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Need to Know: Who starts–and who finishes–2015 at QB for the Redskins?

Mar 6, 2015, 5:00 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Friday, March 6, four days before the Washington Redskins and the rest of the NFL start free agency.

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Question of the day

Every day I’ll give an in-depth answer to a question submitted by a fan on my Twitter feed, via the Real Redskins Facebook page, or in the comments section here. On Twitter address the questions to me at @Rich_TandlerCSN with the #NTK hashtag. There will be a comment thread set up on the Facebook page and if you’re asking your question here, put “for NTK” at the start of the comment.

Today’s question is from Twitter:

It’s a good time to do this since we got reports saying that Kirk Cousins will be back in 2015 and Colt McCoy will not.

But let’s take it a little farther here. Let’s look at who will be behind center in Week 1, in the middle of the season and for the season finale.

We’ll do what we did when discussing the offensive line yesterday. I have a hypothetical $100 in chips to put on each of the three milestone games we’re talking about here and I’ll put down some of them on each of the possibilities to start at QB. How would I divide up the chips? Here is how my crystal ball shows it right now.

Week 1: Robert Griffin III $85, Kirk Cousins $10, the field $5—Griffin gets the snaps with the first team in OTAs, training camp, and the preseason. It’s hard for me to see him losing the job in that period of time. But if he does look as shaky during training camp practice and as bad in the preseason as he did last year, Cousins could get the nod for the season opener.

Week 8: Griffin $60, Cousins $35, the field $5—I think Gruden will give Griffin a moderately quick hook if he is taking too many sacks and not throwing the ball in rhythm. That would give Cousins a chance to show that he has overcome his turnover issues, assuming that he displayed some improvement in camp and in the preseason. I’m more confident than not that Griffin can show enough improvement to stay behind center but it’s certainly not a slam-dunk. If both Griffin and Cousins are struggling I still that the odds are slim that the third QB, whether he’s a veteran free agent or a draft pick, would be called upon at this point.

Week 17: Griffin $45, Cousins $35, the field $20—Injuries play into this all along but they really are big here because Griffin has never played 16 games (due to injuries two seasons and being “deactivated” in 2013). At this point in the season the “field” QB could be in the lineup to see if he can be the presumptive starter in 2016. Again, I’m fairly confident that Griffin can play well enough to keep the job but at this point in the season the smart thing to do is hedge the bets.

In terms of looking at it right now, who starts the season at QB is the more important consideration. But for the long term of the franchise, who finishes this season will answer more questions.


—It’s been 68 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 191 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL free agency starts 5; Redskins offseason workouts start 45; 2015 NFL Draft 55

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  1. skinsgame - Mar 6, 2015 at 5:10 AM

    If history is any indicator, Griffin will play ok in one game but otherwise awful. He’ll then get hurt and Cousins take the reigns. And then it will be week 4.

    • timwillhidetimwillhide - Mar 6, 2015 at 8:29 AM

      Then Cousins will throw 10 interceptions and get benched again for turnovers. Then it will be week 7

      • Rich Tandler - Mar 6, 2015 at 9:54 AM

        Serious question, Tim. How are we supposed to believe that Griffin will fix his issues with getting rid of the ball but Cousins won’t fix his with the turnovers?

        > > >

        • Stephfan - Mar 6, 2015 at 9:57 AM

          Both issues can be fixed..

        • realfan82 - Mar 6, 2015 at 12:25 PM

          I think he’s saying we’re screwed either way. I hope not. I don’t care if Frankenstein is playing qb. I just want to get in the w column

        • timwillhidetimwillhide - Mar 6, 2015 at 12:47 PM

          Rich what I saw was no time to get rid of the ball. Olinemen were getting pushed back on the QB from the snap Also the ball will come out with better understanding of an offense. Their were also times nobody was open within those 2.8 seconds. I feel with a better understanding of the Offense being his second year and an improved oline that will give more time for receivers to get open and the QB not worried about getting sacked the ball will come out. The ball came out fine when he had time. Cousins has bin making bad throws. Nobody could ever fix Grossmans interceptions I dont see that as being fixable. Since Cousins got Drafted every game he has bin in hes had an extremely high amount of passes bounce of a defenders hands this isn’t a problem that just showed up last year its bin happening the only difference is defenders started to catch some of them thrown right to them..

        • timwillhidetimwillhide - Mar 6, 2015 at 12:54 PM

          Just so everyone knows Im not Bias I just see some really bad passes High infront low behind and passes bouncing off of defenders hands at a extremely high rate from Cousins from the get go. Ive always stated these things since I got to see him play for us when he was Drafted I knew nothing about him coming in and thought it was a great move because we needed QB Depth. After seeing him play is when I went sour on him and feel he has accuracy and decision issues that arent fixable.

        • timwillhidetimwillhide - Mar 6, 2015 at 1:05 PM

          I also feel like the GM that you dont give up on a guy with that much talent that won you a Division Title that early. You fix the Offensive line and put him in a better situation to succeed. FYI Ive always thought the Gruden hire was bad and we should have stayed with the Shannahans or got someone more suited to Coach to RG3s talents than Gruden. Like Art Briles, Chris Ault, the Oregon Coach, or The Missouri coach.

    • skinsgame - Mar 7, 2015 at 3:42 AM

      When Griffin dislocated his ankle last year, it had nothing to do with the O line. How does that get fixed? I’m not rooting against Griffin just because I can admit he’s been prone to injury. I want him to kill it. I want him to be awesome. I’m just saying, if history is any indicator, he won’t be. I didn’t say anything about Cousins except that he’ll likely be the starter by week 4.

      • hcicron - Mar 7, 2015 at 6:02 AM

        Full disclosure here. I love RG3. My son’s first jersey is RG3. I don’t understand why people are so quick to discount Cousins for what amounts to staring down recievers but give RG3 the benefit of doubt because of poor oline and receiver play. They both played behind same line and throwing to same recievers. Could the argument not be made then that Cousins was hurrying passes to covered receivers?

        • skinsgame - Mar 7, 2015 at 10:04 AM

          Right? I’ve been called “hater” more times than I care to remember, as if I want Griffin to stink. I have a Griffin jersey as well. Apparently, if you can be intellectually honest or even if you say what you see with your eyeballs, you’re a hater. Ridiculous.

      • timwillhidetimwillhide - Mar 7, 2015 at 10:07 AM

        I don’t believe anyone is injury prone. Do some players get multiple injuries over their careers yes but I think its just so happens that they were in situations where they where injured injuries are gonna happen in this sport some are just luckier than others. Any player can be hurt at any moment. RG3 could go the reast of his career without being injured or Day 1 a Olinemen can get pushed back on top of him and tear his ACL or break a bone a 300+lb guy falling on you can cause damage or do nothing its just a matter of happenstance.

  2. Stephfan - Mar 6, 2015 at 6:11 AM

    Everyone have faith in a turnover machine like cousins is funny… I hope rg3 wins and keeps the job if not we will be getting a new qb next year. But I’m hopeing that rg3 can step up. I’m tired of cousins turning the ball over

  3. Stephfan - Mar 6, 2015 at 6:12 AM

    But let’s see how it plays out

  4. troylok - Mar 6, 2015 at 7:17 AM

    I am sure I will get a lot of heat for this, but let me put it out there. I think Cousins’ turnover problems are going to be easier to fix than RG3’s hesitance in the pocket. Gruden wants a pocket passer and RG3 has to make that transition, which I don’t think is an easy thing when you’ve gotten to this point by using your legs. Frankly, I think it’s a bad move to make a QB with RG3’s legs into a pocket passer but that is clearly what Gruden is trying to do. If the team used him like Seattle uses Wilson it would be a different story, but it doesn’t seem like Gruden is going to make any adaptations to his offense.

    Conversely, Cousins turnover problems were more about throwing off his back foot when defenders were baring down on him and occasionally mis-reading the defense. Both are correctable. Cousins throws a more accurate deep ball which is a better fit with a receiver like Desean Jackson and he was a pocket passer coming out of college.

    • timwillhidetimwillhide - Mar 6, 2015 at 7:30 AM

      In every game Cousins has played for for the Redskins I’ve seen the ball either intercepted or bounce off the defenders hand a scary amount of times thats not fixable. Why people dont remember watching this is beyond me.

    • mr.moneylover - Mar 6, 2015 at 7:39 AM

      Out of college kirk cousins had a problem with turning the ball over then…heres the scary part about starting kirk cousins…if kirk cousins get the start and throw a INT you gotta be scared about him losing his confidence then what you gonna turn back to rg3 when those first team reps couldve went to him…we had a QB circus last year with all three QBs jay gruden wont let that happen again

    • bangkokben - Mar 6, 2015 at 10:14 AM

      How are Cousins problems (throwing off the wrong foot when facing pressure, forcing the ball to a per-determined spot more easily correctable? When pressure comes you’re going to revert to pre-programming. The Tennessee game is what happens when Cousins changes who is his. Now if Griffin wasn’t on the roster you could live with an indecisive Cousins and his growing pains or with a decisive gun-slinging Cousins as long as he could put away the mea culpas and bounce back. Andrew Luck is a turnover machine but he always bounces back. Luck has multiple games where he has won despite turning the ball over three times or more. But Griffin is on the roster and at this point still has a higher ceiling. Both quarterbacks have serious flaws in their game which require hard work. Griffin gets the most reps and therefore the best opportunity to improve.

      • Stephfan - Mar 6, 2015 at 10:53 AM

        If all your saying is griffin can’t fix his problems then neither will cousins. And don’t ever try to compare coins in and luck? Luck is a far better qb than cousin will ever be

        • bangkokben - Mar 6, 2015 at 11:51 AM


  5. goback2rfk - Mar 6, 2015 at 7:28 AM

    RG3 is the man in DC for at least the next 5 years.. Why cant anyone see that. He is not going anywhere.
    Rob is the most talented QB the Skins have seen in the last 20 years

    • mr.moneylover - Mar 6, 2015 at 7:45 AM

      Agree, he give us the best chance to win now even scot M. Said before we so quick to judge rg3 lets build around him first…Seattle Seahawks went to the playoffs two or straight years before they got the QB they needed and russell wilson dont throw as much because he got a solid running back who is good at pass protection and running the ball something alfred morris struggle to do

    • MC12 - Mar 6, 2015 at 7:59 AM

      Oh come now. Shuler, Freese, et al. are not much competition. Can’t read from the pocket after three years!? Still so very indecisive!? I hope you are right but reality says this guy will be gone after this year and we are back to square one.

  6. mr.moneylover - Mar 6, 2015 at 7:30 AM

    I think rg3 lose his job by the end of training camp and kirk cousins get the first team reps in pre-season….jay gruden liked kirk cousins before kirk cousins basically lost confidents in his game and start throwing INTs….I think kirk cousins coming into this season on a mission to take rg3 job away from him but rg3 the only QB showed he can win games when he healthy so this QB competition is a toss up…kirk cousins showed he can throw for 1 touchdown a game and thats about it rg3 can put up 23 points a game…I love the fact that jay gruden name rg3 the starting QB that way he can have the confidence and pussure to come in and practice at a level and they will have kirk cousins coming in tryna change they mind….its a win win for both sides

  7. sidepull - Mar 6, 2015 at 7:59 AM

    Who knows who will be the finisher? Until I see otherwise, until this organization proves that Danny is not calling the shots on the starter, then it is anybody’s guess. Basically if Dan is not making the decision then I say the finisher will be whoever steps up and seizes the position by the throat. Win games. Just win games. A musical chairs approach is not going to produce a franchise qb. I want to see franchise QB as the goal rather than who finishes.

  8. Stephfan - Mar 6, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Everyone acts like the problem is griffin. Let’s start with the fact that our Oline has been horrible since shannahan got here. Lastly let’s not forget the defense as a whole has been horrendous. It does matter who starts! If we can’t fix those problems what chance do we really have?

  9. dcfaninecuador - Mar 6, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Give the Skins Seattle’s oline and then maybe Bob can play like Russell (who, btw, is a game manager, not a game changer).

    • Rich Tandler - Mar 6, 2015 at 9:57 AM

      The Seattle O-line is pretty bad, by the way. Right on par with the Redskins.

      • timwillhidetimwillhide - Mar 6, 2015 at 1:11 PM

        And they still run the Pistol, Read Option, Bootleg, Shotgun, and Wilson runs all over the place back there to cover up for that line all things the Skins dont do. The coach just keeps calling plays like we have the best Oline in the league.

    • bangkokben - Mar 6, 2015 at 9:59 AM

      None of this is true. Seattle’s o-line is their weakest unit on the field. Wison gets sacked a ton and is waaaay more than a game manager. People were saying the same thing about Tom Brady his first three seasons in the league. Bob can’t play like Wilson because he is nothing like Wilson – the only thing they do the same is take too many steps on a seven step drop; more like nine but Wilson can elude the rush like Tony Romo. Griffin can only outrun them and occasionally break a tackle except we haven’t seen him outrun guys from the pocket with any regularity like in 2012. Wilson is also keeping his eyes down field; Griffin once he sees the rush is no longer looking down field.

      • Stephfan - Mar 6, 2015 at 10:06 AM

        His name isnt bob it’s Robert why don’t you use it hater. All you do is bash griffin on every post, it’s annoying.. When Kirk leaves and rg3 is still here I bet you’ll still find ways to bash him. Both of them are good not great qb’s in the league. Neither one of them are great but one of them has done better things for the redskins. Like win 7 games straight, win the division, beat Dallas and other NFC east rivals, won rookie of the year, throws less int’s, etc what has Kirk done for us? Beside win one game against the browns and two relief games? Stop holding cousins up like he is the best qb on the roster when he isn’t! Facts are facts

        • bangkokben - Mar 6, 2015 at 10:24 AM

          I’ve never bashed BOB (a nickname for Robert). I’ve expressed criticism on his game and my observations. I have bashed you and for that I apologize.

          Serious question: Where have I bashed Griffin? Where in the post that you are responding to have I bashed Griffin? You continue to spout hopeful proclamations that Cousins will be gone despite Rich’s reports and multiple others. You declared that I had false information when I mentioned the coaches ‘liking’ Cousins, yet this was right here on Real Redskins yesterday. Where’s your basis for Cousins being gone?

        • Stephfan - Mar 6, 2015 at 11:04 AM

          They said they liked Kirk last year! Not this upcoming season? If that was the case he would’ve been named the starter or at least go a chance to throw his hat in the ring. But he didn’t because the team believes in rg3 or else he wouldn’t start. They believe they have a better chance to win with griffin than Kirk. Also by saying what someone can’t do and constant criticism of someone is a form of bashing sir

        • bangkokben - Mar 6, 2015 at 11:28 AM

          This is the very last time I respond to you. You apparently didn’t read Rich’s article on McCoy about him not being here because the ‘skins are keeping Cousins. You may continue to connect whatever dots you see to get you through the day.

          This from John Kiem’s post on March 4 at 2:20 PM (oh btw, this year!)
          “Yes, Griffin was named the starter entering 2015, but how long that lasts remains uncertain. He’ll have to look good to keep that job. And if he hangs onto the job entering the season, I would not be surprised to see a quick hook. As I’ve written a few times, the coaches do like Cousins and there was a sense he got a raw deal last season (which suggests to me that not all the moves were of the coaches’ doing). But if Griffin plays well, then the coaches would be thrilled. His talent is high; he just needs to play better.”

          Cut and paste the link above for the full story.

        • Stephfan - Mar 6, 2015 at 12:56 PM

          Lol I read that article and just because he says it doesn’t mean it’s true? Of course the coaches are going to claim that they like cousins. But is he starting? No, did Kirk get another chance last no. No one from the front office has came out and publiclly said anything other than rg3 is the starter. That’s facts.

  10. renhoekk2 - Mar 6, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    It’s funny how people will use the OL and bad defense or coaching scheme as excuses for Griifin’s struggles, but Cousin’s struggles are because he’s not any good. I hope people eventually realize logic dictates that what affects one QB affects the other. Either both played poorly because of other factors or both played poorly because they are not very good. It’s impossible for it to be any other way. They are both playing for the same exact team, with the exact same players and coaches.

    • ET - Mar 6, 2015 at 1:30 PM

      Cousins clearly has his issues, but the difference in sack totals and percentage of sacks v. total snaps is very telling. Robert simply holds on to the ball too long too much of the time. Worse, however, is his seeming inability to make it through his reads quickly and gracefully. That’s the worrisome aspect of Robert’s game.

      • redskinsinrichmondva - Mar 6, 2015 at 1:59 PM

        Griffin played only six full starts in an offense that uses more traditional dropback passing than he’s been accustomed to so far in his college and NFL career.

        It’s interesting how some NFL QBs, analysts, and fans claim (or brag) that quarterbacking is such a tough position to play, especially dropback passing. Why are some posters so surprised, then, that a QB who hasn’t had a ton of experience as a traditional dropback QB is still adjusting to playing traditional dropback QB?

        • bangkokben - Mar 6, 2015 at 2:16 PM

          As to Griffin’s experience in a traditional dropback offense and the Griffin naysayers, there appears to be three categories:

          1) They don’t believe that he actually doesn’t have experience.
          2) They don’t believe his lack of experience is relative to his inadequate play.

          3) They don’t care and don’t have the patience to see him developed.

        • redskinsinrichmondva - Mar 6, 2015 at 4:51 PM

          Good post. I can’t imagine why 1) is a tenable position, not with the available reports from current and former coaches that suggest Griffin is green when it comes to traditional dropback passing. And 2) also doesn’t make sense. Sure, being a great dropback QB requires more than just having experience playing dropback QB; but I can’t imagine how it wouldn’t be at least one significant factor in performance.

          So that leaves 3). And it’s the only reason you listed that makes sense, especially given the “winning-starved” Redskins fanbase.

        • bangkokben - Mar 6, 2015 at 5:14 PM

          I remember having a ‘conversation’ about this last year with someone on here and he was insistent that Griffin being in his 3rd year had plenty of time to learn how to be a good NFL QB and that it was time to move on. Kept saying how he’s been in the league three years – even as I write this it still hasn’t been a literal 3 years. He was clearly in the 1st group. Even as I pointed out the reports, the injuries, the CBA, he didn’t believe it should have any effect. He was now perhaps in the 2nd group. Very few are actually honest enough to admit that they simply don’t care and want immediate results. Then again we could be wrong and have too much patience.

        • Stephfan - Mar 6, 2015 at 5:27 PM

          The honest problem is and always has been for the redskins, lack of faith. Each year or two, maybe three there is always a new qb and offensive system. No qb in Washington was ever really give it’s far share since our last Super Bowl win. If we give Robert time and not give the quick hook then maybe he may pan out. We won’t know unless we stick with one qb and offensive. So let’s hope gruden sticks by his word, let griffin ride the season out and it it doesn’t work then he can go along with questions and bring in a qb jay wants. It’s his team after all and he may not really want rg3 or cousins. They both may be gone at seasons end…

  11. redskinsinrichmondva - Mar 6, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Without rehashing the relevant points I made in other blogposts about the QB carousel, posters should recall that Griffin played in six full starts in 2014. Cousins played in five. Do posters think that six or five full starts in Gruden’s (not Shanahan’s) offense is a good sample size to use in order to predict future performance? Especially when they consider the multiple football stat articles that show the volatile nature of QB production?

    • bangkokben - Mar 6, 2015 at 10:48 AM

      There’s a point here…somewhere.

      Bottom line: it’s a new year! Jay Gruden developing Robert Griffin the 3rd: take two.

      • redskinsinrichmondva - Mar 6, 2015 at 11:23 AM

        The point is that posters need to use caution in predicting how the two QBs will perform *based on how the QBs played in 2014*. There are pitfalls with that approach.

        • bangkokben - Mar 6, 2015 at 11:47 AM

          Agreed. Regardless of the small sample size, look at Griffin’s 2012 to 2013 and Foles 2013 to 2014. Good play as well is rarely in indicator unless it has been YEARS.

  12. redskinsinrichmondva - Mar 6, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    “The Seattle O-line is pretty bad, by the way. Right on par with the Redskins.”

    “Seattle’s o-line is their weakest unit on the field.”

    Fair points in response to the original poster, but it’s not like the weakness of Seattle’s o-line is being offset by superb pocket play, either. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe that ESPN’s QBR showed how Wilson’s effectiveness as a passer dropped significantly when Wilson threw from the pocket.

    This is not to say that Griffin is as good as Wilson; I think that Wilson is currently the better QB. But I would argue that Seattle’s environment benefits Wilson’s ability to perform as a QB through the team’s superior coaching and play-calling (Super Bowl goal line plays notwithstanding, I don’t think that anyone would argue Gruden is on the level of Carroll and Bevell as offensive gameplanners and playcallers), and having Marshawn Lynch in the backfield. This is a RB that was 2nd in Football Outsiders’s DVAR and 12th in DVOA in 2011, *before* Wilson joined Seattle in 2012 and the read-option became a part of the Seahawks’ offense. Does anyone think that Alfred Morris garners the same kind of defensive attention?

    • bangkokben - Mar 6, 2015 at 11:44 AM

      Wilson is horrible from the pocket. He may even be too small. Doesn’t matter. He is much better keeping his eyes down-field and is crazy elusive. He, just like Brady when he first came in the league, is benefiting most from a dominant defense. As a quarterback compared to Griffin he benefits most from his injury history and his willingness to run when needed and avoid hits. Both he and Kaepernick struggled from the pocket but both have the luxury of the talent on the other side of the ball and learning their craft while the rest of the team keeps them in games. How many times have either team been down by three TDs or more since they have taken over their starting jobs? Maybe once or twice combined. Since the beginning of 2013 the ‘skins have been down by this margin multiple times. This is why the Redskins will focus on defense and improving the whole team this off-season. As much as Griffin disciples want to focus on ‘fixing’ the o-line, there will not be major changes to this unit. The biggest change has already occurred – the hiring of Bill Calahan.

      • hcicron - Mar 7, 2015 at 6:24 AM

        If Wilson played for the Redskins and RG3 for the Seahawks we’d still be watching Seattle in the Super Bowl and Washington would still only have 3-4 wins.

  13. colmac69 - Mar 6, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    Some interesting points of views……both have well documented problems……cousins has shown that he can run gruden offense better than rgiii….offense moves better and cousins makes o-line better cause he gets rid of ball quicker…….however question will always b bout turnovers and more importantly for me is his poor response to adversity as per tennessee game (as was pointed out luck throws a few ints as well but gd qbs respond by playing better and dont allow the mistakes to b a problem)…..can he overcome these issues is burning question….would bn interesting to see how he develope if he and not rgiii had bn the main man……

    As for rgiii can he develope into pocket passer gruden wants to run his offense or will gruden adjust his offense to suit rgiii skill set if he thinks he cant… doubt rgiii has the higher bar talent wise than cousins but can both sides translate that into an offense that can produce. …

    Obviously other factors can determine how both qbs perform ie o-line performing…running game production….better defense…..

    Playing devils advocate it would bn interesting to see how things would have played out if rgiii had remained at full health during 2012 season after success with the read zone offense..going into 13 would offense remained the same and had same success? Unfortunately we will never know but after the injs rgiii is definitely not same qb

    Rgiii has head start as he already bn named starter for this season but obviously coaching staff believe cousins can still produce….it wouldn’t b surprise to see both play this yr…..if rgiii plays well then cousins will have to go somewhere else if he wants to start.if rgiii struggles and cousins can show he can limit mistakes and respond to adversity by playing well then I can see rgiii away at
    end of season…..

    Time will tell

  14. gonavybeatarmy - Mar 6, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    I really don’t care whom they play. And I don’t care which QB is starting in 2016, even if that guy isn’t currently on the roster.

    I’m just glad for the first time in nearly three decades (amazing really) that the team finally has a top personnel man uniquely qualified to determine if the QB of the present and future is on the roster. Casserley was a disaster in many ways. Now, let’s hope Snyder will let him do his job for the next several years no matter how ugly it gets.

    I’m a fan of 40+ years and third-generation season ticket holder, and if there are any credible reports that Snyder is not allowing McCloughan to fully do his job I will finally stop being a fan.

  15. bangkokben - Mar 6, 2015 at 12:31 PM

    Niles Paul re-signs three year deal.

  16. murphsman - Mar 6, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    I think the RG3 haters forget two important things. First of all, I don’t know for sure, but I’m guessing the majority of traditional dropback passers, including the turnover prone ones such as Cousins, Grossman, Cutler, etc., have probably been playing football a good majority of their lives, while RG3 didn’t focus exclusively on football until he got to college, so he’s only been playing football full time for about 7 years, the first 4 of which were in a unique system focused more on his running than developing his passing.

    • murphsman - Mar 6, 2015 at 4:00 PM

      Sorry, didn’t want to make the other one too long. Secondly, I think people are comparing him to Wilson, which is a mistake, because he is an exceptionally durable athlete. Because I’ve been surfing for comparison’s sake, and talk within the 49ers media and among fans, is pretty much the exact same, that Kaep did so great his first year as a starter that he’s being viewed as now regressing as a pocket passer.

      • murphsman - Mar 6, 2015 at 4:07 PM

        Also, expectations for both were overinflated because they brought their teams back to the playoffs for the first time in a very long time.

  17. timwillhidetimwillhide - Mar 7, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Everyone points to all the sacks RG3 takes and how Cousins takes less and say RG3 holds the ball too long. I dont think thats the case. Each Defense is gonna play each guy differently. I dont think they Blitz Cousins as much because they know from watching tape and see a lot of his passes bouncing off of defenders hands that he is more prone to throw a interception so they rush 4 wich our Oline still cant stop and sit back in zones waiting for the ball. Tjey feel if they blitz him he will know here to go right away and dump it off. What Ive seen with RG3 and McCoy they tend to Blitz them more especially RG3. The Oline crumbles resulting in sacks. The Few times Gruden called Shotgun, Bootlegs, The Pistol, and Play action or Read option to cover for the oline RG3 had time and moved the Ball. With a Better Olinemen the sacks will go away. The interceptions probably won’t.

  18. kenlinkins - Mar 7, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    Just a few things to remember,1. RG3 was the Heir and Cousins was the Spare! 2. At some point in the NFL you have to show results 3.. You can learn from failure, many a good QB started off making mistakes. Both RG3 and Cousins still have time to recover and become the starting / winning QB the Redskins require. While both are behind the time table (for whatever reason), this is the year the Redskins must see the results to move forward. Both have shown at times that they have the talent and could have a breakout year. RG3 will be first up and has the most to lose. The bottom line is that RG3 is facing the bust tag if he can not show leadership, talent, study habits, and development as a pocket passer. For Cousins, nothing has changed from day one, be ready at the drop of a hat for the 4th year in case your chance comes along, and then see if you can take advantage. The pressure is all on RG3, he is the one who must show in 2015 that he is in fact a starting QB in the NFL in his 4th year. All Cousins can do is wait to see how it plays out, as he has not shown he is ready to unseat the king! This is the year we Redskins fans find out if “The Deal” will pay off. Just pray an injury doesn’t muddy the waters and leaves questions unanswered! Both have a long ways to go and a short time to do it. Archives

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