Mike Shanahan continues to heap praise on Kirk Cousins

AP

In 2012, former Washington coach Mike Shanahan took a fourth-round flier on quarterback Kirk Cousins, in the same year the team gave up three ones and a two to get Robert Griffin III. And it’s possible that Shanahan is laying the foundation to swoop back into the NFL with Cousins as his quarterback.

Shanahan has continuously praised Cousins, at a time when Shanahan has made it clear he wants what would be a fourth NFL head-coaching opportunity. His latest remarks were the most over-the-top yet.

“I think he’s a guy that can take your team and win a Super Bowl,” Shanahan told ESPN 980, via Clinton Yates of the Washington Post. “And that’s the biggest compliment I can give somebody. Does this person have the ability, the ingredients, that if he has the right supporting cast on offense/defense and special teams, can he win you a Super Bowl? And I believe that Kirk Cousins has that ability.”

More immediately, Kirk Cousins may have the ability to get Shanahan what he really wants. Because when teams that inevitably will be looking for new coaches because they invariably have bad quarterback situations will be hiring in January, Shanahan’s plan for any interviews he gets will include getting Cousins to be the team’s quarterback.

Yes, Cousins will be a free agent after the season. And Washington would have to devote nearly $20 million in cash and cap space to keep Cousins off the market for 2016. Which means, unless Washington gets to the Super Bowl or close to it, Cousins is likely to hit the open market. Which will make it easy for Shanahan to recruit Cousins to Shanahan’s new team, if he can land one.

Ultimately, it’s the money that talks. But Shanahan’s chatter surely will make it easier to lure Cousins when the time comes to pick a new team.

For Shanahan’s purposes, landing Cousins is one thing. Using the possibility of landing Cousins to secure an NFL job two months before Cousins becomes a free agent is another. And the only way for Washington to block that will be to sign Cousins to a new contract before the end of the season.

44 responses to “Mike Shanahan continues to heap praise on Kirk Cousins

  1. Just another indication that RGIII was shoved down Shanahan’s throat by “upper management”. Same as the next batch of coaches has been forced to play him, exception being this year and it will probably cost Gruden his job.

  2. RG???, who? That’s right, he was the one that was overpriced. I guess Washington did buy that bridge that Saint Louis was trying to sell someone.

  3. Shanny crazy. Respect for him for being a good coach but dude literally is drunk think Cousins is a franchise QB. For ever good game he has which to me he 2 good games and 2 horrible games, dude wets the bed when then the pressure is on. Not gonna be shocked if he throws 3 picks against Atlanta and gets benched

  4. “And it’s possible that Shanahan is laying the foundation to swoop back into the NFL with Cousins as his quarterback.”
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    Or it could be that he is intent on showing how much smarter he is than Snyder and how the debacle that his Redskins stint turned into was really Snyder’s fault. Reasoning that getting that black mark off his resume would make him more attractive as a coaching prospect with or without Cousins

  5. Why does every story about RGIII say they gave up three #1 picks? They gave up two and switched first round picks. They moved up with the pick they switched, so how can that be considered giving up a pick? I think people love to try to make the trade seem a bad as possible.

  6. “And Washington would have to devote nearly $20 million in cash and cap space to keep Cousins off the market for 2016”

    Wait…..what?? Kirk Cousins is gonna get $20 million/year this offseason?

  7. The game has passed him by and no owner in his right mind should hire him. I suppose he was lucky that he was hired by an owner who didn’t know what he was doing. As far as Cousins goes, it seems as if he turns the ball over more often than even Andrew Luck. Take care of the ball or you will have a career holding a clip board.

  8. He’s not a great coach and he’s a worse GM. Shanny’s time has passed and even during his prime he was barely above mediocre.

  9. bigjd says:
    Oct 10, 2015 10:31 AM
    Why does every story about RGIII say they gave up three #1 picks? They gave up two and switched first round picks. They moved up with the pick they switched, so how can that be considered giving up a pick? I think people love to try to make the trade seem a bad as possible.
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    People jeep saying we gave up 3 #1 picks because we did and I don’t understand how people like you don’t get that.

    What we traded to the Rams was 3 first round picks and a second round pick. In return they gave us their first round pick which we used to draft RG3. The fact that we received a first round pick does not negate the fact we gave up 3 first round picks.

    It doesn’t matter what we got back from the Rams we still gave up 3 first round picks to get it. So let’s look at it from the Ram’s perspective using your logic….they got back 3 first round picks for trading their first…..using your logic are you saying they actually got 2 first round picks for free? No they traded a 1st in return they received 3 first and a second.

  10. All the trash talking about Shanahan may be warranted, but I’d welcome him with open arms over the tragedy that is Caldwell/Lombardi. I bet Shanny could get more than 2.7 yards a carry.

  11. I don’t get all the hate for Shanahan. As a head coach he won 2 Super Bowls with the Broncos , and here’s the kicker! I want everyone to say this out loud, “he took the Redskins to the playoffs”.

  12. I get tired of people saying we gave up 3 #1’s. If they gave up 3 #1’s what did they use to draft RG3? Because they didn’t have 2 #1’s that year. They gave up 2 #1’s and a #2.

  13. “And Washington would have to devote nearly $20 million in cash and cap space to keep Cousins off the market for 2016.”

    What utter nonsense. The median starting NFL QB gets around $10 million per year.

    The going rate for mediocre to below average veteran starters with substantial NFL experience is under $10 million. See Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh McCown, etc.

    Unless Kirk Cousins shows massive improvement over the next 12 games, he wI’ll get the median or below median at best.

  14. One scenario with Kirk is he pulls a Brad Johnson; Johnson did not want to look over his shoulder at Jeff George (Jeff George!) so he went to an almost super bowl ready Tampa Bay squad and got a ring. The comparison should be to Russell Wilson (hear me out) not based on overall achievements (Wilson has been very successful on a team with way, way more talent) but on the alternative; if you no longer have Kirk who do you put behind center? If Kirk views the Redskins organization as dysfunctional (and just about anyone reading this has seen ample evidence of that) and wants out no matter what (Champ Bailey really wanted out bad) the only way for the Redskins to keep him at that point is the franchise tag (at around 20 million a year). Under the non-exclusive tag Kirk would be allowed to negotiate with other teams and if he left the Redskins would get 2 first round picks as compensation and Kirk would get the big contract; is he currently worth anything close to that? Of course not but without the tag some team that really thinks they are a “game manager” away from a title shot and who does not have an owner named Dan Snyder may look like a good move for Kirk. If he looks like a top 20 QB at the end of the year it could become very interesting. In Scot (with one t) we trust.

  15. If Cousins plays anywhere near like he did against Philly the rest of the year he’ll get a nice new contract, but I don’t expect it to be $20 million. I expect RGIII will be gone, most likely, so that frees up $16 million for 2016, and they’ll have no further commitment to him. There’ll be room to sign Cousins to a decent starter’s contract.

  16. What utter nonsense. The median starting NFL QB gets around $10 million per year.

    The going rate for mediocre to below average veteran starters with substantial NFL experience is under $10 million. See Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh McCown, etc.
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    The article is talking the REDSKINS using the franchise tag on Cousins

  17. What makes you think any team wants Shanahan OR Cousins as its “answers” heading into a new season?

  18. You have to admit, Shanny’s been right on with RG, Cousins, Snyder and even said the skins are going to be better than people think.. He’s been around a long time and if I was an owner, I’d hire him.

  19. ballin99999 says:
    Oct 10, 2015 11:00 AM
    “And Washington would have to devote nearly $20 million in cash and cap space to keep Cousins off the market for 2016”

    Wait…..what?? Kirk Cousins is gonna get $20 million/year this offseason

    Right my thoughts exactly, sometimes Mike your logic and assumptions are head scratchers… The guy has played barely competent to begin with…

  20. As the season progresses, if Kirk continues to grow into a good QB, he isn’t hitting the open market.

  21. However you want to spin, it it was a horrible draft day trade that will haunt your team for years. Get used to hearing it

  22. Several backup and journeymen QBs have won Super Bowls, including for the Redskins and their Baltimore neighbors.

    There’s a difference between being able to hand the ball off and not make turnovers (which, uh, Hello- Kirk Cousins, here) and being a QB who can actually LEAD a team to a Super Bowl.

    Tying one’s livelihood to the performance of a marginal QB seems pretty nuts. I mean, if Urban Meyer said he wanted to coach in the NFL but Tebow had to be his starting QB, how many would go for that? It would probably be like when Spurrier tried to use all those old Florida QBs who were not NFL caliber.

  23. Lots of haters here. This is Kirk’s first year being named the full time starter. You do realize that young QBs can get better with more playing time right? Perhaps it’s a little too early to label him a “poor man’s Alex Smith”.

    He showed last Sunday he can be clutch and lead his team to a comeback victory against a division rival in the final minutes of a game. That’s progress in my book.

  24. Even if they do have to tag Cousins for $20 million, they can free up $16 million by cutting Griffin.

  25. OK let’s get a couple of things straight here. The Skins drafted Griffin in 2012 and spent 1 first round in 2012, 1 second round pick in 2012, 1 first round pick in 2013, and 1 first round pick in 2014 – that is it cost them 3 first round picks and 1 second round pick. Shanahan was the only coach able to get the most out of Griffin’s limited skill as a pro QB and coach the Skins to the playoffs. Shanahan was smart enough to know that the NFL would catch up with Griffin’s limited skill set and drafted a QB later the same year with more potential as a pro. Shanahan did not injure Griffin that was on Griffin himself and the re-injury was on Griffin’s ego and paranoia. Beck and Grossman were never intended to be QB’s for the team long term. Skins are infinitely better with Cousins than Griffin.

  26. the Skins traded 3 firsts (2012, 2013, and 2014) and a second (2012) to move up to select Griffin at the 2 spot. They switched spots in 2012 by spending 4 draft picks, the 2012 first rounder didn’t disappear. Shanahan was the best thing that could have happened to Griffin. Griffin’s play and inability to stay healthy caused his demise. No one else to blame but Griffin. Well maybe Snyder.

  27. Shanahan may not be coach of the year material, but has he not drafted Cousins the Redskins would be spinning in mud right now.

    If you gave me 1 dollar I could spend today and I gave you three dollars back but you can’t spend it until 9 tonight I still gave you 3 dollars. Why is this so hard?

  28. So many wild leaps and assumptions here.

    Why would Cousins automatically follow Shanahan? He’s building something with this team and if he finds success there he is likely to stay.

    Also, if he shows the ability to be a hot commodity starter over the first 8 games the Redskins can sign him before free agency for less than 20 mill and as long as its decent hello take it over the uncertainty of free agency.

    This is just wild speculation.

  29. Cousins isn’t getting 20 million a year. The 2o million is the amount the Skins would have to set aside, if we franchise Cousins.

    The Skins are drafting a QB next year. Where, depends on Cousins performance.

  30. Thesmartestmanever:

    If you gave me 1 dollar I could spend today and I gave you three dollars back but you can’t spend it until 9 tonight I still gave you 3 dollars. Why is this so hard?
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    So if the price of a new car is 30 grand but the dealer gives you 2 grand back, in your mind the car cost you 30 grand? The most ironic username ever.

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