Talk in Washington of benching Kirk Cousins for Colt McCoy

AP

Kirk Cousins played so well in his first two games this season that coach Jay Gruden was open to the possibility of Cousins keeping the starting job in Washington even after Robert Griffin III returns. Cousins has played so badly since then that there’s talk in Washington of benching him for third-stringer Colt McCoy.

Brian Mitchell, who played in Washington for 10 seasons and is now a commentator, said on Comcast SportsNet’s post-game show that benching Cousins would make a lot of sense right now.

“I think we have to hold Kirk to the same standard we held Robert to. And if Kirk Cousins can’t get the job done, then there’s another quarterback sitting there,” Mitchell said, via Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. “Colt McCoy is the next guy out there. I don’t see what the problem would be.

The problem would be that McCoy, who was the Browns’ starter in 2010 and 2011, has done nothing to make anyone think he’s a competent NFL quarterback. Unfortunately, neither has Cousins: Washington has lost four straight games, and Cousins’ three-interception fourth quarter on Sunday doomed any chance the team had of beating the Cardinals. Cousins now has two different three-interception quarters this season; Griffin has never thrown three interceptions in a game.

Benching Cousins for McCoy probably isn’t something Gruden would consider. But Gruden is also probably no longer considering keeping Cousins at the helm once Griffin heals. If nothing else, Cousins has removed any doubt that there shouldn’t be a quarterback controversy in Washington, unless it’s a controversy about whether Cousins or McCoy is next on the depth chart after RG3.

150 responses to “Talk in Washington of benching Kirk Cousins for Colt McCoy

  1. Well, the talk of Cousins being the REAL quarterback of the future in Washington died out pretty quickly. Turns out that he’s a decent backup, but not the guy you want to count on. Colt isn’t really much of a better choice, but it isn’t like he could do all that much worse.

  2. All the while reading this, I was thinking “Colt Brennan” in my head. Once I got to the part about how he’d been the starter in Cleveland, it finally clicked in my head that you were talking about Colt McCoy the former Texas QB.

  3. The Skins fans gave up on RG3 way too fast, his rookie year he played at an almost elite level, he got banged up and had a rough 2013, but he started out 2014 with a +2.1 PFF grade before his injury. The kid still has a lot of potential.

  4. I think everyone already knows RGIII isn’t the answer. You have to give Cousins the rest of the season to see if he isn’t either. If he isn’t you have a nice shiny top 5 draft pick.

  5. Stick with Cousins. He’s thrown some INTs but also made some good throws as a pocket passer. QBs can learn to cut down on INTs through coaching and through experience. Guys like Favre learned to do it.

  6. In fairness to McCoy, the Browns team that he played for had no O-line and WR’s that couldn’t catch a cold. We-done did no better. Plus, Rat Shurmur didn’t have a clue as to what he was doing, only getting the job because his uncle knew Holmgren. In short, McCoy never had a real opportunity in Cleveland yet, always remained a loyal “company man.”

    I’m not saying McCoy’s the answer to all of the problems but look what Hoyer, a career backup, is doing with the new Browns.

  7. Here’s to hope that if my Raiders get #1 pick the Redskins want One of the top 2 QBs so bad we could pull of the same deal the Rams pulled off with them..#TrainRobbery

  8. What a turnaround. Seems I read here not long ago that Cousins was a future franchise quarterback.

  9. If you’re going to hold him to the same standard as Griffin, then You dont pull him regardless of how terrible he is or even if he goes 4-12. You stick with him until he gets injured.

    At least thats what they’ve done with Griffin, so according to his own thoughts, they should hold Cousins to the same standard… Which is basically none.

  10. they should trade for EJ Manuel………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

  11. It’s been widely reported in the media that the Patriots are looking to move aging has been, Tom Brady. His play is not what it used to be. Witness yesterday’s on the road numbers :

    27/37. 361 yds. 4 tds. 0 int

    Multiple media reports say the Patriots are anxious to get Eastern Illinois rookie, Jimmy Garopollo, under center so you might be able to get him for a 5th rounder in 2016.
    .

  12. Wait…what does Theisman have to say about this? He told all of you that Cousin’s should be the undisputed starter in Washington. How dare you question his judgment.

  13. As a Washington fan, I’m fired up that we are in the race for a #1 pick, if we don’t manage to give it away in another bizarre episode of “Danny Rules The Fantasy Football World”

    We are in a rich streak of form having the worst record in the NFL starting the beginning of last season until now. Not easy in a world containing the Raiders.

    Well I have to have something to root for, even if it is being #32 in the NFL.

  14. Actually, the idea of playing Colt is a great one…..Showcasing him a few games could equal trade bait later down the line especially if he plays well…..The skins are actually sitting on a gold mine in terms of potential trades next yr…..I would actually attempt to trade all (3) QBs for draft picks or perhaps pro-bowl caliber defenders…..Texans, Jets, Oakland, Rams, and a few others are thin on decent starters and/or backups…..

  15. With Rothleshamburger the ‘Skins would finish the year 0-16. With Brady or Rogers they would finish 3-13. The ‘skins are lacking in a lot of areas, not only qb.

  16. It’s the instant gratification twitter world we live in. If a young qb craps his pants two games in a row, it’s time to put him out to pasture.

    Look at the teams out there who kept with struggling young qbs.

    Peyton – (yes, he struggled early) and now is the GOAT
    Flacco – struggled, now has a ring
    Eli – sucked out loud for 3 years, has 2 rings
    Romo – struggled early and now is a top 5 qb

    This game is about patience.

  17. With a straight face, the Skins tried to pry a 1st round pick from someone for Cousins this past off-season…I wonder if they could get a 4th rounder now?

  18. Campbell stinks.
    McNabb stinks.
    Rex stinks.
    Robert stinks.
    Kurt stinks.
    Colt stinks.
    Washington Football.

  19. rwhite84 says: Oct 13, 2014 11:56 AM

    The Skins fans gave up on RG3 way too fast, his rookie year he played at an almost elite level, he got banged up and had a rough 2013, but he started out 2014 with a +2.1 PFF grade before his injury. The kid still has a lot of potential.
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    Not sure how this is getting so much flak. The public perception of Griffin is just kind of ignorant. 2012 was unquestionably, in every single statistical category*, the best rookie QB season of all time. We all know, he scked a fat one in 2013, but, look it up, he outplayed Flacco, Manuel, Cassel, Eli, Geno, Tannehill, and Fitzpatrick– all of whom have started in 2014.

    Sure, an injury prone starting quarterback is a massive liability, and we shouldn’t welcome Griffin back as the future of the NFL, but he sure as heck deserves another chance.

  20. Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn are both available if the Browns aren’t quite ready yet to give up on Manziel.

  21. Looks like they packed up the circus in Jersey and moved it to Washington….and I don’t mean to congress….or wait, there too.

  22. Brian Mitchell sounds like a butt hurt RG3 fan. Cousins offense has averaged almost 26 points a game, his losses have come against the Eagles, Seahawks, Giants and Cardinals, not including the Giants they have a combined 4 losses….Cousins throws to many picks which most young QB do, the bigger problem for Washington is its defense which has given up almost 30 points in that same time frame….when you’re playing from behind you tend to take more chances….He has played better than RG3 but it doesn’t matter who starts, neither is good enough to make up for the poor defensive play.

  23. justintuckrule says:
    Oct 13, 2014 12:17 PM

    It’s the instant gratification twitter world we live in. If a young qb craps his pants two games in a row, it’s time to put him out to pasture.

    Look at the teams out there who kept with struggling young qbs.

    Peyton – (yes, he struggled early) and now is the GOAT
    Flacco – struggled, now has a ring
    Eli – sucked out loud for 3 years, has 2 rings
    Romo – struggled early and now is a top 5 qb

    This game is about patience.

    ==============================

    …You had me agreeing up until that last example.

    Really? Top five?

  24. kwjsb says:
    Oct 13, 2014 11:53 AM
    Geeze that’s desperation ….. let’s find a Browns reject and start him?

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    What’s even funnier is that no one from the Redskins organization has suggested doing this. The comment was made by some B-rate radio commentator doing shock jock sports radio.

    All you folks talking about how stupid this move is and the Redskins aren’t even contemplating it.

    LMAO

  25. When will Daniel Snyder stop acting like a general manager? This guy throws money around every offseason and gets no results. How about throwing some money at talent evaluation.

  26. Wait, I thought the skins were going to get 2 1st round picks for Cousins? I mean, his trade value is going to fix that mess of a roster, and replenish the talent lost when they vastly overpaid for RG3. What happened to that?

  27. Maybe the redskins should draft 7 QBs next year. One is bound to at least be mediocre one day.

    When is the last time they ever had 7 draft pics in a draft? Washington does not pick a team that way.

  28. Cousins had a legitimate shot at the top job, that’s all some ‘Skins fans wanted. Just a chance to see who Cousins really is. And now they know.

    Griffin will come back but I doubt he’ll be with the Skins for more than a couple years. He’s had three serious injuries in less than full three years in the league: a LCL “sprain” that required surgery, a torn ACL, and a dislocated ankle. His dual-threat style of play will inevitably cause more injuries.

  29. Makes you wonder what kind of team the Redskins might be right now if they hadn’t given the future away for a quarterback who’s neither physically nor mentally capable of handling the position.

    For the record I loved RG3 that first season. But everything that was said about him and the inability to sustain that type of play has been both the bitter truth and the sad reality the Redskins will be living with for the next decade.

  30. A few Cousins facts from NFL:
    1. #3 in ypg(Peyton #5, Rivers #7,
    Brady #21,Rogers #22)
    2. #16 in att/game
    3. #15 in completions/gm
    4. 88.3 rating (Foles 82.0, Stafford 88.4) Not too bad for a qb. Anyone talking about benching

  31. michell must have taken 1 to many hits in his playing days. cousins must be held to the same high standards as griffen? did I miss the part where the Redskins traded a bunch of first round picks for couisns? third round picks must be held to the same standards as over hyped Heisman trophy winners? do they do drug testing for broadcasters? if not they should in this guys case!

  32. cglacius says:
    Oct 13, 2014 12:14 PM
    Actually, the idea of playing Colt is a great one…..Showcasing him a few games could equal trade bait later down the line especially if he plays well…..The skins are actually sitting on a gold mine in terms of potential trades next yr…..I would actually attempt to trade all (3) QBs for draft picks or perhaps pro-bowl caliber defenders…..Texans, Jets, Oakland, Rams, and a few others are thin on decent starters and/or backups…..

    _______________________________________

    Nobody is trading picks or pro bowlers for your garbage. Sorry.

  33. The Washington Redskins will get it figured out. If not, a veteran qb will be brought in.

  34. bench the rest of the team and leave Cousins in. Receivers are running the wrong routes and line is leaky.

  35. If Washington wants to keep using the word ‘Redskins’ they should have to start a Native American quarterback. I’m looking at you Timmy Chang.

    On a side note, Heath Shuler and Jeff George are warming up their arms.

  36. It’s doesn’t matter who plays quarterback for the Washington Redskins. They are just a lousy football team. I can’t even remember when they were actually any good.

  37. Oct 13, 2014 1:08 PM

    Isn’t it rather hypocritical to not use the REDSKINS name in your article, but show a side view of the helmet?
    ==================================
    Or how about writing a fair and balanced article about Dan Snyder sitting with the head of the Navaho Nation at the game yesterday and about the 1000 native americans holding a rally at the game to SUPPORT THE NAME REDSKINS.

  38. I think some people commenting here have already forgotten how terrible Bob Griffin had been playing prior to his injury this season and before his injury/benching last season. The guy had one good year, a year when no one in the league had any pro tape on him. He looked God awful this season befor going down making terrible decisions with the ball or running with no ability to slide. Cousins might be throwing picks when it matters but he looks good besides that. I don’t see anyone trying to bench David Carr, Bortles or Birdgewater and aside from a few starts last season, they are on the same page as Cousins.

    What do I care, I’m a Cowboys fan. Put Bob back in there and wait for his knee to pop again. Good luck.

  39. So how is this news? Brian Mitchell made a comment on the CSN Postgame show and PFT decided to run with it? Slow news day I suppose.

  40. metalhead65 says:
    Oct 13, 2014 1:09 PM
    michell must have taken 1 to many hits in his playing days. cousins must be held to the same high standards as griffen? did I miss the part where the Redskins traded a bunch of first round picks for couisns? third round picks must be held to the same standards as over hyped Heisman trophy winners? do they do drug testing for broadcasters? if not they should in this guys case!

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    The other stupid thing is that Griffin never lost his job due to performance. No one contemplated yanking Griffin after 4 games like they are doing with Cousins.

    They let Griffin play sub-par ball all last year and only rested him the last part to keep him from getting hurt, but his starting job was never in jeapordy.

    Mitchell was a great kick returner but otherwise he is kind of an idiot.

  41. The president of the Navajo tribe sat in the owners box with Dan Snyder WEARING a redskins hat cheering on Washington and not a word from PFT. Wow. What an agenda driven, biased website this is.

    I guess if the news doesnt align with NBC and Bob Costas liberal leftist views it isn’t worth reporting!

  42. When is Bruce Allen going to take the blame for 4/5 losing seasons at the helm picking coaches and players. He is the architect right?

  43. Why would you want someone who doesn’t even look old enough to shave to come and take over Cousins’ job???

    I rather have Cousins in there because he at least has decent numbers to give me false hope unlike McCoy whose every play since his last college game gives me no hope and trepidation.

  44. englishguy24601 says: Oct 13, 2014 1:40 PM

    Hey, Washington, if you change your racist nickname you can have Ponder for free! Think about it. Or you can just have Ponder.

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    Hey englishguy, bet you never thought the Redskins was racially charged until Bob Costas told you so huh? Way to think for yourself buddy

  45. Cousins- 13 games played, 8 games starter
    18 Tds 18 ints, 3 fumbles lost. So 18 Tds 21 turnovers. He has thrown, more interceptions in 13 games than Griffin has in 30 starts (17 ints).

  46. Welp, at least there is no QB controversy….Cousins has played himself into career obscurity. #BackUP4Life #KC3INTS #DareISayChoke ##3PICKSINTHE4THQTR #WeActuallyThoughtHeWasBetter
    #WhyDidntWeDraftRussellWilson

  47. You Washington Football team bigots. The “President of the Navajo Nation” who attended the game yesterday in the owner’s box is a lame duck as he was trounced in the election SPECIFICALLY BECAUSE OF HIS POSITION ON THE TEAM’S NAME! Learn something about the joker you are trumpeting before you squawk.

  48. Anybody remember the off-season before the start of the 2013 season when every single Skins fan on this board was talking trash about how they were going to the Super Bowl?

  49. 71.2 QB rating, 56% completion percentage, 26 TD’s, 28 interceptions… Peyton Manning’s rookie season.

    Everyone expects a QB to take the field & be a finished product. Putting Colt McCoy on the field does nothing for the future of the franchise. We have to pick a guy & let him work through his mistakes but we need an OL that can allow that to happen. Cousins & Griffin both have a chance to be successful but they have to trust the players around them to keep them on their feet most of the time or they both will be no good for us & the Redskins will give up on them too soon.

  50. The guy is still learning the position…leave him alone and go back to your mother’s basement. He’s not getting benched…dumbest idea I’ve heard from you dopes this year. Hail!

  51. Meanwhile the QB of the team 30 miles to the north just completed his 102nd consecutive game.

  52. Cousins is essentially a rookie since he never got first team treatment and coaching. So you have to give him the year, same as other rookies get.
    Cousins is still far better than Geno, Teddy, anyone on the Bucs. He will have better stats than Eli and Ben at the end of the season.

  53. rwhite84 says:
    Oct 13, 2014 11:56 AM
    The Skins fans gave up on RG3 way too fast, his rookie year he played at an almost elite level, he got banged up and had a rough 2013, but he started out 2014 with a +2.1 PFF grade before his injury. The kid still has a lot of potential.
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    If by “almost elite” you mean mere average, then yes, you would almost be correct.

  54. Cousins played scared after the first hit yesterday…just got worse as the Cards figured it out. No trade value for him at all.

  55. Can’t believe we’re not keeping track of “those who say” and “those who do not!”

    Gruden and Tirico called the Washington football franchise “the Redskins” last Monday night as did the dude on fox this weekend.

    People may be boycotting the Redskins because they are a terrible football team, but not because of their name.

    #HTTfourthworstfootballteaminmdbehindravensUMDtowson&morgan

  56. The Redskins continues to be PTF’s whipping boy for the rhetorical ignorance of haters and Mike Florio flunkies.

    The name is not going to change as long as Daniel Snyder owns the team so deal with it.

    The mindless smug comments about RGIII are ridiculous like this crap:

    nantwan says:
    Oct 13, 2014 1:25 PM
    “I think we have to hold Kirk to the same standard we held Robert to.”
    Don’t get injured and you’ll play?

    You can’t possible be serious about comparing Kirk Cousins or 75% of the qb’s in the NFL to a healthy RGIII. He’s not a traditional primary pocket passing qb, but neither is Russell Wilson or Kapernick. Besides there is no pocket in Washington for him to pass from.

    His rookie season proved his value for everything that they did to get him.

    Dallas fans have had an overrated qb for years who hasn’t even won a play off game or even a division title. What has Philly won?

    I could understand the Giant fan trash talk, but the rest of you smut rats need to just shut up until you have something relevant to say.

    Most of you haters in the NFC East hope that the Redskins don’t win another division title with a chance to win a Super Bowl before your sorry team does.

    Well the clock is ticking and don’t forget the young man that put this team on his back and brought his them back to the play offs before his injury ended their season.

    Here’s another example of ignorance looking to be relevant.

    longtimefanhtr says:
    Oct 13, 2014 1:54 PM
    Snyder is looking into signing one of those Navajos sitting with him yesterday as his QB.

    Really!! What could be more derogatory than the statement from this idiot?

    Go Redskins!! Red Mesa & Washington!!

  57. Lol, this is hilarious. Take your backup out for another backup. Guess the 2-10 Captain Kirk record isn’t doing it for people, and they’re finally realizing he’s a good backup, nothing more, nothing less. This generation’s Frank Reich isn’t the worst thing to be in the world.

  58. raiderlyfe510 says:
    Oct 13, 2014 12:05 PM
    Here’s to hope that if my Raiders get #1 pick the Redskins want One of the top 2 QBs so bad we could pull of the same deal the Rams pulled off with them..#TrainRobbery

    ————-

    Yeah because the Raiders’ front office is always making shark moves…

  59. the d.c. club and their fans are so hilarious. from the midget owner and his alleged token native, to the stepford fans and each season’s latest savior.

    adam archuleta, fred smoot twice, bruce smith, albert haynesworth, joe gibbs, spurrier, shanny, laverius coles, trotter, randle-el, jeff george, dana stubblefield, deion, mcnabb, griffin, etc. etc.

    to the guy saying dan won’t change the name, why did his servant vinny cerrato bring up the new stadium for a name change proposition…?

  60. Can we let the guy play a full season before trashing him? He’s basically a rookie and looks like one. He makes great throws followed by head scratchers, which is not uncommon for young QB’s. He clearly has potential. Even great QB’s usually dont put up pretty numbers their first season or two.

  61. McCoy is not a good QB, and has a weak arm for NFL Quarterbacks. Stick with Cousins, he gives you the best chance to win until RGIII returns.

    Then you have to solve why RGIII has looked so bad in the new offense. Is the offense ill-suited for RGIII or is it simply growing pains in a new offense?

    In no way, shape, or form is McCoy the answer.

  62. “If Colt doesn’t work out, you can always make us an offer for Johnny Manziel.
    -The Cleveland Browns”

    I said the same thing last week. It’s getting closer each week. You know Little Danny would love the PR, not that he would ever insert himself into team personnel management decisions.’

  63. vw1982 says: Oct 13, 2014 12:44 PM

    Brian Mitchell sounds like a butt hurt RG3 fan. Cousins offense has averaged almost 26 points a game, his losses have come against the Eagles, Seahawks, Giants and Cardinals, not including the Giants they have a combined 4 losses….Cousins throws to many picks which most young QB do, the bigger problem for Washington is its defense which has given up almost 30 points in that same time frame….when you’re playing from behind you tend to take more chances….He has played better than RG3 but it doesn’t matter who starts, neither is good enough to make up for the poor defensive play.
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    exactly!

  64. McCoy has a week arm and doesn’t throw the ball on time. Not a great combination. The Hoyer comparison doesn’t work, although the team to be fair is better now. Hoyer was a back up that was destined to be a starter. McCoy was a starter destined to be a back up.

  65. Tough spot for the Redskins. As far as McCoy not being a good college QB, um how have they done since he left? Go Redskins!

  66. rwhite84 says: Oct 13, 2014 11:56 AM

    The Skins fans gave up on RG3 way too fast, his rookie year he played at an almost elite level, he got banged up and had a rough 2013, but he started out 2014 with a +2.1 PFF grade before his injury. The kid still has a lot of potential
    ________________________________________
    Gave up on RG3….Not this REDSKIN fan… (But I know a lot have, since I see and hear people, because I go to all the home games)

    RG3 get back ASAP, cause Cousins or McCoy aint the answer!

  67. We all know the Redskins are losing because their name is racists right? So wouldn’t it be pointless to change QBs? Won’t they keep losing forever until Tonto lifts the curse from them?

  68. Watching Cordel Stewart, Michael Vick, Randall Cunningham and other “scrambling” QB’s get TOTALLY destroyed by forced “Pocket Passing” coaches, you real quick like understand that some coaches know HOW to coach a scrambling QB, while others haven’t a clue!

    Look at: Russel Wilson, Colin Kaepernick, Cam Newton, and company and this is how you should be utilizing someone with the MASSIVE talent, speed and cerebral poise that RGIII possesses!

    What’s really sad is taking someone’s strengths and confining them to a coach’s weaknesses! Look at the history behind the QB’s I mentioned up top. Their first year in the NFL they all had EXCEPTIONAL games! Then, some coach decided to play the role that ALL QB’s should be in the pocket, and they ALL got hurt! If you note, they all got hurt during attempts to “slide”, which no true running QB does well. With the exception maybe of Russel Wilson who is just one exceptional player!

    But as a Redskins fan, I am constantly shaking my head watching us WAY under utilize RGIII’s talents! The kid is a “scrambling QB”, Let him play the game!

  69. I think everyone already knows RGIII isn’t the answer. You have to give Cousins the rest of the season to see if he isn’t either
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    let me FIRST address the poster called RomoIsGod…..David Carr IS BENCHED!!! he’s not even on a team if i am right!!! now Derek Carr is starting, but David isn’t and here’s the BIG difference with Cousins and Carr/Bortles/Bridgewater. Cousins isn’t a rookie, he and RG3 came in the same draft….Cousins had/has starting experience, but he is what he is. a gunslinger and NO, we do NOT know what RG3 is at a QB. all we know is he’s had freak injuries, but as a QB, we don’t know if he’s going to be great (when healthy) or bad…we now pretty much know what Cousins is….a good backup to have, but if a starter, he will turnover the ball with bad interceptions. RG3 (for his faults he has) so far has never thrown 3 interceptions in a game. i don’t think they should bench Cousins for McCoy, but i do think all the stupid talk of starting Cousins has to end. and by the way, the Redskins won’t trade for Manziel, that won’t happen.

  70. My problem with Cousins isn’t that he makes mistakes. It’s that he makes them consistently when it matters the most. 3 picks in the 4th QTR? That’s Romo-like. It doesn’t go away. It haunts you. Like, forever. As in, always.

  71. I don’t see any Redskins fan wanting Colt McCoy or giving up on RGIII…..and htere is no way Manziel is coming to Washington, we just don’t wat him.

  72. I think the data on Colt was he beat the Patriots, and new Orleans… and was ranked 8th AFC with the dropsy twins received ranked near the bottom. I don’t think any QB had a chance in Cleveland.

  73. acehawk55 says: Oct 13, 2014 12:50 PM

    When will Daniel Snyder stop acting like a general manager? This guy throws money around every offseason and gets no results. How about throwing some money at talent evaluation.
    ___________________
    He doesn’t. Not sure why this perception persists. Sure, he spent a decade making Jerry Jones look like the greatest football mind of all time, but he hasn’t had any GM-ish duties for four years. The Redskins still have this image of being the franchise where careers go to die, but their last really bad pickup was McNabb in 2010. Garcon has played far better in DC than he ever did in Indy with Peyton. DeSean Jackson may be a dck, but he’s on pace to replicate his 2013 pro-bowl season; same with Jason Hatcher.
    Their are so many different ways to trash the Redskins, why drag up one that’s not remotely valid anymore?

  74. McCoy played remarkably well on talentless and dysfunctional Browns teams. He managed what he had and the old regime there (Mike Holmgren) thought Weeden was the heap and let McCoy twist. He definitely wouldn’t have thrown a left handed falling away flip for a pick 6 and he doesn’t stare down receivers or throw to wide open CBs.

  75. Take your backup out for another backup.
    Come on man!!!!
    Bring in Vince Young…. You don’t have to trade anything for him and he won’t cast a lot of money.

  76. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Oct 13, 2014 3:24 PM

    the d.c. club and their fans are so hilarious. from the midget owner and his alleged token native, to the stepford fans and each season’s latest savior.

    adam archuleta, fred smoot twice, bruce smith, albert haynesworth, joe gibbs, spurrier, shanny, laverius coles, trotter, randle-el, jeff george, dana stubblefield, deion, mcnabb, griffin, etc. etc.
    _____________
    2006, draft pick, 2001, 2009, 2004, 1999, led to Santana Moss, 2000, 2006, 2000, 2000, 1998, 2010, N/A.

    Is Snyder an idiot? Definitely, but the average age of those mistakes is 12 years. In other words, if you and your girlfriend made a similar mistake, he would be in middle school by now.

  77. vicnocal says:
    Oct 13, 2014 12:01 PM

    Stick with Cousins. He’s thrown some INTs but also made some good throws as a pocket passer. QBs can learn to cut down on INTs through coaching and through experience. Guys like Favre learned to do it.
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    Except for 2009, Favre’s had his lowest interception percentage in four of his first five seasons (when Mike Holmgren hounded him about throwing INT’s).

    He didn’t learn to cut down on his INT’s, it was his worst flaw. And it seemed like his last 7 years with the Packers he led the universe in pick 6s.

  78. I’ve been a Redskin fan for over 50 years and the time has come to finally let go. Since 1991 they’ve been one of the worst teams in the NFL. From ineptitude owner who has caused so many mistakes with the team through roll over couches, players beyond their playing time, incredibly bad drafts wasting so many picks for a athletic first, quarterback second. Not using picks to build a line first (see Dallas or our former Hogs), being ruined over $36 million by the NFL whom our owner has made so many enemies. I have had it with the constant losing! Please Dan Snyder, sale the team! Let someone else buy the team, change the name (PC rules), get a excellent GM who knows how to draft players, build a team of scouts with a proven record and build from the lines out so that when you finally draft a QB, he has a line to defend him and open holes for our RBs. No more merchandise! No more tickets! Not one more cent from me or my family! Over $5000 a year easily for attending games and buying items and jerseys yearly! NO MORE! I don’t blame the current HC, he’s doing his best with the debris he was given to work with. I blame the OWNER for years of totally destroying a once proud franchise! From this day forward until the skins can produce a winning team for three years straight the NFL will not be getting any more of my money or my family’s money! You did this Dan Snyder! I’m just one of many former fans and the list is getting larger each and every day! Sell the team! You could easily find someone whom would buy the team for $2.5 to $3 billion! Sell it for the fans! Do the right thing!

  79. The Washington Sniders are pathetic or what? McCoy couldn’t even make the roster of other teams even as a backup, so how is he better than Cousins? The Sniders major problem is their inept defense. Even their dirtiest player Meriweather knocked his own dumb ass out of the game against the Cards.

  80. pfatl says:
    Oct 13, 2014 2:03 PM

    You Washington Football team bigots. The “President of the Navajo Nation” who attended the game yesterday in the owner’s box is a lame duck as he was trounced in the election SPECIFICALLY BECAUSE OF HIS POSITION ON THE TEAM’S NAME! Learn something about the joker you are trumpeting before you squawk.
    ==========================

    You should take your own advise! You are as bad as Fox News, only telling part of the story and using that part to get your point across. Shelly did not lose the election specifically due to his position on the REDSKINS name. Shelly entered office accused of fraud, theft and conspiracy. Charges were dropped only after he repaid over 8K to the tribal government. Would you vote to keep a president accused of fraud, etc? Yea, I didn’t think so!

    Also, it was the council that he disagreed with regarding the use of the REDSKINS name, the council voting 9-2 to formally oppose using the name.
    It is obvious that Native Americans only started opposing the REDSKINS name after they got rich from the casino’s and started hiring people to argue on their behalf. They need to answer one little question….where was the opposition long ago, like when Washington first became the REDSKINS. Until that question is answered honestly, any talk of changing the name should be tabled!

    As for Cousins, if he is playing as badly as they say, sit him down in favor of McCoy. Can’t be any worse, and could be an improvement. Unlike the Vikings, the third string QB couldn’t handle a high school team! When RGIII comes back, make him earn the QB spot again, not just hand it to him.

  81. zatoichi7 says: Oct 13, 2014 3:43 PM

    Brian Mitchell sounds like a butt hurt RG3 fan. Cousins offense has averaged almost 26 points a game, his losses have come against the Eagles, Seahawks, Giants and Cardinals, not including the Giants they have a combined 4 losses….Cousins throws to many picks which most young QB do, the bigger problem for Washington is its defense which has given up almost 30 points in that same time frame….when you’re playing from behind you tend to take more chances….He has played better than RG3 but it doesn’t matter who starts, neither is good enough to make up for the poor defensive play.

    Griffin played one game this year and completed 78 % of his passes for 276 yards while getting harassed by JJ Watt all day, meanwhile the defense plays well enough to win games while Cousins is playing and you make excuses for Kirk. How in world has he outplayed Griffin? Griffin has never played as poorly in any game in his career. The defense and special teams were much worse last year, but that doesn’t seem to matter to the Griffin haters.

    58.8 completion percent 63.3

    2,891 passing yards 6708

    18 Touchdowns 43

    18 Interceptions 17

    78.1 QB rating 91.8

    I wonder which one of these stat lines is Cousins, and which one is Griffin’s. You tell me who outplayed who.

  82. Never got what people’s obsession with Cousins that they were ready to throw away a QB with a career 90+ rating in his first two seasons. Cousins may be good one day, but he’s clearly a developmental player at this stage of his career. And the “fact” that he’s a better pocket passer is purely subjective at this point – considering the numbers point to Griffin being the far superior pocket passer.

  83. No matter whom we place behind center he will lose! The offensive line is in shambles except for our LT. We have either a MASH unit run first QB or a deer in the headlights QB who occasionally throws a decent bomb! I say can them both! Let’s completely suck for a while and attain quality #1 picks toward building a line and secondary through the draft then draft a QB who will have an offensive line to protect him. Just think if we had lost one more game we would have had Luck and still had those picks toward a RT, CB and FS! This has always been our Achilles’ heel. We make the big news during the off season and crash during the season. Paraphrasing Jack as the Joker, “This team needs an enema!”

  84. So much for the “trade Cousins for a 2d” talk…
    Playing McCoy now makes no sense, unless Jay Gruden’s already decided that taking this job was a mistake. Marty, Steve, Joe, Jim and Mike could’ve told him that.

  85. Stick with a Cousins. When Griffin goes down for the rest of the year halfway through his second game back, you’d curse wasting real world reps on Colt McCoy.

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