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Kirk Cousins isn’t great

Louie DiBiase

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There. The title of this column is pretty self-explanatory. Kurt Cousins has impressive looking stats. Oh, I meant Kirk….sorry. Consistently surpasses 4,000 yards, looks smart talking Xs and Os on TV, has really good accuracy at times. Strong resume no?

If you ask me, I see another phony playing the part of a franchise quarterback (and getting paid like one) when in actuality what we have is another regular season stat padder who hasn’t proven he can finish the job in big moments.

There is a reason Washington didn’t commit to Cousins long term, rather deciding journeyman, efficient yet restricted Alex Smith was the one to commit a multiple-year contract to.

That reason is Kirk Cousins can’t show up in big moments.

An NFL Executive even speculated this offseason that this was the exact reason why Cousins didn’t get any sort of commitment from Washington.

“I believe he is capable of doing that. The rest is fit, and I’m not going to get into whether he’s aloof and what his teammates think of him and whether that is why (Redskins president) Bruce Allen didn’t like him and called him ‘Kurt’ during his press conferences.” (From ESPN)

Say what you want about Alex Smith but at least the guy has won playoff games.

Heading into the season, Cousins was 4-19 against teams with a .500 record or above. Four wins.

Constantly in big moments, Cousins has come up short.

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How does a guy that has been to one playoff game (going 1-4 in the red zone in that game) get a fully guaranteed contract worth $84 million?

Sam Bradford gets a lot of credit for cheating the system making over $100 million dollars over his career despite never going to the playoffs.

Kirk Cousins should also be praised for the way he got Minnesota, a team one game away from the Super Bowl to believe this was the guy that would push them over the edge from a championship contender to a champion.

This is, of course, good news for Eagles fans during Vikings week as the Birds go from dealing with Marcus Mariota, one of the better late-game quarterbacks in the league, to one of the worst.

Hey, you do you Minnesota. Cousins is going to put up a lot of numbers with the offensive weapons he has this regular season. But once again this season he has proven he hasn’t yet figured out how to beat good….even decent teams in the league.

Just a shame Teddy Bridgewater got hurt. That team would be a contender for a decade.

#SKOL

Louie, an Eagles, and NFL enthusiast all his life has finally found his home to share his thousands of takes on the Philadelphia Eagles with Locked on Eagles. Louie also works in Buffalo sports radio as a producer for WGR Sports Radio 550 the official home of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres, in addition to working as the Sports Director for 91.3 FM WBNY Buffalo. He may be far from the nest, but Louie bleeds green just like the rest of Eagles Nation. Fly Eagles Fly.

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Who will the Eagles target at RB?

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Le’Veon Bell? LeSean McCoy? Tevin Coleman? The Eagles are in the hunt for a running back to replace Jay Ajayi after he suffered a torn ACL in the loss against Minnesota.

Will the Eagles go in for a star or add a rotational piece alongside Corey Clement like Spener Ware or CJ Prosise.

Louie and Gino speculate on another edition of the Locked on Eagles podcast!

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Another McCoy trade between the Eagles and Bills?

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The Eagles, in search for a running back after starter Jay Ajayi tore his ACL on Sunday against the Vikings, reportedly contacted the Bills about a potential deal for LeSean McCoy.

Would the Bills consider giving the Eagles their all-time leading rusher back? What would it take? Has McCoy lost a step?

Louie and Kevin Massare of Locked on Bills touch on everything you need to know about the Eagles-Bills trade rumors involving LeSean McCoy.

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Would the Dolphins trade the Eagles another RB?

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It was just a year ago that an Eagles team dominating the NFL wanted to put the offense over the edge by dealing for a difference maker at the running back position. That difference maker turned into Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi who fell out of favor with Head Coach Adam Gase after tensions grew with Ajayi’s role shrinking as the year went on.

The Eagles swooped in giving the Dolphins a 4th round pick and Ajayi helped lead Philadelphia to their first ever Super Bowl championship, averaging 5.8 yards per carry with the Birds.

A year later the Eagles are searching for help in the backfield with the news that Ajayi is out for the season after tearing his ACL in Sunday’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Would the Dolphins consider making a second deal with the Eagles for a running back? Preferably another young, efficient runner in Kenyan Drake that hasn’t been used by Gase?

Drake was a big reason the Dolphins were OK letting Ajayi go to Philadelphia last year. The former Alabama running back averaged almost five yards a carry in the second half of the season.

However in 2018 Drake has not been used nearly as much as a year ago. Drake has just 14 carries in the last three weeks with just 53 yards on the ground.

Frank Gore meanwhile has 10+ carries in back to back weeks.

Drake is just 24 years old and doesn’t have a big cap hit like other potential trade targets for the Eagles in Le’Veon Bell or LeSean McCoy. He is a cheaper, younger option who also possesses the vision, speed, explosive play-making ability that Bell and McCoy have.

He also could help solve the offense’s issues against the blitz with strong pass protection.

 

The Eagles could also call about Frank Gore, a former legend in Philadelphia but the Eagles would more likely go for a younger, faster back that can make game changing plays that Corey Clement or Wendell Smallwood just can’t make on a consistent basis.

Clement will still be a big part of this backfield but the Eagles need to add someone like Drake to keep this offense dangerous in both the pass game and run game.

Carson Wentz has thrown a lot in his first three starts this year and while the passing game should be the focal point of the offense, the Eagles need to have a legitimate run game that was extremely important in the Super Bowl win last year (Blount, Ajayi, Clement combined for over 200 scrimmage yards in the Super Bowl).

If Miami was willing to deal, Drake could be a great option.

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