After seeing the smiles on the faces of many Redskins fans after this past week’s brilliant performance by Kirk Cousins, we saw that many Redskins fans, including myself, hate RGIII so much, and love Kirk Cousins. I think that this is a good move for this team, and we seem to be moving in a positive direction in all facets and positions, but I think that coach Jay Gruden needs to think about who he should have starting at the quarterback come Week 1.
So, RGIII or Kirk Cousins?
RGIII going to the locker room has been the image that every Redskins fan has been remembering for his entire NFL career so far. However, with Kirk Cousins, we’ve had great success. So, at least know that the 2012 Draft wasn’t a total waste for us. Anyways, there are upsides and downsides to each of these QBs. The upsides for RGIII are he has great arm strength and speed, and the downsides are that he gets injured without any apparent contact (he got a concussion, and his head was not anywhere near touching the ground), he takes hits, he cannot run without fumbling, he cannot read a defense, and he cannot throw the ball at all. For Cousins, there are MANY upsides and some downsides. His upsides are that he can throw the ball accurately; he can throw the ball deep, he can run out of pressure calmly, he can avoid hits, he knows when to take hits, he can run well, and he can throw LOTS of touchdowns. The downsides are that he does not have the speed that RGIII possesses, and Jay Gruden has trusted RGIII too much, which has meant a lack of snaps for Cousins in the Jay Gruden offensive system.
Who Is Better For Jay Gruden?
Now, this is actually a harder question than it seems because Gruden was the coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, and his quarterback, Andy Dalton, was a guy who had crazy arm strength, like RGIII, and turned Dalton and wide receiver AJ Green into one of the league’s best receiver. Cousins and RGIII are in a tight battle for this, but I think that Cousins should be the one leading the offense.
Who Should Be The Starter For The ‘Skins?
Kirk Cousins should be the starter, and there should be no debate about that. Last week basically sealed the case, because even if RGIII didn’t get injured he would have only had 8 YARDS PASSING ON 4 POSSESSIONS! THAT’S TERRIBLE! Cousins, on the other hand, had 93 yards on 8-12 passing on 3 possessions. Another big key will be the running game of the Redskins, because this team will be one of the best rushing teams in the league, and their defense is great, so lots of pressure will be taken off of Cousins. Now, RGIII’s shoulder injury isn’t serious, but the concussion could keep him out of next week’s preseason showdown against the Baltimore Ravens. Cousins has consistently shown that he can grow and adapt in any offensive system, and at the end of the day, he is going to be the one to deliver the Redskins a victory.