Kirk Cousins on NFL Network ripping him: “I’m sure it drives ratings”

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Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins was on the receiving end of blistering criticism on NFL Network after Thursday night’s loss to the Cowboys, with players-turned-commentators Marshall Faulk, Steve Smith and Michael Irvin all pinning the blame on Cousins.

Asked about it this morning, Cousins brushed it off. Cousins said on 106.7 The Fan that he wasn’t aware of the criticism, but once he heard about it, he figured it was just an attempt to stir controversy.

“People can say what they want to say, and that’s fine. I’m sure it drives ratings. It helps [attract] viewership. So be it,” Cousins said, via the Washington Post.

Faulk raised the question of whether Thursday night’s performance will make Washington decide not to sign Cousins to a lucrative contract this offseason, and Smith replied that Cousins’ performance” probably cost him between $10 and $20 million off that contract.”

One game probably isn’t going to cost Cousins eight figures on his next contract, but Cousins is more concerned with avoiding future games like last night’s than responding to his critics at the league-owned media outlet.

77 responses to “Kirk Cousins on NFL Network ripping him: “I’m sure it drives ratings”

  1. The problem for Kirk is that he has yet to prove that he’s not a product of the system. Sometimes “system”s don’t work, and that’s when the premier QB’s find a way.

  2. The game’s early turnovers weren’t on him (even his INT was tipped up by his WR). That enabled a wounded Dak milk a decent lead he otherwise couldn’t have. Which would have changed the tenor of much of the game, not least that Cousins and Skins wouldn’t have had to be chasing it.

  3. Kirk did all he could, his team didn’t help him. One thing I do agree with the guys on the nfl network, however, is that Kirk is not a true leader. He failed to go over to his receiver and pat him on the back and get him motivated for the next drive. Kirk is a great stats qb but does not have those leadership intangibles.

  4. I think the Redskins will allow him to walk. He probably had his chance this season to show that he can get the Skins to the playoffs at least and hopefully the SB but he failed.

  5. Morons, Kurt Warner and Rich Eisen are the only intelligent voices on the set.
    Irvin is a Cowboy BUTT boy and was not a HOF player.

  6. He’s working with a bunch of nobodies! They’ve truly done absolutely nothing to help the guy on offense? Crowder is a number 2 at best – in reality a number three. Doctson would be stashed on most teams benches. Perine doesn’t exactly instill fear and neither do any of the no names before him. Reed has been hurt every day for 12 years or so now. Vernon Davis? Great option if this was 2009.
    Washington is only relevant because of Cousins and they STILL haven’t given him a long-term deal. Dude, pack your bags and head to Arizona, Denver or there’s bound to be an opening in New York next year. But definitely continue to ignore the clown show on NFL Network who really has no idea where blame or credit belongs.

  7. So many ex-players are bad on TV. Just because they were good at playing the game doesnt mean they are good at speaking on the game. You would think TV exec’s would get that. Perfect example is Steve Smith from last night. Cousins INT went off the wr hands and he fumbled on sacks behind a patchwork OL. He has no running game to speak of, the defense is being run by an incompetent Greg Manusky and ST gave up a punt return TD. But Smith thinks that performance from Cousins will cost him 20 million in his next contract. What a dope Smith is.

  8. Did they watch the game? The two interceptions were a red zone drop by Jamison Crowder that hit him right in the hands and a tipped pass from a defensive lineman. With all the injuries on the offensive line it was pretty remarkable what he was able to do.

    The Redskins waited too long to sign him to a long-term deal and will suffer the consequences when he leaves and the issues he masked are apparent.

  9. I watched most of the game last night. Mostly cause I’m an NFC guy and because I thought that this “elimination game” might finally bring a good TNF game.

    What I saw was Cousins trying to carry the team on his back. Screw the talking heads.

    Also – The guy Moses needs to take the rest of the year off and heal. He’s always hurt and this seasons forgotten.

  10. I fear as a Redskins fan that Kirk Cousins is the second coming of Tony Romo. Great teammate, leader, with top 10 stats, and will get you 6-9 wins a year. Might be enough to make the playoffs every few years. But…chokes when the game/season is on the line. Has his worst games when we need him the most. Uggghhh…I fear this is payback from the football gods for all the Tony Romo jokes.

  11. Those same dopes think Dak Prescott is a franchise QB and that Marshawn Lynch was looking out for family when tossing an official.

    If Dak put up the numbers that the maligned Kirk Cousins did last night it would have been his best game of the season.

  12. He was literally running for his life completing passes. What else was he supposed to do? The back ups back ups are playing now. Do any of you have any clue who Tony Bergstrom is? Exactly.

  13. They are idiots. The only reason the Redskins were close in this game was Cousins. Playing behind a banged up offensive line and with third tier receivers (maybe a little harsh), what more could Cousins do?

  14. Kirk Cousins is an average quarterback, sure his stats look good but year after year, the Redskins miss the playoffs, have a mediocre or below 500 season and they don’t win division games, they have already been sweep by the Eagles and Cowboys this year !

  15. We need get a true number 1 reciever and tight end help and a true number 1 back . Kirk can’t do it all ppl .

  16. I think he will be in Denver with Shanahan next year. With that defense and some notable weapons he would make that team dangerous again. It might even mean Denver keeps Demaryius Thomas instead of moving on. Vance Joseph has no business running a defense much less as a head coach. The guy is a position coach that somehow got hired as DC in Miami and HC in Denver. Shanny would most likely go back to Denver with that QB he “settled for” after the owner traded the future for a gimmicky RG3. (Shanny wanted Tannehill). It would definitely make next year much more fun for Denver fans than this year has been.

  17. So Cousins putting the shell of a team on his back was a terrible performance but Dak going 11 for 20 was him “turning the corner”. The narrative being written about these guys is hilarious.

    Dak’s poor play is all about the injuries.
    Cousins “poor play” is because he’s not a franchise QB.

    The only issue is DC has had more injuries than Dallas.

    I guess the network clowns missed the part where one INT was a result of a WR alligator-arming a ball expecting a hit and the other was a tipped ball. Neither is KC’s fault. The strip sacks happen but you can say he has to protect the ball there which is fine.

    I hope DC doesn’t sing him that way they can be basement dwellers for another decade looking for a QB. Cousins is a top 10 QB all day long. He did it last year with WR’s and he’s done it this year which dreck on the offensive side of the ball.

  18. Lay off the guy. Kirk had a bad game at a crucial time. He is human. It happens. It was painful to watch, but he’s a big boy and will have more good games than bad in his career.

  19. Yeah, Cousins had off day but comments from Faulk amd Irvin were way off.

    NFL preview shows have rapidly replaced “remember when” as the lowest form of conversation.

  20. Go ahead Washington, cut him loose. See how long it takes for somebody (Elway) to sign him. Washington’s problem is Snyder………period. Look at that mess with their former GM. Sheesh, If I was Cousin Kirk I would want out too. I think I would even throw a few Int’s to get out…….lol.

  21. Eagles fan here. Cousins is a solid QB, and probably an even better guy. That’s why I hope he signs elsewhere next season, goes out and kills it, and leaves the skins paying dearly for their constant idiocy.

  22. The three dudes that criticized him are like The 3 Stooges. Bunch of mouth breathers. When all of them are together, I can hardly put together a word that comes out of their mouths.

  23. When are people going to finally realize that Thursday night games are usually the exception to the rule when it comes to judging performances?

  24. DC is in a bad spot. Cousins would be a great addition to a team with a solid line and difference makers at other positions. But he is not a difference maker himself, the way Wentz and Watson have shown to be. Assuming the Giants are upgrading at QB next year, locking up Cousins for the next 5 years would be guaranteeing a third place division finish at best every year. Let him go and start fresh.

  25. Cousins is going to get paid. If Osweiler and Glennon can get paid what they did with their body of work, then you know the bottom 15 teams will be lining up to bring in Cousins. He’s easily a top 10 QB.

    What I saw from Cousins in the 1st half was a guy who was making all the plays he needed to with his skill position players dropping (or tipping) the ball. I’m looking at you, Crowder. With all of the injuries on the OL, it’s like Swiss cheese right now and one of his quick outlets (Thompson) is out for the season.

  26. Faulk also believes Brady should get an asterisk on being greatest QB ever. The man has serious issues. Kirk is in good company to be criticized by Faulk.

  27. Steve ManellA says:
    December 1, 2017 at 1:59 pm
    They are idiots, Kirk has carried this team for 3 years now. He’s a proven top 10 QB.

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    Carried them where? Straight to mediocrity. What have they won? Im confused? And all the minions do is make excuses when they lose. Since Cousins wants to hold out for the most money and not sign a long term deal and then blame the skins, the skins need to return the favor and sit cousins and play McCoy for the rest of the year to see what he has to serve as a bridge if need be. I mean don’t worry about cousins getting mad and leaving like Brock Osweiller, if the skins flash a big check in front of cousins face after he only gets offered $22 mill from another team the skins can have him back if they want him and I promise you it will be for less than $34 mill plus for 2018!!!! The stupid skins tagged cousins other teams did not. So no team is going to pay cousins $18 million per year more than Brady and think they will actually win anything.

  28. Steve ManellA says:

    December 1, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    They are idiots, Kirk has carried this team for 3 years now. He’s a proven top 10 QB.

    Really!!! Wow a top 10 QB!! … Cause I can think of 15 better QB’s than him right off the top of my head.

  29. 6ball says:
    December 1, 2017 at 2:20 pm
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    ” If you don’t have an offensive line, you don’t have an offense” Bill Belichick

    It also takes a few folks at the skill positions…

    KC is a very good QB. Not many in the league better…
    He can’t win ’em by himself.
    I hope he moves on next year. Was really hoping SF. Not sure where now.

  30. Smith is easing in and a bit over reactive, Irvin is bombastic but at least makes some valid points some of the time. Faulk is smoother than either in his delivery but is just either talking nonsense or parroting others 99% of the time. The guy brings next to nothing to the table and is the worst of the former players NFLN foists on us. If Irvin and Smith were throwing Gruden under the bus instead he’d have just as gladly absolved Cousins and gone there.

  31. I’m mostly with the general consensus here that Cousins is far from the Skins worst problem, but since when was an INT off a tipped ball not the QBs fault? The QB needs to get the ball over those guys on the DL. If there’s an INT off a tip, it is most definitely on the QB.

  32. Let me guess, they failed to mention he began the game with the 3rd string center and ended it with some guys off the street playing on the line. And some of those starting on the defense.

    Kirk rarely had time to get off a throw last night. He carried the team.

    Team is just too injured this year. Next year will be win or hit the unemployment line for Gruden. He better get a RB and learn to stick with the running game a little.

  33. Probably would not even be having this discussion if #80 could catch the ball and hold on to the ball. I am a huge Cowboy fan and I say he is the one that cost the Redskins. Redkins would have probably been up a couple of TD’s in the 1st Qrt. if he did his job.

  34. These guys are hating because Cousins next contract will be worth more than their career earnings combined. That’s just a fact. Whether it’s with the redskins, the broncos, the cardinals, or whichever team.

  35. Bill Polian has a good point when he says that 99% of the the tv analysts have no clue what they are talking about but they have to say something to fill up content. Kirk Cousins will get a good contract in a league who is desperately short of starting QBs with teams starting Case Keenum and Josh McCown

  36. cardiovascularendurance says:
    December 1, 2017 at 3:30 pm
    I’m mostly with the general consensus here that Cousins is far from the Skins worst problem, but since when was an INT off a tipped ball not the QBs fault? The QB needs to get the ball over those guys on the DL. If there’s an INT off a tip, it is most definitely on the QB.

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    He hit Crowder’s hands, in stride, not contended. It’s a catch that any professional WR makes 95%+ of the time. Go watch the play on nfl-dot-com, game highlights, 0:43,and you tell me if that was Cousins’ fault.

  37. If I needed a QB for my team I would sign Cousins in a second. These guys have nothing intelligent to say so they just say the first thing that pops into their head. And I’m sure they are all jealous of the money that Kirk has made and will continue to make.

  38. The TD pass to Doctson was a great throw and catch. Kirk needs more players to make tough catches. Too bad he doesn’t play defense. Just like Tyrod was benched because the defense gave up 300 rushing yards and 6 rushing TDs.

  39. I swear it seems as if NFL Network execs go to Irvin, Smith and Faulk and say “we need to stir up controversy by ripping Cousins”. The Skins didnt have a great game but Cousins has played well considering he is behind a make shift O-line and WRs. Oh and let us not forget he is without his TE, yet again due to injury.

  40. Pola Pe’a says:
    December 1, 2017 at 2:27 pm
    So Cousins putting the shell of a team on his back was a terrible performance but Dak going 11 for 20 was him “turning the corner”. The narrative being written about these guys is hilarious.

    Dak’s poor play is all about the injuries.
    Cousins “poor play” is because he’s not a franchise QB.

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    I don’t think either one of them is a franchise QB. Stats matter a whole lot less than what you do in games. Dak turned no corner, they are 6-6 which means they lost 3 before Zeke ever left and he couldn’t pull it together for the other 3. Cousins gets the stats but he isn’t going to lead anyone to the Promised Land. Frankly I’d let him walk, even though I agree that he wasn’t helped by the team around him last night. I am talking body of work. No one is afraid of Kirk Cousins.

  41. I dont think this arrangement is ideal for Washinton or Cousins.

    He isnt the type that can carry a bad team to 10 wins and their front office isn’t putting together a good team anytime soon especially with what he wants to get paid.

    Cousins should go elsewhere otherwise his career likely looks like Rivers post 2007 where he his team really hasmt been a superbowl contender for years and hes good enough to get paid but hes long forgotten by the end of january unless you watch the pro bowl.

  42. Cousins isn’t my favorite, but he hit the nail on the head. Do you know why Jon Gruden is so positive? It’s because he works so hard, and studies so much, he can find countless things to say that are informative. When you’re lazy, you can study for five minutes, and then get ratings by ripping people. We’re the people driving those ratings. So Cousins is basically ripping on us. Wear it! He’s right. LOL

  43. regaliaimagewear says:

    December 1, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Steve ManellA says:
    December 1, 2017 at 1:59 pm
    They are idiots, Kirk has carried this team for 3 years now. He’s a proven top 10 QB.

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    Carried them where? Straight to mediocrity. What have they won? Im confused? And all the minions do is make excuses when they lose. Since Cousins wants to hold out for the most money and not sign a long term deal and then blame the skins, the skins need to return the favor and sit cousins and play McCoy for the rest of the year to see what he has to serve as a bridge if need be. I mean don’t worry about cousins getting mad and leaving like Brock Osweiller, if the skins flash a big check in front of cousins face after he only gets offered $22 mill from another team the skins can have him back if they want him and I promise you it will be for less than $34 mill plus for 2018!!!! The stupid skins tagged cousins other teams did not. So no team is going to pay cousins $18 million per year more than Brady and think they will actually win anything.

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    Play nice. You guys might both be right. On one hand, Cousins has taken the Redskins to mediocrity. On the other hand, mediocrity is 2 or 3 steps up from where they were before Cousins took over. He might not be a top 10 QB, but some team would definitely pay him $20 million, and they might not win anything. There are a few teams out there that don’t really give a hoot about winning, as much as we’d like to believe they do.

  44. Didn’t watch the game or the talking heads on NFL Network, yet don’t feel like I missed a thing. Thanks Goodell.

  45. I watched the game and that wasn’t Cousins fault at all Jamison Crowder fumbled, had stone hands that led to a pick, and almost gave the ball away again. Cousins was not the problem last night their line is non existent now so he can’t make plays I pity him honestly. Even though the Pats have problems on their line I’m thankful the injuries on their offensive line haven’t gotten as bad as the Skins. That’s a situation I don’t wish on any team not even the Jets.

  46. It is amazing how many people are defending Kirk Cousins… He supposed to be a franchise quarterback or a top-10 player, and he’s never even won a playoff game.

    What is funny though, is that the same people who defend Kirk Cousins mostly think that Russell Wilson, a Super Bowl winning quarterback, can’t play.

  47. Just remember week one when the Snowflake starting offensive line refused to run or pass block against the Philthydelphia football team – just as they did in the preseason.

    It is amazing that Cousins does as well as he does when he has starters who are so bad and their replacements are actually better.

    Cousins will win a Super Bowl, but it won’t be for the Redskins. Cousins’ haters are manifold among Redskins fans and they deserve to return to the days of the Great Gimmick where the hurry up and punt offense was the norm and getting a third down to convert to a first down was not going to happen and where passes behind the line of scrimmage ruled the day and passes beyond 12 yards were non-existant.

  48. Cousin is just a system QB. He is NOT a leader. I’ve always said this. I’ve sat at the stadium on several occasions close to the team and have NEVER seen him act as a leader. Take away the system, cousin will regress. They have build a team around him and STILL only an 8 & 8 or 7-9 team. I just don’t see him any other way. Many of his balls are thrown behind receivers and THEY are the ones making those catches. It could go the other way. Yes, they should sign him to a lower contract BUT I have NO confidence that he will win us a Superbowl. I would rather they let him go and pick up another QB.

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