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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 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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Maddox Mania

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It was Avonte Maddox Mania around Eagles Nation after the 30-23 upset victory in LA. The rookie was a main reason the Eagles season is still alive. Who else is trending upward after LA? Who’s stock took a hit?

Louie dives into how the Eagles can do damage in a surprisingly underwhelming NFC conference, where Maddox will lineup in the secondary next year, and brings you our weekly “Stock Up, Stock Down” segment on the Locked on Eagles podcast!

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From dog masks to ski masks

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With the season on the line, on the road, against one of the best teams in the NFL, Nick Foles and the Eagles kept their playoff hopes alive with a 30-23 victory against the Rams.

How was Jim Schwartz able to hold one of the top offenses in the league to 23 points?

How does Nick Foles keep pulling off the impossible?

Will he be the guy the rest of the reason including perhaps playoffs?

Louie and Gino break down the memorable victory over the Rams.

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No easy way out

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By Lars Lewis

 

The term ‘No Easy Way Out’ refers to a song by Robert Tepper from a famous movie involving a couple key factors that relate to what was witnessed Sunday night in Los Angeles.

 

One factor, a fighter from Philadelphia whose back is against the wall and senses the walls closing in as he encounters the other factor, a cyborg-like monster who has wiped out essentially any sort of defense that’s faced him.

 

Yes, there was a lot of Rocky IV in this game and I’ll explain why.

 

It seemed the Eagles, who had once again called upon their Rocky Balboa in Nick Foles, longed for one more puncher’s chance against a foe that could certainly put away their faint playoff hopes for good.

 

We’re not indestructible,

Baby better get that straight

I think it’s unbelievable

How you give into the hands of fate

 

So you figured out the first piece of the puzzle, but what about that certain monster who loomed so large over Rocky physically but also mentally?

 

Yeah, that was Ivan Drago, and Sean McVay fits him to a tee.

 

I mean think about it. Blonde, spiky hair, blue eyes, chiseled face, and a borderline unfair amount of gifts both possess(ed). Drago’s superhuman power and technique coincides with McVay’s absurd memory that teeters between scary and let’s face it, rather annoying.

 

Doug Pederson, following the highest of highs last season when he beat Lord Palpa…err I mean Bill Belichick in the Super Bowl, has never faced the kind of scrutiny the way he’s had this year and especially leading into the game Sunday.

 

I see all the angry faces

Afraid that could be you and me

Talkin about what might have been

I’m thinkin about what I used to be

 

When it got to game time in the L.A. Coliseum, just like Rocky when he walked to the ring in Moscow, the Eagles knew they were fueled by a burning desire set ablaze through a heartbreaking defeat in Dallas coinciding with Rocky’s loss of Apollo in the film.

Foles throughout the first three quarters resembled the Foles we all saw on that fateful February night, hitting Alshon Jeffrey for big gains, moving it up and down the field and consistently getting into the red-zone to allow his trio of running backs to do their damage.

 

“You see he’s not a machine! He’s a man!” Tony “Duke” Evers

 

The Rams as the Chicago Bears proved last week, are indeed human and Foles, along with a sterling performance from Jim Schwartz’ defense for most of the night, has assured Rocko one more round as they play Houston and then close the season in D.C for maybe, just maybe, a second shot at the title.

 

Because…

 

There’s no easy way out there’s no shortcut home

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