Jay Gruden is ready to “move forward” at quarterback

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Washington coach Jay Gruden can’t officially talk about his new quarterback yet, but he’s ready to move on from the old one.

They’re turning Kirk Cousins into the free agent market after two years of franchise-tagging him and failing to reach a long-term deal, and have agreed to a deal for Alex Smith which will become official when the league year opens on March 14.

“We’ve played this tag game for a couple years now it seems like, and I think it’s time to get some stability at the most important position in sports, and that’s quarterback,” Gruden said, via Kimberley Martin of the Washington Post. “It’s very important for us to move forward and let Kirk move on.

“If Washington’s not a place that he wanted to be, it’s time for us to move on and get some continuity there at quarterback.”

That continuity will come thanks to the four-year deal they’ve agreed to with Smith, and though Gruden wouldn’t refer to him by name, we’re all adults here and know what’s going on.

“It means a lot,” Gruden said of the Smith deal. “Not just for me, but it means a lot for the team and the organization. Knowing where we are and who we’re going to prepare with for the next three, four years. It’s an important process for us to have the quarterback in a position where he can grow with the football team, we can grow with him and move on.”

Soon enough, Gruden will be able to say Smith’s name, and Cousins will be very rich someplace other than Washington.

19 responses to “Jay Gruden is ready to “move forward” at quarterback

  1. Cousins didn’t win anything in Washington anyway with all that money they layed at his feet. 4-19 against teams with a winning record. Finished 3rd out of 4th place in the division the last two years. A complete waste of three years for the skins.

  2. Hey, but at least he got his money, right? Two years of a ridiculous amount of money in those years he didn’t make the playoffs, httr, right? Lol! I don’t know what going to happen to my giants at qb Eli Manning is getting a little long in the tooth, but the redskins moves continue to make the other teams in the nfc east look like geniuses, so I’m not worried about Alex Smith on the redskins……maybe if he was on the Cowboys or eagles, but not the redskins.

  3. still another example of the disaster that is Bruce Allen…hopefully, Smith can keep the Redskins competitive but that’s about the ceiling for this team…

  4. 2017: 64.3% completion, 4,093yds, 27/13 TDs/Ints, 93.9 rating
    2016: 67.0% completion, 4,917yds, 25/12 TDs/Ints, 97.2 rating
    2015: 69.8% completion, 4,166yds, 29/11 TDs/Ints, 101.6 rating

    2017 Redskins Defense – 27th points allowed, 20th in yards allowed
    2016 Redskins Defense – 20th points allowed, 27th in yards allowed
    2015 Redskins Defense – 17th points allowed, 27th in yards allowed

    Yeah, let’s blame Kirk for Washington not making the playoffs. Had nothing to do with poor defense.

  5. Jay is ready to move forward? How are they going to do that? They just signed Alex Smith. If anything, he is just equal to Kirk. Does Jay plan on drafting a QB?

  6. “If Washington’s not a place that he wanted to be, it’s time for us to move on and get some continuity there at quarterback.”

    Don’t know what the truth is, but I love how Gruden pegs it as Kirk not wanting to be in Washington. These guys are always spinning things and protecting their backsides.

  7. Thetruthis says:
    March 2, 2018 at 7:27 am
    Cousins didn’t win anything in Washington anyway with all that money they layed at his feet. 4-19 against teams with a winning record. Finished 3rd out of 4th place in the division the last two years. A complete waste of three years for the skins.

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    Does Cousins play special teams? Does he play defense? Does he run the ball? The Skins have been sub par to horrible in all 3 facets during Cousins tenure. I do know that as soon as Cousins over took RG3 at QB 3 seasons ago all of a sudden our offensive line looked better, our receivers looked better, and we were in almost every game we played. I also know that Cousins put up pro bowl caliber numbers for 3 seasons.

  8. Best thing that could happen for the Skins is Cousins leaving. He was always a distraction and phoney about staying in Washington. He never wanted to be in DC.
    I’m glad he is gone and we can move forward. HTTR

  9. akira554 says:
    March 2, 2018 at 9:04 am
    2017: 64.3% completion, 4,093yds, 27/13 TDs/Ints, 93.9 rating
    2016: 67.0% completion, 4,917yds, 25/12 TDs/Ints, 97.2 rating
    2015: 69.8% completion, 4,166yds, 29/11 TDs/Ints, 101.6 rating

    2017 Redskins Defense – 27th points allowed, 20th in yards allowed
    2016 Redskins Defense – 20th points allowed, 27th in yards allowed
    2015 Redskins Defense – 17th points allowed, 27th in yards allowed

    Yeah, let’s blame Kirk for Washington not making the playoffs. Had nothing to do with poor defense.
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    Did the defense throw the season ending pick in week 17 against the Giants in 2016 when they had nothing to gain and the Redskins had the playoffs on the line? Did the defense throw the end zone pick to Barry Church to choke in yet another key game?

    The DEFENSE, offense, and special teams all took a beating on account of Cousins “contract cap hit” and the times he turned the ball over or kept the defense on the field all day cause he could not get it going. In most games, if the defense does not get 2 to three turn overs to give Cousins extra attempts, he LOST. All the while the truth is Cousins balls out against weak tackling teams but against the teams with winning records he sucked or lost. I mean don’t you get it that defenses get tired when their QB keeps them on the field. And Cousins did not win a game this year if the defense did not get a turnover.

    I remember the Bears game where he got all these points and yards in 2016 ( and they were bad) the defense got like 5 turnovers!!!! FIVE!!! So that gives Cousins extra attempts and easy scoring opportunities.

  10. Does Cousins play special teams? Does he play defense? Does he run the ball? The Skins have been sub par to horrible in all 3 facets during Cousins tenure. I do know that as soon as Cousins over took RG3 at QB 3 seasons ago all of a sudden our offensive line looked better, our receivers looked better, and we were in almost every game we played. I also know that Cousins put up pro bowl caliber numbers for 3 seasons.
    Your comment shows that you are watching commercials instead of the football game. Your comment is the product of an misinformed football fan. The Redskins OL is far better than it ever was for Rg3, Griffin has the same accomplishment as Kirk, Rg3 as a rookie made the pro bowl, Rg3 as a rookie took this to the playoff and Rg3 as a rookie led all QB in QB Ratings (103.5). The QB is one that gets all the glory when a team wins and takes the blame when they loss. Why should it be difference for Kirk “Choke” Cousins. In every big game against good team Kirk is 4-19, playoff game at home against a poor GB Packers defense Kirk chokes, against the Giants at home with the playoffs on the line Kirk chokes. Kirk has one pro bowl appearance only because another QB didn’t because he was injured or playing in the playoff.

    There is no way in the world that Kirk Cousins is a $100 million $$$ QB! We are talking about a QB that can’t win against the better NFL defenses, all you have to do is look at Kirk Cousins play against the Giants and Panthers. Cousins couldn’t elevate his performance on the road against a tougher Carolina Panthers and NY Giants defenses.
    With a playoff sot on the line at home Kirk layed an egg! Under Kirk Cousins the Skins squandered several golden opportunities to clinch a Wild Card berth by losing four of their past six games. Trailing 13-10 against the Giants with the ball near midfield, Cousins looked down his receiver and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie jumped the route for the takeaway to seal the deal — the Giants went on to win, 19-10. The Redskins miss the playoff because of bad QB play in a huge game at home. Why would any GM that knows football overpay Kirk Cousins at the risk sinking their salary cap. Their are too many excuses for Kirk Cousins failures as a QB, they blamed the defense, they blame the wind and they everybody else besides Kirk Cousins. Kirk Cousins is the definition of average!

  11. For those of you thinking that Kirk wanted to be in DC you are fooling yourselves. It was plainly obvious that Kirk didn’t want to be in Washington. When he didn’t counter the offer sent to him last off-season stating that it wasn’t the right time, the writing was on the wall. In fairness to him, he didn’t have great defenses to fall back on over the last 3 years with last year’s defense being the best one. He’s a good QB but Jay is right, they had to move forward because it’s difficult to have a large percentage of your cap allocated to someone you can’t project going forward. Whether Smith is better than Cousins, the same or worse, the fact they can project going forward now is actually going forward in this case because it wasn’t something they could do before.

  12. He didn’t accept your low ball offer from a year plus and you’ve offered nothing since? Yeah, he must not have wanted to be here based on that.

  13. Does Cousins play special teams? Does he play defense? Does he run the ball? The Skins have been sub par to horrible in all 3 facets during Cousins tenure. I do know that as soon as Cousins over took RG3 at QB 3 seasons ago all of a sudden our offensive line looked better, our receivers looked better, and we were in almost every game we played. I also know that Cousins put up pro bowl caliber numbers for 3 seasons.
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    Yeah? Do you also remember that is when the Redskins brought in Bill Callahan who is an offensive line guru of sorts, and Matt Cavanaugh who is a well respected accomplished QB’s coach!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And even with all that, Cousins actually was called the “turnover machine” for throwing so many picks in 2015 when Gruden initially had him playing a true pro style offense with first reads down the field which called for a lot of decision making. Did you forget? And then they put him in a “training wheels offense” my guess the idea came from Callahan or Cavanaugh (nothing Gruden would have thought of). And then Kirk Cousins became much better because he was allowed to do what Kirk does best. Short scripted passes to a TE or RB that is behind the sticks who knows the ball is coming. Kirk essentially checked down first a whole lot to develop a rhythm and move the sticks. Well average to bad teams don’t tackle very well and that was an advantage to Kirk and Jordan Reed and company. And suddenly, Kirk Cousins began to look like a QB. Even though he made the opposite reads of a true pro style offense by checking down first and then looking for the slot guy and then on rare occasions he could decide to chuck it downfield if the guy was open. That happened. Cousins used to always throw his balls short or behind the guys. Cavanaugh did help him improve in this area. But his weakness is still “off script plays”. Unfortunately, that is what good tackling teams force you to do. And that is the reason Cousins PERSONALLY has not performed well against teams with a winning record.

  14. As a result of the pathetic trade to get the old fool Alex Smith and to offload one of our best defensive players, this Redskins fan (since 1970) is going to be all over this team.

    There is no way this team will be successful – and – Jay Gruden will be gone after this season.

    We’ll soon find out how much Kirk Cousins was keeping this team afloat behind a horrific offensive line and a non-existant running game.

    Smith won’t make it through the season as he’ll end up getting pounded by the Snowflakes, the new name for the offensive line that thinks they are the second coming of the Hogs.

    Three and thirteen is the upside to this team. It could go winless.

  15. Ultraviolet Thunder says:
    March 2, 2018 at 6:51 pm
    As a result of the pathetic trade to get the old fool Alex Smith and to offload one of our best defensive players, this Redskins fan (since 1970) is going to be all over this team.
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    Kirk Cousins minions…Delusion at its finest!!!! The guy is 4-19 against teams with a winning record. With all his passing yards (between the 20’s that is) he has never had a 400 point season. His best record is 9-7. And we know what happened then. With all his passing yards, Cousins has never scored more than 29 passing TD’s. Compared to other QB’s with lots of passing yards- Peyton Manning had 50 TD’s before. These guys SCORED a lot of TD’s with their yards. There is something amiss with the QB himself he over three full years and a couple spot playing years he has beaten only 4 teams with a winning record and lost to 19 teams with a winning record.

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