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Cousins gets to face three Falcons rookies in secondary

Scott Chandler,William Moore,Thomas DeCoud AP

Mike Shanahan’s evil genius plan to prop up Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins got a boost, as the Falcons are going to try to defend him with a bunch of rookies.

According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud is out this week. He’ll be replaced by rookie Zeke Motta, a seventh-round pick from Notre Dame.

The Falcons recently replaced veteran corner Asante Samuel with Robert Alford, meaning Cousins will get to begin his stint as the Redskins starter against three rookies in a secondary that hasn’t distinguished itself in any way this year.

If it works, Shanahan can take credit for another mastermind move.

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12 Responses to “Cousins gets to face three Falcons rookies in secondary”
  1. skinsterps says: Dec 13, 2013 9:36 AM

    As a skins fan, I would like to have seen what RGIII could have done against the three defenses they will be facing.

    At least we get our bogus cap charges back.

    How did that work out NY Giants the past two years!!

  2. blackqbwhiterb says: Dec 13, 2013 9:41 AM

    Talk this morning is RG3 was benched for performance…. Wouldn’t it be something if that was really all there was to the story? Nobody getting fired or trying to get fired, no big drama…. They just didn’t want to publicly sit dow their superstar because of marketing (and politics)…..I’m just supposing, but it would really be an interesting turn of events, as well as an indictment of the media

  3. nflsecurity862 says: Dec 13, 2013 9:45 AM

    Best QBs from the 2012 Draft:

    1) Luck
    2) Wilson
    3) Foles
    4) Tannehill
    5) Cousins
    6) TIE- Weeden/Griffin

    In that order.

  4. stevejjones says: Dec 13, 2013 10:02 AM

    Just wait until Snyder decides his own evil genius move which is to keep the same coach next year. Its ultimately makes more sense than the alternative. Of course RG3 is a diva, of course Shanahan wants control, of course Snyder wants to be tight with his projected franchise quarterback. Everyone is doing exactly what you think they would do. Now that Shanahan has showed he is the boss at the football level I think things will quickly stabilize. He’s not afraid of RG3 any more and Shanahan is a lot of things, but he’d do his best for his son’s sake is he coaches out his contract, RG3 won’t want to be seen as a coach killer, and Snyder doesn’t want to lose 7 million and reboot. My prediction is inertia will triumph. He’ll be here next year. Only drama is will Snyder try to get some sort of coach in waiting installed as a D-coordinator or consultant to management so there is some kind of continuity.

  5. nolanwiffle says: Dec 13, 2013 10:04 AM

    Why the unnecessary jab at Shanahan? He’s a head coach who has made a change a the QB position. That’s all.

    You may (or probably can’t) remember Tom Landry juggling Staubach and Morton, George Allen juggling Jurgensen and Kilmer, Chuck Noll juggling Bradshaw and Gilliam, Bill Walsh juggling Montana and Young. Chuck Knox juggling Haden, Harris, and Jaworski.

    Shanahan doesn’t have a say in who will start in his opponent’s secondary.

  6. ravishingronald says: Dec 13, 2013 10:12 AM

    Shanahan could reinvent the theory of relativity AND cure cancer, but at the end of the year he is gone.

  7. beastmode5150 says: Dec 13, 2013 10:15 AM

    Not really rookies by week 15.

  8. draftazoid says: Dec 13, 2013 10:25 AM

    The secondary is still an NFL secondary, right, made up of NFL players?
    Is Atlanta also starting rookie Dlinemen and Linebackers?
    Every team has problems after 13 weeks of ball.

  9. dawkinsalwaysaneagle says: Dec 13, 2013 12:41 PM

    The worst thing that could happen to Washington is if they win the last three games. The “fun” would be great for the whole off season!

  10. wwttww says: Dec 13, 2013 2:06 PM

    Don’t forget Falcons also start 2 UFA Rookies at linebacker. That’s 5 rookie starters on defense. (1st, 2nd, 7th and 2 UFA.)

  11. grendelg says: Dec 13, 2013 2:38 PM

    Yes, they’re rookies but Trufant has been the best rookie CB in this draft class and he’s tied for most passes defensed in the league. Alford can be burned, but can also make big plays (much like Asante Samuel). Motta filled in for Decoud last week and was actually an upgrade. Worrilow is an UDFA at MLB and he’s averaging like 18 tackles per game.

    Yes, the defense is young, but they’re playing well for rookies.

  12. vafootballfan says: Dec 14, 2013 7:13 AM

    Did anyone stop to think that maybe RGIII is hurt again. We all know he wasn’t 100% to start the year but did he get reinjured? 25 sacks in 5 games. We also know that Shannahan is no always honest with the media. Just food for thought.

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