Dec 30, 2014, 6:12 AM EDT
Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, December 30, 121 days before the first round of the 2015 NFL draft.
Three and out—Cousins’ future in Washington
1. Yesterday was another lesson in how “news” can get bent out of shape. What started out as a small group of reporters chatting with Kirk Cousins about where how he thought 2015 would go morphed into Internet headlines that he “demanded” a trade. I was there, he never did any such thing. He did say that it would be a difficult situation for him to deal with if he didn’t have a chance to compete with Robert Griffin III. But the word “trade” or anything like it never came out of his mouth. Be careful about basing anything on tweets and headlines.
2. The Redskins PR staff got Cousins on a conference call with reporters and he said that he was happy in Washington, that he hadn’t demanded anything, and that he’ll deal with whatever comes his way. Stories with what Cousins said were posted. Still, several hours later, a Google search for Cousins showed dozens of links to the inaccurate stories and scant mention of posts on what actually happened. Winston Churchill had the perfect quote for the situation: “A lie get halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”
3. The question wasn’t in reference to this particular incident but Jay Gruden did say, ““I didn’t expect it quite to be this crazy,” when asked about the media scrutiny the Redskins get. Although I am well familiar with how much attention the team gets, I have to say I was surprised by how fast the Cousins “story” spread. The guy ended the year as, essentially, the third-string quarterback on a 4-12 team, a former fourth-round pick and every site you can think of from NFL.com to PFT to Deadspin has headlines on Cousins’ “demand”. Seriously?
Out: This little incident aside, it will be interesting to see how the next year unfolds for Cousins. You could make a case that he should get a shot at being the starting quarterback. He does have some issues to iron out but so do Griffin and McCoy (who is not under contract for next year). I’ll break down some numbers over the next few weeks but it seems that the Redskins moved the ball more consistently with Cousins taking the snaps then he did when either of the other two were behind center.
—Today’s schedule: No media availability
—Days until: 2015 NFL Draft 121; 2015 NFL season opening Sunday 257
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