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Redskins Audible, Take QB Kirk Cousins

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 28, 2012 – 12:40 pm

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Show me the NFL “expert” that predicted this draft class for the Redskins.

Going into the weekend, most NFL minds predicted that the Redskins would upgrade the quarterback position with Robert Griffin III.  No one could have estimated that the Redskins would totally remodel their quarterback position, by adding Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Cousin’s intrigue with the Redskins coaching staff was surely solidified with an outstanding performance against Shanahan’s South Team at the 2012 Senior Bowl.  Cousin’s appeared polished, and made all the throws necessary to move up the draft board.

It will be interesting to see what head coach Mike Shanahan has to say about taking a second quarterback in lieu of addressing other obvious needs.  It will also be interesting to see how recently selected quarterback RG3 responds to the addition of KC1.

Here’s a snippet from Pro Football Weekly’s interview of Cousins at the Senior Bowl:


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34 Responses to “Redskins Audible, Take QB Kirk Cousins”

  1. By Hunter Presnell on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    WHY? This is a bad choice. We have a lot more need than a second quarterback, we just got RG3. There were still really good player on the board that will be gone by our 5th round pick. #SODUMB

  2. By ACDC on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    What the —- is Mike and Kyle smoking or thinking. We went threw all this to get RGIII, then you decide to go with Cousins. Why not just keep your picks and get Cousins down the line. I can name at lease (20) other players we could have drafted that would have made more sense. Any o-lineman could have been a good pick. Right after I get season tickets these stupid idiots go make bone head decisions and act like this is a joke or something. Mike shows me he hates our origination. Who does he work for Jerry Jone? Tell me this is joke? Seriously! I’m starting to think someone is hiring guys and paying them more money to kill us.

  3. By Kevin on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    WHY??? This continues the decision making that’s left us disappointed and wanting more out of DC… There are more pressing needs that 2 draft picks on Qb’s. You gave up a ton for RG3 and you waste a pick on another QB. JEESH!!!

  4. By mac on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    apparently the skins are not concerned with protecting the qb. if the 2nd round draft pick wasn’t enought then we shouldn’t have given up the house to get him and then draft another qb after him. why don’t we get what we need.

  5. By mac on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    i apologize mistake the 2nd pick of the first round. i am not understanding this move at all.

  6. By mac3dog on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Wasted pick, should’ve gotten the tackle from Mississippi St. hopefully they’ll be trading Cousins for players.

  7. By rolf mowatt-larssen on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    I like the pick. The Redskins went best available because they felt Cousins could become a quality NFL starting QB. You can’t pass that up at this point in the draft. Moreover, in the NFL today, you can’t count on your starter to play 16 games – especially if he’s a highly athletic QB like RGIII playing in a dynamic scheme who will take off and run from time to time. You need a backup who can – knock on wood – guide the team into the playoffs if your main man goes down. I’d like the Skins go with RG3 as the starter and Cousins as his back up from day one. No offense meant, but Rex Grossman has shown he is not the guy to take you into the playoffs. And if everything goes the way you hope, down the line you have developed a player that has real value in a trade. Kirk Cousins probably doesn’t feel the love today, but I have a hunch he’ll be happy the Redskins drafted him.

  8. By windmillwheeler on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Redskin fans will be very happy with Cousins!! He is a class young man with great work ethics, great leadership, and impressive athletic skills. He comes from a very solid family and a great high school ( my high school) in Holland Michigan where he won a state chamipioship. His career at Michigan State speaks for itself….a winner !! Remember that Cousins is one snap ( serious injury to RGIII ) from being your MAN.

  9. By David Grant on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Great just what we need, a quarterback controversy before anyone has thrown a pass. Just another typical bonehead Redskins move

  10. By michael on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    If they plan on developing Cousins to trade him for picks later fine. I really don’t believe he’s gonna be happy as a back up so whats the plan ? RG3 is our guy and yes we need a back up but can the two co exist in these roles ?

  11. By Crenshaw on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Cousins ia a ‘Character Guy”. There is no controversy; Griffin is the future. Cousins could bring the team future picks if he develops into a bonafide NFL starter.

  12. By David W on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with Rolf Larrsen above, Cousins is a top quality person.. great work ethics and no injuries.. His attitude fits well with the Shannies.. RGIII is injury prone.. Rex and Beck not the choice long term or for back up.. However I do agree they should have gone after Oline players, this is not a bad pick to set your self up for next year..Just have to see how everything goes.. It also puts pressure on RGIII to perform. He knows he can beat out Rex.. but how will he do with another college rookie.. ???

  13. By David W on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    And I forgot to add, Tom Brady was a 6 round 199 pick..I think…and look at how he developed… and I really believe Cousins might be another Tom Brady.. and that is why the Skins took him.. instead of waiting..

  14. By Leonard on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    We need to get WR Marvin Mcnutt from Iowa with the 193rd pick. He’s a proven beast 6’4 215lbs. Perfect outside receiver for us.

  15. By Deesy on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    I watched Gruden’s interviews and was impressed by four guys: Luck, RGIII, Kurt C. and Russell (I’m from Wisconsin) and these four impressed me the most in terms of their maturity and understanding of the game. I think the Redskins have two of the best quarterbacks available and the positive I take out of the decision to take KC is that the management is definitely insuring that the Redskins are going to be Winners far into the future come “hell or highwater”. I kinda feel a little sad for Cousins, but then Rodgers set behind Favre for a long time as did Ryan behind Rodgers. So I hope RG III remains fit and healthy and meets the expectations we all have for him, but if Kurt follows in the path of Ryan I suspect he will have his chance too. In any case I’m glad that there is a great plan B to insure continued success. Kurt doesn’t seem to be ready to step in right now, but I think we will have the best 1, 2 punch in the league. Hail Redskins!

  16. By CaptMisket on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    No controversy here. Can trade in future or backup to RG3. Need a good backup. Gross an not the guy he wasnt at Miami at Florida at Chicago now not at dc.

  17. By mike brown on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Stupid.

  18. By RG3NEEDTOYS on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    What the heck was this pick about. Why do this to RG3 after all the fuss to acquire him. Smh, instead of getting peices to help RG3 succeed u draft another QB. If u didn’t believe in him, why spend the cheese to move up and acquire him. This is unheard of, if it was back to back WR, or any other position i could understand. Only 1 QB on the feild at a time, can someone help me out with this one please.

  19. By Dre on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    What does this say to your new franchise QB RG3 ??
    What does this say to Counsins??

    The minute the Washington media gets a hold to Cousins he’s goign to be on record saying that he’s here to compete for the starting job.. and then another QB controversey before RG3 even hits the field!

    Just when I thought the Shanahans had it together they go and do something stupid once again! They treat this QB situation like its Jake Plummer and Brian Griesie.. Man this is RG3!! Its not an experiement to test QBs we have the REAL DEAL!! But here’s the 22 million dollar question. If Shanahan had drafted Andrew Luck would they have drafted Cousins too????? THINK ABOUT IT!!

  20. By TR on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Kirk was a good pick that we needed. any body is better than Grossman and Beck.

  21. By billy tran on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    ROOKIE QB POSITION IS NOT A SURE THING WHEN IT COMES TO DRAFTING THEM. ITS A HIT OR MISS GAMBLE. WE ALL HOPE RGIII IS THE ONE SO TWO IS BETTER THEN ONE EVEN IF IT MEANS WE HAVE TO SPEND AN EXTRA DRAFT PICK FOR THAT, ALL THESE SO CALL EXPERTS THINK THEY KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT HOW A QB SHOULD BE TO BE AN ELITE PRO QB BUT THEY FORGOT ONE THING ‘INSTINCT’BACK IN THE DAY WHEN TOM BRADY WAS STILL IN COLLEGE I WATCHED HIM A FEW TIMES AND MY INSTINCT TO ME THAT THIS GUY IS A PRO QB, I WAS HOPING WE DRAFT HIM BUT WE DIDNT. SO AFTER ALL THESE YEARS AND WE’RE STILL LOOKING FOR A QB.WHAT THE HECK IF THEY HIRED ME MINIMUM WAGE I COULD HAVE FOUND A QB FOR THEM MANY YEARS AGO. I JUST HOPE WE DONT HAVE TO SEARCH FOR A QB ANY MORE. IF THIS DRAFT DONT WORKED OUT I THINK I WILL GO TO MR DANIEL SNYDER AND APPLY FOR A SCOUTING JOB.

  22. By Matthew Roman on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    This is a fine pick. We obviously need depth at the QB position, Cousins is a good prospect, and I am happy we got rid of Beck (sorry, John)

  23. By Pennman on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Skins fans were complaining last yr about having 2 bad QB’s…..now we draft two QB’s and people are complaining. In the NFL today, your better have 2 QB’s….do you really want to see Grossman again!! RGIII will be the man..and he can handle Cousins as a backup.

  24. By Cmehustle on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Great pick by the Redskins, great pick. Oh wait they already drafted a QB? In the first round??? Terrible pick Redskins, terrible pick!

  25. By marknati on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Lets not get crazy here we found out last that Beck can not play and was making more money than this kid will get and next year we can get rid of Grossman and save even more money. And you need a good back up with a running QB.

  26. By chris williams on Apr 29, 2012 | Reply

    This was dumb.. I can already here the play cousins chants after RGIII looks terribad because the offensive line is in shambles… RGIII running for his life like Vick last year and of course gets hurt. bring in Cousins he wins a few now we have more drama for years to come who should be the Starter ! just TErribad Move all around

  27. By Allen on Apr 29, 2012 | Reply

    KC was probably taken with the strategy of taking the best available player. He’s a nice pickup, but I have to feel sorry for him at least a little. At best, he’ll probably start the season on the practice squad. If Shanahan continues his tradition of carrying only two QBs on the main roster, the spots are essentially guaranteed to RG3 and Rex Grossman. Now I’m not saying Kirk Cousins would be starting if he went somewhere else, but for his sake, it might have been nicer to go to a team where he had a chance of going into the season as a #2 or #3 QB.

  28. By sidman on Apr 29, 2012 | Reply

    with beck gone now rex hopefuly gone next year,we should have two good qbs!! and they asked RG3 yesterday about cousins he said he is good friends with him.RG3 knows he will be the starter period!!!

  29. By 007 on Apr 29, 2012 | Reply

    Well they had to have depth at QB. Better sooner thsn later. One year up on the learning curve come next year. We’ll muddle through once again on the o-line, but i really like TOM COMPTON.

    The two guards….meh. Needed and we’ll see. With the two guards picks I believe they don’t think CORY LICHTENSTEIGER will be back anytime soon. I never did. That was a career-ending injury for most o-linemen.

    The UFA center is the essential piece to supplant ERIK COOK in my opionin. I’m not saying he WILL, just that it’s needed.

    think they took KIRK COUSINS simply because C PHILLIP BLAKE went off the board with pick # 101. Must have really frosted their grapes.

  30. By Eric Joslyn on Apr 29, 2012 | Reply

    I appreciate that some of you revere Mr Cousins. But he hasnt won more college football games than anyone else. We’ve overlooked the best QB in the draft from hype. Now we have three that haven’t proven they can win big games.

  31. By marcia on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Class act. You couldn’t have picked a more dedicated, hard working young man, We all love him.

  32. By dutchnblue on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Man i thought Redskin fans were smarter than this. You need 2 QB’s in this league it is a good pick.

  33. By rolf mowatt-larssen on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Another factor to ponder in assessing the merits of drafting a strong back up QB to RG3: over the past two NFL seasons, only 44% of teams had a single QB start all 16 games. 12 starters in 2010 played all 16 games. 18 starters in 2011 played all 16 games. Statistically, there is a good chance your back up is going to play in meaningful snaps. Further study would probably reveal some other telling statistics, such as correlation between QBs that run often, and those who are primarily pocket QBs; quality of pass protection; experience level (experience correlates to staying out of “trouble” by holding ball too long, trying to make acrobatic plays, and the like); and offensive style/scheme. Finally, it’d be intriguing to look at when most injuries occur during the season as to whether there is a correlation with fatigue , weather and other seasonal factors. But in Skins case, I can guarantee you that in today’s NFL, it makes a load of sense to buy an insurance policy in the form of a potential starting QB back up – so we don’t have to wait two more decades to win of something were to happen to RG3.

  34. By jim w on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    I can see getting cousiins ,they dumped Beck and you know grossman cant carry the team. so yea we need a #2 QB

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