In case you were shocked/dismayed/confused when Washington named Kirk Cousins its starting quarterback for the season, rest assured — Mike Shanahan thinks it’s a great move.
Via Dan Hellie of the NFL Network, Shanahan the Elder declared that he loved his former fourth-round pick, you know the one that came after he presided over the drafting of the deposed Robert Griffin III.
“Kirk Cousins is a franchise quarterback, he will be a top 10 quarterback in this league no doubt about it,” Shanahan said.
You can practically see him rubbing his palms together and giggling as he said it, too.
The RG3 dysfunction that ended today began when Shanahan was in charge, and the relationship between coach and quarterback deteriorated quickly.
So it’s no surprise that Shanahan wants to praise his own bargain find/stick it to his former boss/dump on RG3/passive-aggressively provide cover for his own reputation.