29, 2012 7:16 PM

    As I have said previously you do not draft a player just to say you drafted a need. You stay to your draft board and if there isn’t a position of need that you think is worth that pick you draft the highest player on the board which just happens to be Kirk Cousins. I completely agree with skinsfaninnebraska we have filled some needs in FA and we will feel more in UDFA’s without wasting a draft pick. And why not have a back up QB ready just in case there is an injury. I mean we are talking football and injuries do happen. All this pick means is they would rather have Cousins as a back up over Beck and Grossman.

  58. hogsheadcheese says: Apr 29, 2012 7:51 PM

    GG Eden why would anybody bookmark what you say you are a nobody fan who knows nothing about football compared to professional football scouts.

  59. Max says: Apr 29, 2012 8:17 PM

    How do the Redskins re-coup some drafts picks…. well you start by drafting a QB whom you can develop and trade… i.e. Matt Cassell, Kevin Kolb, Matt Schaub etc….

    Cousins provides insurance and an asset to trade in the future. Good strategy by Washington, they took a page out of New England’s playbook.

    Now they just have to develop Cousins, hope that when he gets a chance to fill in for RG3 he plays well and they will get back at least a 2nd rounder or first rounder, maybe even more in a trade.

  60. capitaloffense says: Apr 29, 2012 9:13 PM

    Just a few comments:

    If you are still mentioning Dan Snyder as a figure who makes football decisions, you are grossly out of touch with this team and have displayed the lack of knowledge of the team at hand to even be in this discussion.

    If you are still talking about linemen, get a new argument… I mean we drafted 3 damn linemen and some Skins fans are still complaining.

    The only legitimate argument against the Cousins pick is that maybe the Skins should have gone with a DB (safety in particular). Rex Grossman averaged 2 INTS per game. 1 turnover equals 40% chance to win a game, after two turnovers your chance of winning plummets faster than Janoris Jenkins draft stock. (Google it and see for your self) Beck was so scared of being like Grossman he held on to the ball and got sacked ridiculously. There Redskins needed a QB and a backup QB more than anything…ANYTHING. People love to say how we have sucked it up over the years and we have. Why have we sucked QB PLAY!!!! Before we switched to a 3-4 we have had a top 10 defense and decent running attack. Why then were games being lost? QB PLAY!!! You can also add the owner meddling in there in the early part of our era of suck. The two things we needed the most was the owner to write checks and let football minds make decisions and a QB and a backup QB. Both things have happened and now all that is left is to make sure RG3 and/or Cousins don’t suck. If you think we suck, at least be educated as to why we suck. Otherwise shutcha mouth.

  61. skinsdiehard says: Apr 29, 2012 10:51 PM

    gadzod says:
    Apr 29, 2012 7:09 AM
    This is why Washington is not a good run franchise while Snider owns the team! You spend (3) 1st’s and (1) 2nd on a QB, just to get another QB 2 of your teams picks later? There are more pressing needs than a 2nd QB. Beck and Grossman are capable backups. It just makes no sense. Instead of drafting a player that can eventually start or actually be good enough to start. They needed WR help, a Center, a RT, maybe even an ILB, or maybe even a Safety. Yet, they wasted their relatively early pick on a player that you don’t expect to EVER see the field. How are you supposed to “flip” this player in 3-4 years? Showing what he has during preseason games? Please…..
    —————————————–
    This is stupid to blame Snyder. They drafted a center, RT, ILB and S if you watched the rest of their draft…..and a G and RB. What are you talking about? It’s better to have a 4th rd pick backup than an undrafted or 7th round backup. Snyder had nothing to do with the draft. It’s just a lazy criticism on your part. Bruce Allen and Shanahan run the draft dumb ass.

  62. dikshuttle says: Apr 30, 2012 7:58 AM

    While the moves makes some sorta sense on paper (John Beck? Good the Fkuck BYE!) the bad mojo in the Schuler/Ferrotte fiasco is enough to give any Skins fan pause.

    That is going to come up over and over until RGIII can ignite some fire. Even then, first falter, it all comes back up. … backup… hehe. Funny.

  63. londonfletcher says: Apr 30, 2012 8:27 AM

    Wow, all of you guys that STILL talk about how Snyder owning the team is what’s killing us are complete idiots. Syder has been out of the Redskins spotlight for TWO years and has let Shanahan and Allen do the work while he signs the checks. At least he’s not blowing up Twitter like some owners. He’s finally understanding what it is to be a team owner.
    As far as picking up Cousins. What’s the big deal? A team with two horrible QB’s last year cut one, drafted a first rounder and a fourth rounder. One of two things will happen. 1)We end up with a good backup groomed to our offense, or 2)He playes well in the preseason, at the end of a few games we may be winning or, god forbid, plays well if RGIII gets hurt, and a year or two from now a QB hungry team coughs up a few draft picks for him. Win/Win.
    As a Skins fan, I hate to even imagine that RGIII won’t pan out the way we want, but if that ever happens, then we also have another QB drafted just for us waiting on the bench.
    As far as RGIII “feeling the pressure” because they drafted a guy in the fourth, I’m pretty sure he realizes how much the Skins gave up for him and that the starting job is his to lose. I doubt very seriously that drafting cousins will affect him at all.

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