Jay Gruden: “Without a doubt” we are better at quarterback

AP

Kirk Cousins never got a long-term deal in Washington, leaving him free to head to Minnesota for a fully guaranteed three-year contract as a free agent this offseason.

He’ll be replaced as the starting quarterback by Alex Smith, who got a new four-year deal immediately after being traded from the Chiefs to the Redskins for cornerback Kendall Fuller and a third-round pick. After passing on a commitment to Cousins and making a big one to Smith, head coach Jay Gruden said this week that the team is “without a doubt” better off at the quarterback position.

You wouldn’t expect Gruden to say otherwise as head coaches that criticize the decisions made by their organizations tend to have very short futures. The coach went on to explain why he sees Smith as an upgrade.

“It’s not one thing, it’s everything. It’s the entire body of work,” Gruden said, via ESPN.com. “He’s very good at the intermediate ball. He’s good with the quick game. He can run zone reads, the [run-pass options]. Very exciting. … The ability to ad-lib, make plays that aren’t there and keep plays alive. Coaching him for the first time will be exciting because I don’t think there’s a limit on what he can do. He has all the things you want a quarterback to be able to do.”

Gruden said you “could argue” the point all day and those who would argue for Cousins would likely point to three straight 4,000-yard passing seasons that all topped Smith’s career-best 4,042 yards while playing with a deeper well of offensive talent in Kansas City last year. It will likely be something that those in Washington continue to think about as 2018 unfolds with Smith running the show for the first time.

98 responses to “Jay Gruden: “Without a doubt” we are better at quarterback

  1. That’s cold and not necessarily true. What is true is that Alex Smith is a polarizing figure. There’s most people who think he’s a good game manager and then there’s a few people who think he’s the greatest QB to ever live and will defend it to the death.

    I fall in the game manager category and don’t necessarily see this as an upgrade at QB. It does look like they are trying to upgrade at WR so at least they are trying to make the new QB look better than the old QB by giving him more weapons to throw to.

  2. Let me get this straight Jay… Smith is better than Cousins? OK… maybe he is… maybe he isn’t…
    But Smith had way better stuff to work with in KC (roster, management, coaches) than he’ll have in Washington (just ask Kurt).
    What’s Jay supposed to say though? Am I right?

  3. That’s debatable. That said, I’ll take Smith at a cap hit of $18.4m over Cousins’ hit of $24m. Maybe Smith will actually be able to beat the Giants when it counts.

  4. I mean what else is he going to say, yea we gave a guy 74 million dollars whos failed to reach 20 TD passes 2 out of the last 4 years an is 5 years older then the guy we let walk?

  5. Keep telling yourself that. “Checkdown Charlie” is not going to win any rings!

  6. maybe alex didn’t need to throw for as many yards as kurt because a) the chiefs weren’t always playing from behind b) the chiefs had a running game. #notasermonjustathought

  7. He’s pretty much got to say that. Maybe he believes it. Smith had a lot more talent around him in KC than Cousins had in Washington.

  8. I liked Kirk while he was here, but these comparisons are driving me nuts. KC was a winning team whereas the Skins were typically playing from behind, so total yards I would expect to favor Cousins. Not to mention, KC actually had a running game whereas the Skins never could settle on a RB. So I would expect Kirk’s numbers to be better than Smiths since the teams they played for were very different.

  9. “Let me get this straight Jay… Smith is better than Cousins? OK… maybe he is… maybe he isn’t…
    But Smith had way better stuff to work with in KC (roster, management, coaches) than he’ll have in Washington (just ask Kurt).
    What’s Jay supposed to say though? Am I right?”
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    Outside Kelce and I guess Charles when he was healthy and Hunt this year. Alex has not exactly been surrounded by a ton of talent in KC. I think it’s a wash, except Alex is cheaper.

  10. “That said, I’ll take Smith at a cap hit of $18.4m over Cousins’ hit of $24m. Maybe Smith will actually be able to beat the Giants when it counts.”

    Unless your name is Dan Synder why are you concerned with a cap hit? Even when you’re playing Madden Franchise Mode on XBox it’s still not real money.

  11. A legit QB doesn’t get shipped from team to team. This is Smith’s 3rd team. Because he’s not legit and not a real winner. Last year was his best year because he felt he had nothing to lose because of them drafting Mahommes. One good year out of 11 years and some think he’s great? Please. Even Andy Reid got rid of him because he knows this guy can’t win the big ones. Speaks for itself. Same way Reid got rid of Mcnabb because he realized the same about him.

  12. Debatable. As a Chiefs fan I’ve seen every game Smith started in KC. I’ve not seen nearly as much of Cousins. However, I know for a fact that Smith had a better supporting cast by far (this year at least). Smith is a lot better about not turning the ball over. Smith was the best deep ball QB in 2017, but traditionally struggles at it. Smith has hit his ceiling and is a fine NFL QB. Smith is a better athlete, but Cousins has been effective running near the goal line. Cousins has more upside and years left with a higher ceiling and lower floor. Smith’s floor and ceiling perhaps are not far from each other.

  13. Comparing the two players, it seems like Cousins is more of a deep passer who will take risks while Smith is more of a short passer who won’t throw many interceptions. Smith is just the right quarterback for a team with a strong defense and good running backs because he won’t lose the game for you. I’m not sure that describes the Redskins very well. Cousins is probably a guy who can win you some games when you need to come from behind, as evidenced by a lot of 4th-quarter comebacks and game-winning drives he’s had in the past. For the Vikings to get the most out of him, they’ll want to coach the risk-taking out of him until they get into a situation where they need it.

  14. What!?! “He’s very good at the intermediate ball. He’s good with the quick game.” Translation: “He’s great at dinking and dunking because he has an accurate noodle arm”. Vikings fan here, that watched Cousin’s pick apart MN defense and almost single handedly beat them last year, and watched most of his throws from the past 2 years notes: a quick release, accurate, cannon arm, connected to a mobile 6’3″ body, connected to an intelligent fast thinking brain. No wonder he was North of 4k yards 3 years in a row. Smith is good but requires talent around him and scheme to succeed. Without a doubt . . . .a downgrade at the QB position for Washington.

  15. I think there is a wide open space between “game manager” and “GOAT”. I think he is a better QB than Cousins (his stats and winning percentage sure say so), I think he is underrated. But I also don’t think he did himself alot of favors during his career by preferring short, safe passes to airing it out, which he did in 2017 with good success. But Brady is hardly an air marshall, and he has done just fine. Your air out QBs (Rodgers, Brees) haven’t been as successful (better QBs, just not as successful). My concern about Smith is whether Snyder will put a team around him. But he is an upgrade over Cousins. That I am sure about.

  16. The correct answer was, “Ask me in February.” Nobody knows right now, his statement could end up being true. It wouldn’t be the first time Alex Smith succeeded in an offense. I’d bet against it, but that’s why I don’t gamble.

  17. You were never bad at the QB position; it’s the rest of the team that isn’t very good. How about getting better at all the other positions?

  18. Not sure Smith is that much better or worse – he’s very similar as best I can tell. I see it as a lateral move that cleared some cash – not a bad move in that sense.

    What I am sure of is that the front office is still clueless, the team is still at best average to below average, and from what I saw last year, the quality of coaching is questionable.

    The truth is that the second coming of Johnny Unitas or Joe Montana wouldn’t get this team past 8-8 for the foreseeable future. (Full disclosure, I’m a long time Skins fan and will always be, good times and bad times – just calling it like I see it)

  19. not a Skins fan..a Bills fan But I think they did Great with signing , Trading for Alex…and i’m Also a Cousins fan,was screaming during that draft for my Bills to take him.But Overall I think the Skins signed the Better guy !!!

  20. peoriaviking says:
    March 28, 2018 at 9:48 am
    What!?! “He’s very good at the intermediate ball. He’s good with the quick game.” Translation: “He’s great at dinking and dunking because he has an accurate noodle arm”. Vikings fan here, that watched Cousin’s pick apart MN defense and almost single handedly beat them last year

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    You’re a homer, so you’re going to believe. MN was statistically the best D last year. They weren’t the best D last year. I think that goes to Jax. Their stats have a lot to do with who they played. They shouldn’t have made it through the Division round of the playoffs, and they got smoked by a backup in the NFCCG. Torched by the Steelers, Lions and Panthers. Beat bad Bears and AR-less Packers. I still think that Cousins doesn’t bridge the gap between the Vikings and a SB. You’ll regret that $28M which could have gone to shore up actual holes in your game.

  21. I think there is a wide open space between “game manager” and “GOAT”. I think he is a better QB than Cousins (his stats and winning percentage sure say so), I think he is underrated. But I also don’t think he did himself alot of favors during his career by preferring short, safe passes to airing it out, which he did in 2017 with good success. But Brady is hardly an air marshall, and he has done just fine. Your air out QBs (Rodgers, Brees) haven’t been as successful (better QBs, just not as successful). My concern about Smith is whether Snyder will put a team around him. But he is an upgrade over Cousins. That I am sure about.

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    Man, you crazy. Smith better then Cousins? Smith has been in the league over a decade and he’s a proven non-winner. Proven! After 11 seasons, you are what you are and last year was an aberrational season for Smith. He will never again have a season like that and that is another reason Reid shipped him out because he knows Smith stock will never be as high after that fluke season he had. Smith is not a winner; with Cousins that remains to be seen. I’d take Cousins over Smith in a heartbeat. Looking at the numbers, we can easily see who’s the better QB. Easily.

  22. I agree with jay Gruden and I am an Eagles fan. Alex Smith is better than Kirk Cousins in every statistical category. You say stats don’t matter? Than what about wins? Because Alex Smith is better by far there too. Completion percentage? Smith. Yards? Smith. QB rating? Smith. Wins? Smith. Winning percentage? Smith. Why are Gruden’s comments even a question?

  23. And Alex Smith is far more mobile than Kirk Cousins. You listed the passing yards but left out total yards which favor Smith.

  24. Cousins and Smith are the same. Two QBs that don’t play very well when the pressure is at the highest level. That’s what I see so far anyway.

    Wilson, Luck and Carr have been far more clutch than Cousins and have been playing the same amount of time.

  25. So far from interviews and looking at his tape, Cousins is an absolute steal for the Vikings. We would have been just as happy with Keenum, who looks like a steal for the Broncos.

    The biggest loser out of this looks like Washington, you gave up a 3rd rounder and starting corner and are going to pay Smith more than if you had just done this right thing two years ago with Kirk. I really really feel for the hoggets, they deserve better in DC than that joke of an owner.

  26. Lets us examine their and their teams body of work after the season. We shall see who has the better year.

  27. I don’t know the answer about Smith vs Kirk and Gurden has to say this however the remarks for this post are mostly wrong.
    1)Kirk is a fine QB that has played in an offense that made Andy Dalton a pro bowler.
    1A) Smith played in an offense by Reid that is also good to QB’s.
    2) Yes Smith had a better supporting cast last year but Kirk had a very good cast, if not better the years before, the years before this and a terrible D and running game that forced the Redskins to throw way more then most.
    3) Smith is better at the off schedule plays = Fact
    4) Smith is only a short pass QB…please look at who he has played for. This is what was dictated by the offenses he played in. He also had something like 7 different coordinators his first 7 years. Last year he was statistically the BEST deep ball thrower in the league.
    5) Kirk is a good QB but not worth his contract. The Skins did not do a good job of trying to keep him but nobody would have given him a 3 year 19 million guaranteed contract as they were asking for 3 years ago per his own agent. The Redskins did a good job of getting the best QB on the market and at a favorable cost to both parties.
    6) As a Skins fan (obviously) I wish Kirk the best but am not all that sad about losing him. Fact remains, with all his stats, Kirk got us to the playoffs one and lost. When we needed the win at the end of the year to go to the playoffs he didn’t deliver over and over and over again. When it was time to step up and carry the team he wilted. He also like to throw pick 6’s to end close games. I don’t know if Kirk is better then smith or visa versa but they aren’t that far apart.

  28. Is he talking about Alex Smith or a combination of Montana/ Elway?… I purposely left Brady out so Pats fans have something to paste and cut….

  29. I agree, if only for the fact that their current quarterback actually wants to be there. We all know Alex Smith doesn’t give up, even on the crappiest 9ers coaches in a decade. He’s a good player, and you got him locked in. That’s an upgrade in one sense. Just my take

  30. Curious to see how Vikings fans feel about Cuz after 3 years of huge stats and nothing to show for it. He’s not a play-maker. I’ll take Alex Smith for less money all day.

  31. Without a doubt? No, they are different QBs, but I do think Smith is a better fit for them. But what is without a doubt is Skins got themselves into a very predictable contract hole after repeated taggings. And badmouthing Cousins out the door for not committing to good faith negotiations when Skins spent a couple of years not committing to him is a poor way for a team to act.

  32. Do you’ll remember the ESPN pre draft show in 2005 where Alex Smith and Aaron Rodgers were in NYC and both were trying to throw a ball through a tire that was like 30 feet in the air?

    Rodgers missed it by a foot.. Alex Smith on the other hand, missed by 20 feet.

    Ballgame!

  33. As an eagles fan who still routes for fat andy, I have seen both qbs quite a bit. Not fan of the trade and what they gave up. But the redskins will have much better qb play this year. And stop talking about Alex smith having better weapons. Take away last year And cousins had a healthy reed, garçon, AND desean jackson. Not to mention an all pro LT and a pretty good guard as well. Cousins just isn’t that good. That’s why his team said p’s and traded assets for someone’s else. I almost feel bad for Vikings fans. 7-9 next year is gonna hurt. Hope cousins is ready for week 1

  34. Wow, the Washington football team will not be a threat for years to come.
    The NFC is getting tougher, based on the moves made by the Rams, Saints, and Vikings (despite getting Washingtons reject 🙂 )

    However, the NFC east will continue to belong the the World Champion Philadelphia Eagles, for the foreseeable future..

  35. Without a doubt, the redskins would be a better team without you as their coach…but the rest of the nfc east likes it this way…

  36. “It’s not one thing, it’s everything. It’s the entire body of work,” Gruden said, via ESPN.com. “He’s very good at the intermediate ball. He’s good with the quick game. He can run zone reads, the [run-pass options]. Very exciting. … The ability to ad-lib, make plays that aren’t there and keep plays alive. Coaching him for the first time will be exciting because I don’t think there’s a limit on what he can do. He has all the things you want a quarterback to be able to do.” – Someone needs to tell Jay Gruden that they traded for Alex Smith, not Aaron Rodgers.

  37. Having watched Alex Smith weekly since he was a rookie, I can tell you that he is horrible if his team needs a come from behind victory with 2 minutes or less to play. about the only exception was the playoff game against the Saints in 2011, but the next week he flopped again against the Giants. Things haven’t changed much since then, as I watched him throw a bullet pass on 4th down that went incomplete off the hands of the receiver when he was trying to march downfield for a come from behind victory.

    Kirk Cousins, OTOH, impressed me when he had a come back win against Seattle last season. To claim that Alex Smith is a better quarterback is pretty silly. He has never won more than a single playoff game in one season in his career. That means Washington is probably not going to the Super Bowl before his contract is up. With a defense like the vikings, Cousins is a threat to reach the Super Bowl every year for the next few years. Enjoy.

  38. Just wait. Cousins has BOAT LOADS of weapons now. He will have better numbers than Smith in every category including wins.

  39. Great. Alex Smith is going to turn around Monday Night Football. Or I’ll mow the lawn.

  40. I like Smith and think he doens’t get the credit he deserves, but the fact is he’s been run out of town on his last 2 stops for a younger model. Odds are Washington will be drafting someone this year who will run Smith out of DC in the next few years.

  41. Supporting cast makes the difference.
    Wash doesn’t have talent around Smith. Will fail.
    Gruden will be out.

    Huge Jackson should be fired first though. Charlatan.

  42. spiccoli says:
    March 28, 2018 at 9:33 am
    I liked Kirk while he was here, but these comparisons are driving me nuts. KC was a winning team whereas the Skins were typically playing from behind, so total yards I would expect to favor Cousins. Not to mention, KC actually had a running game whereas the Skins never could settle on a RB. So I would expect Kirk’s numbers to be better than Smiths since the teams they played for were very different.

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    Good point. We could attribute a lot of the situation in KC to the fact that they had a good coach and organization as a whole, not a bunch of putzes.

  43. Need a solid indication that the head coach is clueless and carrying the org’s water?!!?

    Here it is – “….because I don’t think there’s a limit on what he can do.”

    I think Alex Smith has been a pretty solid QB, considering the situations he’s been put in, but anyone with a lick of common sense will acknowledge, he has his limitations.

    Given this void in the Redskin’s head coaching position, they’ll be lucky to win six games.

  44. “Your air out QBs (Rodgers, Brees)….”

    Throwing up multiple Hail Mary’s in a season, because you’re incapable of leading your team down the field, now qualifies one as an “air out QB”?

  45. Cousin’s has put up huge numbers on bad teams. Alex Smith has put up average numbers on good teams. Smith has played on good teams his whole career. 49ers during the Superbowl Window period 8 years ago, KC has had a solid O-line, Run game and defense. Cousin’s has had almost nothing to work with in DC.

    SO it’s really hard to judge the two. Cousin’s has put up bigger numbers…because he has had to. Alex has put up smaller numbers, because he hasn’t had to put up big numbers due to good supporting cast.

    This year will tell a lot.

  46. Give him 3 years and the GM will be calling “Alan” Smith out for poor record, even though he did nothing to improve the team. Why would you blame yourself? Let WR’s go but keep the often injured TE around. By the way, the bottom of the barrel is not where you want to find your team, let alone your starting RB.

  47. Has to be one of the dumbest trades I have ever seen. Alex Smith was going to get released in favor of the new kid in KC. They gave up a great cornerback and third rounder: it shows the redskins still have the dumbest owner, gm, and coach in the league.

    Oh, and every team would take cousins over smith. That organization tried to torpedo cousins reputation and it didn’t work. Smith isn’t bad but he has only proven he can’t get a team to the next level even win a great offensive line, threats at receiver, great tight end, and great running back.

  48. The real question Ol Little Gruden dint address is who the hell is he going to throw it to? Thats an offense with a really lackluster supporting crew…all of Smiths successful seasons came when he actually had talent around him.

  49. Don’t know who’s better and don’t really care, but I always liked Smith, particularly the damage he could do running the ball. He had much better offensive weapons in KC though.

  50. skmad2014 says:
    March 28, 2018 at 9:27 am
    Whether its true or not, what else do you expect him to say?

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    How about he says nothing at all?

  51. The dude wins games. Wait until Cousins is done fleecing the Vikings….and he will. He only signed for 3 years. Guess what will happen when his contract expires??? He’ll be off again to the highest bidder. HTTR!!!!!!!!!!

  52. There is no denying that Alex Smith is a good QB. I myself was hoping the Vikes would have traded for Smith. Not because I think he is better than Cousins, but because he less expensive.

    With Cousins averaging over 4000 yards passing, and 27 TD’s on a team that struggled to protect him, very few weapons, and a defense that couldn’t keep a lead, I think Cousins will have a career year in Minnesota.

  53. I’m not going to trash Cousins’ ability. As a Minnesotan, that contract makes me cringe. One of the things to keep the Vikings competitive is their ability to retain key players. This giant contract perhaps keeps them from retaining some guys as they hit FA, for better or worse. Without a doubt, Cousins’ will probably put up 3 phenomenal years, but at what cost?

  54. Didn’t Kirk Cousins inherit RG3 playoffs team? To suggest he never had a supporting cast is hard to believe. Anyways, it’s all a moot point now since he has a great supporting cast now. No more excuses for Kirk Cousins, it’s SB or bust.

  55. Oh i’d say there’s definitely doubt.

    KC’s tight end didn’t get injured every time he made a catch. KC actually had a run game. KC’s o-line wasn’t on IR all season. KC didn’t let their top two WRs walk out the door for nothing and replace them with Terrelle Pryor. It took Alex Smith until his 12th season in the league to break 4000+ yards and 25+ TDs. Kirk has done AT LEAST that EVERY season he’s been a starter, often with inferior talent around him to what Smith had.

    Washington comes off as petty scorned ex-girlfriends here. Between the coach bashing his contributions, and the GM “Kurt”ing him 20 times while throwing him under the bus, it’s a joke. That organization is so clueless, it’s no wonder they can never figure out what they’re doing.

  56. RuddyJamesDIO, oh yeah, Cousins is the reason you guys haven’t won more. Not because they have no clue how to build a team, not because the coaching staff is a joke, not because from the top down they have no vision and no sense whatsoever, nah. It’s all Kurt’s fault. Smith will come in and put a weak team on his back and carry them to glory, because that’s been his history in the league huh? lol you are delusional.

  57. rkt4mayor says:
    March 28, 2018 at 10:06 am

    I agree with jay Gruden and I am an Eagles fan. Alex Smith is better than Kirk Cousins in every statistical category. You say stats don’t matter? Than what about wins? Because Alex Smith is better by far there too. Completion percentage? Smith. Yards? Smith. QB rating? Smith. Wins? Smith. Winning percentage? Smith. Why are Gruden’s comments even a question?
    _________

    Completion percentage:
    Cousins: 65.5
    Smith: 62.4

    Yards per game:
    Cousins: 261.4
    Smith: 204.4

    QB rating:
    Cousins: 93.7
    Smith: 87.4

    Where are you getting your information?

  58. AND at Head Coach!(and GM, for that matter)

    purpleten says:
    March 28, 2018 at 9:55 am
    You were never bad at the QB position; it’s the rest of the team that isn’t very good. How about getting better at all the other positions?

  59. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    March 28, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Didn’t Kirk Cousins inherit RG3 playoffs team?
    _________

    No, he didn’t. The Redskins were 3-13 in 2013 and 4-12 in 2014. Cousins became the full-time starter in 2015 and the Redskins went 9-7 and made the playoffs. I’m not sure what Redskins fans expected him to do. They remember the games he lost but conveniently forget the games he won without much help.

  60. eagleswin says:
    March 28, 2018 at 9:24 am

    That’s cold and not necessarily true. What is true is that Alex Smith is a polarizing figure. There’s most people who think he’s a good game manager and then there’s a few people who think he’s the greatest QB to ever live and will defend it to the death.
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    There are literally zero people that think Alex Smith is the greatest quarterback to ever live.

  61. humpofdc says:
    March 28, 2018 at 10:09 am
    The Skins are happy to rid themselves of the ‘Greedy Choker”!!!!
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    Not as happy as Cousins is to be rid of the Skins and on a real team. Did you see his baby boy Cooper in his new Viking hat? Cutest thing ever.

  62. This is nonsense:

    Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    March 28, 2018 at 9:47 am
    Comparing the two players, it seems like Cousins is more of a deep passer who will take risks while Smith is more of a short passer who won’t throw many interceptions. Smith is just the right quarterback for a team with a strong defense and good running backs because he won’t lose the game for you. I’m not sure that describes the Redskins very well. Cousins is probably a guy who can win you some games when you need to come from behind, as evidenced by a lot of 4th-quarter comebacks and game-winning drives he’s had in the past. For the Vikings to get the most out of him, they’ll want to coach the risk-taking out of him until they get into a situation where they need it.
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    This is when people are posting who do NOT HAVE A CLUE about what they are talking about. Cousins DOES NOT TAKE RISKS!!!!!! Gruden was upset because if a guy was not wide open, Cousins would not throw to him-it is in print!! Cousins said, If he did throw to those people, he, Cousins would be out of the league!!!! That was Grudens biggest problem with Cousins, apart from the untimely choking. Cousins would check down with the game on the line instead of going deep at the wrong times. It was believed he had to keep a strong stat sheet alive. You know, not too many INT’s or turnovers at the wrong time. It was easier to not risk it and check down and put the game crucial first down in the hands of a TE or RB just past the line of scrimmage. WOW!!! You have the exact opposite of the real Kirk cousins. I live in the Redskins broadcast area and have seen every single solitary game.

  63. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    March 28, 2018 at 12:10 pm
    COMP percentage:
    Cousins: 65.5
    Smith: 62.4

    Yards per game:
    Cousins: 261.4
    Smith: 204.4

    QB rating:
    Cousins: 93.7
    Smith: 87.4

    Where are you getting your information?
    __________________________________________
    Comparing 2017 stats. NFL.com:
    QB rating:
    Smith 104.7
    Cousins 93.9

    Passing Yards:
    Cousins 4,093
    Smith 4,042

    TDs:
    Smith 26
    Cousins 27

    Interceptions:
    Smith 5
    Cousins 13

  64. Cousins the alleged deep thrower of Viking fans’ delusions threw for a whopping 51 more yards than Smith the alleged checkdown charlie…

  65. GreenMtnguru says:
    March 28, 2018 at 11:02 am
    “Your air out QBs (Rodgers, Brees)….”

    Throwing up multiple Hail Mary’s in a season, because you’re incapable of leading your team down the field, now qualifies one as an “air out QB”?

    \\\\\

    Please.

    Both these guys can drop it in a chimney 40 yards down the field.

  66. Post all the stats you want. Jay cares about one thing:

    “Can he through the corner end zone fade?”

    Kirk Could not, and cause us many touch down opportunities over the past 3 years.

  67. “Without a doubt” three teams that took a step backwards at the QB position during the 2018 free agency period:

    Kansas City Chiefs
    Washington Redskins
    Minnesota Vikings

  68. charliecharger says:
    March 28, 2018 at 12:46 pm
    13 seasons. 2 playoff wins.
    ……………………………………………………………………..
    yeah and your hero has 0 playoff wins in 6 seasons…..oh and has only 4 wins vs 500 teams and the year they went to the playoffs they beat no 500 teams…..oh and he couldnt beat the giants who already quit on their coach, to make the playoffs….Smith’s only problem in the playoffs is a man named Andy Reid…enjoy what you sow vikes fans….As a giants fan I’m gonna miss the easy wins cousins gave us…

  69. Frazier28/7 says:
    March 28, 2018 at 10:18 am
    “So far from interviews and looking at his tape, Cousins is an absolute steal for the Vikings…”
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    EFF NO!! How in the eff is making a guy with ZERO important wins in his career the highest paid player in the history of the NFL a “steal”. Perhaps that word does not mean what you think it means.

    Please let me educate you – Aaron Rodgers is a steal at $84M – Cousins on the other hand won the FA lottery (as in blind luck).

  70. And just one more post proving that Alex Smith is better than Kirk Cousins: It took Cousins 16 games to throw for 4,093 yards. Which averages at roughly 256 yards per game.

    It took Alex Smith 15 games, (recall he sat out the last game to rest before the playoffs something Cousins didn’t need to worry about), to throw for 4,042 yards. Which averages at roughly 269 yards per game.

    For being an alleged check down charlie with a noodle arm, Alex Smith sure throws the football better than Kirk Cousins…

  71. Who are any of us to say whether Jay Gruden’s offense is better or worse with Alex Smith? He knows the type of offense he wants to run and he obviously feels Alex Smith is the better quarterback to run it. We (the fans) all tend to get hung up in “stats”. There have been many statistically great QBs in the NFL. Sam Bradford broke the all-time completion % record a few years ago; Matthew Stafford routinely throws for over 4,000 yards…has either of them ever won a playoff game? Winning quarterbacks make great decisions. They know when to sacrifice stats. They know when to throw a ball away, when to take risks, when to run. They’re the ones who convert 3rd & 4th downs and red-zone opportunities. It’s not all about stats. That said…Alex Smith had a pretty damn good statistical year himself last year!

  72. rageviral says:
    March 28, 2018 at 9:28 am
    He can’t do everything. Like win in the playoffs.
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    Smith has 2 playoff wins, Skirt Cousins has O bro.

  73. Someone please update Jay Gruden on former Andy Reid QBs that were traded. Can’t use Foles return to Philly cause he was a FA.

  74. rkt4mayor says:
    March 28, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    And just one more post proving that Alex Smith is better than Kirk Cousins: It took Cousins 16 games to throw for 4,093 yards. Which averages at roughly 256 yards per game.

    It took Alex Smith 15 games, (recall he sat out the last game to rest before the playoffs something Cousins didn’t need to worry about), to throw for 4,042 yards. Which averages at roughly 269 yards per game.

    For being an alleged check down charlie with a noodle arm, Alex Smith sure throws the football better than Kirk Cousins…
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    So because Smith averaged 13 yards more per game than Cousins in Smith’s best season of his 12-year career, he “sure throws the football better”?

    Look at their careers. Cousins has MUCH better passing stats than Smith in EVERY category except interceptions. You can argue about intangibles or winning percentages on completely different teams, but you can’t argue about whose passing stats are better.

  75. Yeah because interceptions are a meaningless stat that won’t cost your team a game! Rob the Magician, why don’t we compare the last 6 seasons instead of you going back to Smith’s early San Francisco years. We both know why you won’t because Smith is inarguably the better Quarterback in the present and past 6 seasons.

  76. tiger2471 says:

    March 28, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    rageviral says:
    March 28, 2018 at 9:28 am
    He can’t do everything. Like win in the playoffs.
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    Smith has 2 playoff wins, Skirt Cousins has O bro.

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    Seriously? Alex Smith has been in the League………A LOT LONGER. Also, the Chiefs and 49ers were vastly more talented teams than the Redskins. lol. It is absolutely absurd to use this as a measuring stick.

    I don’t believe Alex Smith would win many, or any playoff games with defenses that allow 30 points a game, a team with no running game, and terrible offensive line play.

  77. Cousins has 3 years as a starter and his worst year is still better than Smiths best year when it comes to QB rankings. ProFootballFocus is your friend.

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