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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.

Like this

Or this

 

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 writer, host, and producer for WGR Sports Radio 550 the official home of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. 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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