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Need to Know: Redskins notes and numbers—Another big day vs. Bears for Reed

Dec 14, 2015, 6:03 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Monday, December 14, six days before the Washington Redskins host the Buffalo Bills.

Notes and numbers from Redskins 24, Bears 21

—The Redskins broke a nine-game road losing streak with the win. A tenth straight road loss would have been the worst such streak in team history.

—The Redskins had 11 first downs in the first quarter. That is the most first downs they have had in the opening quarter since records started being kept in 1991.

—Kirk Cousins completed 24 of 31 passes for 300 yards with one touchdown and one interception. It was Cousins’ fifth 300-yard performance of the year, tying the Redskins record set three times Sonny Jurgensen in 1967, Jay Schroeder in 1986 and Mark Rypien in 1989).

—Cousins’ interception, which came in the third quarter, was turned into a touchdown by the Bears. So far this season opponents have turned every third-quarter turnover committed by the Redskins into points.

—Ryan Kerrigan sacked Jay Cutler in the third quarter. The linebacker now has 7.5 sacks on the season. He becomes the fifth player in NFL history with at least 7.5 sacks in each of first 5 NFL seasons (Kerrigan, DeMarcus Ware, Jared Allen, Derrick Thomas, Reggie White).

—Tight end Jordan Reed led the Redskins with nine receptions for 120 yards with a touchdown. In two career games against Chicago, Reed has now caught 18 passes for 254 yards with two touchdowns, exceeding the 100-yard mark in both contests.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Jay Gruden news conference 3 p.m.

Days until: Bills @ Redskins 6; Redskins @ Eagles 12; Redskins @Cowboys 20

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  1. sidepull - Dec 14, 2015 at 6:24 AM

    All good stats.
    All good waking up this morning and realizing that yea the Redskins won, got a couple breaks.
    The cowgirls got a mud-hole stomped in them.
    Reed is a beast.
    I swear it looks to me like Jones is making a concerted effort to hang on to that ball.
    Great game and the perfect team to get a road win against!
    and now the Redskins are on to Buffalo
    HTTR.

  2. colorofmyskinz - Dec 14, 2015 at 6:28 AM

    First, HTTR!! Second, what a roller coaster game. A great outcome. But, far too close for comfort. We will not win any of our playoff games like that if we make it.

    The biggest thing we need to do? Learn how to keep a lead and turn the screws on the other team with a lead.

    We have got to change our mindset about watching the scoreboard. Great teams play with the same vigor regardless of score. Ask any PGA pro that has ever won major tournaments. It is about the process and delivering the best you have regardless the outcome. If you focus every play like a tied game and deliver your best on ever play, you yield the best result the team can produce. We need to get comfortable with keeping leads if we want to compete in the playoffs.

    I have to say Morris had a good opening drive and Jones willed us to win. What a great couple of series for Jones in the final stretch.

    Overall the team came together to get the ugly monster off their backs. Now rest up skins and let’s string together some wins down the stretch and show the world what “this dog division” is made of. We are the SEC of the NFL!!

    HTTR!!!

    • Skulb - Dec 14, 2015 at 8:44 AM

      I have a possible explanation for this failure to stretch and maintain leads: I sometimes think they practice and practice the opening two or three drives to perfection and then adlib from there. Apparently there are also too many chefs involved in this second half improv effort, judging by the DoG penalties yesterday. Confusion ensues. Kirk not knowing where people are supposed to be or people not knowing where they are supposed to be, missed blocks etc.

      I hope I’m wrong because this would not be something you are likely to be able to correct mid season when you’re busy preparing for the next game five seconds after a game, win or lose. If I’m right we’re just not winning a playoff game like this. Seattle, Green Bay or even Minnesota will crush us if we can’t keep a consistent form for four quarters, something the Redskins have done to at least some extent only twice this season, against the Rams and the Saints.

      • hail74 - Dec 14, 2015 at 10:38 AM

        I was putting those DoG penalties on cousins too, thinking it was a breakdown in playcall and that he should just take command and call a play. However Gruden took the blame in his presser saying that it was because they only had 10 men on field because Carrier was hurt and his replacement didn’t make it out to field. At least on the Reed Td drive anyway.

        • Skulb - Dec 14, 2015 at 8:37 PM

          On the plus side it’s easier to forgive after a win.

  3. colorofmyskinz - Dec 14, 2015 at 6:36 AM

    Sorry for not mentioning Reed. He was a beast! Runs after catch were great! He is in the zone!! And he is being tough, something he has not brought in the past. He looks like a tight end and is sturdy like one too. He has figured out a way to stay in the field and I great for it!

    Cousins what can you say… Please Scot, lock him up with 5 year contract right now before we lose him to the market. Do it before he realizes his true value. The ultimate slap in the face would be to develop him, lose him to the market at a premium and be left with RGIII. We have our franchise QB now show him the money!!

    • ericstylezz - Dec 14, 2015 at 10:44 AM

      Stare-downs and check-downs man. We should definitely try and resign but qb of the future I’m not so sure, all these 300 yd games have an asterisk. He’s a great backup though

      • firesnyder - Dec 14, 2015 at 12:04 PM

        Man, I’m kinda tired of this crap that Cousins gets from our fans. He is the best QB we’ve seen in a REALLY long time. He has cut his interception rate in half this season when compared to his piecemeal starts over the previous 3 seasons (2012 to 2014). He makes quick decisions, and he is *learning* from mistakes. Learning is the key part… a lot of QBs that don’t make it in this league don’t learn. There numbers just stay the same. You can see improvement Year over Year in EACH of Kirk’s seasons. Completion %, QB Rating, Turnovers…. everything is getting better. Give him a contract and watch how much better he is in 2 or 3 years!!

        • bangkokben - Dec 14, 2015 at 12:49 PM

          This all based on what FANS think of Cousins’ ceiling. Some think that Cousins has surpassed, reached, or is about to reach his ceiling as a quarterback. Doesn’t matter. These folks and complain all the way to a home playoff game against Seattle. What matters is what Scot McCloughan thinks. Redskin fans should feel secure that the GM will get this decision right. We have seen the contributions of both his draft picks as well as the ‘guys off the street’ that he has picked up during the season. This alone may be the difference between being 5-11 and hosting a playoff game.

        • ericstylezz - Dec 14, 2015 at 1:25 PM

          Oh cool just 3 more years? so when he’s 31 we have a chance to beat actual good teams? Got it

        • ajbus1 - Dec 14, 2015 at 3:42 PM

          Good comments firesyder and ben. We’re as competitive as we’ve been in years and I’m happy with that for now. It seems like some people would rather suck every year until we find that Manning/Brady needle in a haystack and continue the Snyder way of doing things.

        • ericstylezz - Dec 14, 2015 at 5:56 PM

          Man but he’s not a rookie he’s like 28. If we get down by 14 in a playoff game this year are you confident in him?

        • ericstylezz - Dec 14, 2015 at 5:59 PM

          Like I could see if we had the didnt have arguably the fastest and toughest WR’s in the league in Jackson and Garçon. He’s taking sacks and holding the ball too long too. We almost lost the game, no gold stars for effort over here

      • bangkokben - Dec 14, 2015 at 12:45 PM

        So what you’re saying is that Gruden and McVay have such masterful play design that just about any noob can throw for 300 yards?

        • ET - Dec 14, 2015 at 1:22 PM

          (Laugh.)

        • ericstylezz - Dec 14, 2015 at 1:27 PM

          I’m sorry I’m just being realistic man we have 3 great wr’s. How many Back shoulder throws or really difficult passes is he completing? What if Chicago had an answer for Reed yesterday? You’re telling me Cousins would have just adjusted and picked them apart in a different fashion? Ok

        • bangkokben - Dec 14, 2015 at 1:57 PM

          What if?!! Do we really want to go there? Have you not seen the state of the NFL? Do you realize that other than Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck, and Aaron Rodgers, that all of the good QBs are ancient? How many seasons left does Tony Romo, Carson Palmer, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, and Peyton Manning have left? Those guys will be done or complete shadows of themselves in two years. And Eli, Big Ben, and Philip Rivers are right behind them. Cousins if he continues to grow like he has will be a top eight QB in three years and if he progresses slower he will at least be on the same level then as Matt Ryan, Matt Stafford, and Joe Flacco are now. So keep being “realistic,” man. Jordan Reed’s development helps a ton. But there is a difference between hitting the checkdown and giving him enough space to make a play after the catch and just hitting the check down for no YAC which we saw plenty of last year.

        • James McFullan - Dec 14, 2015 at 1:55 PM

          Yeah, but they didn’t have an answer for Reed yesterday so it shouldn’t matter what if, what is matters

        • ericstylezz - Dec 14, 2015 at 5:57 PM

          Yes.

      • bangkokben - Dec 14, 2015 at 2:01 PM

        It takes a GOOD TEAM to beat good teams not just one guy. Ask Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan, and Philip Rivers.

        • ericstylezz - Dec 14, 2015 at 5:54 PM

          I don’t get how me calling him a good backup is the ultimate disrespect. He was a backup and he’s a little better now. Did you see the pick he threw? Wasn’t even close man and just last week he was rattled to the max now somehow it’s different

        • ericstylezz - Dec 14, 2015 at 6:00 PM

          We have a good team and a backup at qb throwing those throwback Romo-Esque INTs to let teams back in the game

        • bangkokben - Dec 14, 2015 at 9:37 PM

          Watch the league and watch the games. So Cousins throws his first pick in a few weeks and your conclusion is suddenly accurate? Your conclusion was made last year and you use any mistake as evidence. Every QB has picks they wish they didn’t throw or coverages they missed. Did you see Tom Brady’s game changing pick-six in the Red Zone a week ago? Does that make him a back-up? Does Romo’s interceptions make him a back up? Of course not. Interceptions are part of the game. It is how you respond to them. This year it is night and day in how Kirk responds? How did he respond yesterday? Next drive score. As for the Redskins being a good team, good luck getting traction with that. They can become a good team but they aren’t there yet. They’re can easily be made into a one dimensional offense. They have little semblance of a running game and have only been successful running the ball on the worst of rushing defenses. They can barely apply pressure to the QB, have a mediocre defense – or have they shut down a good offense that I’m not aware of? And they have a special teams that either holds or clips (blocks in the back) on 75% of their returns. Other than Jordan Reed, a healthy Desean Jackson, and Trent William who else do other teams covet? No this is not a good team. They may be a playoff team but that is because their QB leads the league in completion % and is 2nd in QBR in the red zone. Until you can name 32 QBs that any GM would take ahead of #8, you have no case.

  4. bangkokben - Dec 14, 2015 at 7:46 AM

    Whatever Reed ate for breakfast yesterday, he should eat everyday. The man was running over people like Mark Bavarro and unlike earlier in the season there was no chance he was losing the ball. 58% 3rd down conversion rate; that had to stick in the Bears fans’ craw. That stat should credit both Cousins and the play calling even though both had problems yesterday. The Cousins jump ball, the Reed intentional(?) tap to Jones, the Crowder “tackle” of Jones, the Jones giveaway only to have the ball miraculously end up back in his hands, and the fact that the refs didn’t find a phantom hold on the offensive line was equally of the ledger of all the Redskins bad luck but on one play. Bears fans must feel that they can’t get a break. Having said all that a win is a win and counts for just one win. THIS WIN COUNTS!

    • colorofmyskinz - Dec 14, 2015 at 8:17 AM

      Nice recap! I kind of thought the same on Reed awareness to tip to jones. Maybe an IQ test is in order for Jones on NFL rules… LOL

      That throw across the field for the jump ball would have been intercepted 99.99% of the time. We got the 0.01% card for once in a lifetime. Maybe because Snyder is on the right side of right by letting his head office do their job with promoting cousins. Karma our way because Snyder stayed out of his leaderships way??? Who knows. Thank god one came our way. We have a December to remember now. Merry Christmas! Hohoho…

    • sidepull - Dec 14, 2015 at 8:58 AM

      I attribute some of Reeds success to Djax being back in the line up. By having to account for him, it opens up more field for Reed. Reed played yesterday with complete disregard for the Bears defense. He played with violence and bad intention towards the bears defenders. I like it I hope Djax can play next week. He has a meeting with Bacari Rambo right?

      • bangkokben - Dec 14, 2015 at 10:01 AM

        Bacari Rambo has a meeting with DeSean Jackson’s shadow. It’s good for the young man to bounce back and play so well for another organization but his insertion into the starting lineup in 2013 had the most impact of all the others into turning 10-6 division champs into 3-13 division chumps. I don’t know but I imagine he rarely is the single high safety in Buffalo.

  5. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Dec 14, 2015 at 7:58 AM

    Reed was awesome.

    Phew, that was close! HTTR!
    ~

  6. colmac69 - Dec 14, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Watched game again……when offense plays mistake free football with no pens/turnovers it’s hard to stop….if this offense can get run game clicking it’s gonna b a scary offense with all weapons available…

    Think yesterday finally proved this team has different mind set than previous yrs…Yeh we got couple big breaks but usually they go against us…..hopefully this type result the team can feed off energy last 3 wks….

    Liked jones running ball in fourth qtr….strong,,determined,,,secured ball….all the gd things u like to see…..played with winners mentality……assume kind traits the GM likes to see….

    Defense kept battling away despite some big gains against them….made some plays….still think they missing a quick outside guy who would got to cutler on the 3-long pass plays (few times rush just wasn’t quick enough)

    Cousins played well again…..threw horrible pick but yet again bounced back with gd drive that might lead to more than 3 pts if Ross hadn’t fell dwn…..on sacks it’s hard to see big pic till u see all 22 but he could got rid ball couple times (least he didn’t force anything)

    Jordan reed what can u say…..he stays healthy over nxt few yrs he gonna b top 3 receiver for his position (could poss b one right now)

    Eagles winning was small surprise but u always knew they b few twists and turns on the way….we win nxt wk all pressure on eagles sunday night vs arizona. ….giants got carolina. ..we take care business could b set up for boxing night to remember in philly

    • bangkokben - Dec 14, 2015 at 10:14 AM

      Philly is the game that matters. Lose Sunday AND an Eagle win Sunday and ALL can be corrected beating Philly. Conversely, win Sunday with an Eagle loss and then Philly winning at home the following week and the Redskins will need help from the Giants provided that they lose to Carolina, if not the Giants will be playing for the division and the Redskins will have a meaningless game at Dallas. “Boxing day” is Code Red regardless of Sunday’s outcomes. By the way, are you one that takes home the boxes or has the servants take home the boxes?

      Best case scenario is that the Redskins win the next two games. The Giants lose two out three (Miami, Carolina, Minnesota) and the Eagles lose to the Cardinals and then our Redskins. Then we have a meaningless game at Dallas where we can rest our starters.

      • Rich Tandler - Dec 14, 2015 at 12:47 PM

        Eagles don’t need to lose to Cards to make that happen since Redskins would have tiebreaker over Eagles and a game up with a game to play. Wrote about it here: http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/redskinsblog/redskins-playoff-scenarios%E2%80%94resting-starters-dallas

        • bangkokben - Dec 14, 2015 at 12:59 PM

          Correct.

          So basically the season comes down to the day after Christmas and if the Redskins win Sunday as well as in Philly, we can watch Colt McCoy hand off to Pierre Thomas in Dallas.

        • brucefan1 - Dec 14, 2015 at 4:25 PM

          “So basically the season comes down to the day after Christmas”

          “Boxing Day” in colmac’s foreign land, right?! ;^} (In Redskin Nation we just might dub it “Clinching Day”!)

          Great win yesterday in a game I had serious concerns over. And while it was not perfect (who could have expected THAT!) I can’t believe there was some post-game grumbling amoung fans and media about how it was ultimately achieved … as if they shoulda beaten the Bears by 3 TDs!!. Gimme a break!

          (As if NFL games aren’t frequently decided like that one was! But far too often those breaks went AGAINST the Skins in the past. You help make yer breaks with good play in other parts of the game, imo!)

          Just wanna say the football gods; Thank you, sirs … can we have ANOTHER!

  7. sidepull - Dec 14, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    And folks we had a DY sighting!

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Dec 14, 2015 at 9:19 AM

      Good thing.

      Nothing against backup OT Ty Nsekhe, but who do you want on the field…him playing TE, or Darrel Young at FB?
      ~

    • ET - Dec 14, 2015 at 12:03 PM

      Praise the Lord!

      Ain’t nothing wrong with a little more Darrel Young on the field.

  8. princewilks - Dec 14, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    The Giants will have an easy matchup against Carolina. In case you missed it, Carolina Clinched 1st round bye yesterday with their rout of the Falcons so they will probably rest their starters a bit.

    • bangkokben - Dec 14, 2015 at 10:06 AM

      Why would Carolina be content with a 1st round bye and not home field throughout the playoffs? Arizona is within striking distance so I don’t see that happening. Plus they are competitors that benefit very little from rest. They already have a 1st round bye, so they need guys sitting out a month before their 1st playoff game? Do they have guys banged up? Did they have to play the entire game against Atlanta in a 38-0 drubbing?

    • realfan82 - Dec 14, 2015 at 10:39 AM

      Riverboat Ron was with a bears team who wished they didn’t rest their starters and a panthers team who wants to go 16-0 with the son of don shuler on the staff, so I wouldn’t count on it yet

      • bangkokben - Dec 14, 2015 at 10:48 AM

        Very good points. The Giants game is the one game that potentially spells trouble for Carolina’s perfect regular season. At Atlanta will likely be another home game for Carolina as Falcon fans are notoriously fair weather then a home game against Tampa to finish the perfect season.

        • brucefan1 - Dec 14, 2015 at 4:30 PM

          “The Giants game is the one game that potentially spells trouble for Carolina’s perfect regular season”

          Could be …. they’ve spoiled perfect seasons before. But lets see how they come out of tonite’s encounter. Even though I expect them to prevail, if they SHOULD falter in Miami, their Panther game might be moot. A loss v. the Fins just might knock all the fight out of them.

  9. greed - Dec 14, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Good win boyz , even though you let them back in the game and almost gave them the game. Ill say this defintely cant play like that the next 3 games and expect to win the division. In saying that the next 3 wks im going to be a fan of my TEAM and not a critic not gonna badmouth gruden cousins or anyone else at this point i just want them to win make playoffs, so you have my support lets do coach JOE GIBBS proud next week and shut up a big mouth coach named RYAN ! HTTR

    • bangkokben - Dec 14, 2015 at 10:23 AM

      Considering who the Redskins are playing (Buffalo, Philly, and Dallas), I think the Redskins could win all three playing exactly like they played yesterday – getting a good lead, letting the other team back in and winning in the 4th. They’ve shown that they can win like this – not because they are special but because of the state of the league. There are way too many teams that are on equal or worse footing than our Skins. Now against Seattle, Green Bay, Minnesota, Carolina, and Arizona; that’s not going to work. Until then, let’s see if we can fill our own stadium.

  10. troylok - Dec 14, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    It was a great win yesterday. It is a really good day when Washington wins and the Cowboys lose. I hope Carrier is okay and Jackson was looking a little gimpy at the end of the game. I hope they can both carry on. One criticism I would level is Leribeus. Dude, the guy still hikes a lemon every now and then he is a big problem in the run game. Other guys are pancaking the guys they are blocking but Leribeus is getting pushed back. I thought the Redskins signed another center so we wouldn’t be saddled with Leribeus much longer.

    • ET - Dec 14, 2015 at 12:20 PM

      There aren’t many Skins I dislike, but LeRibeus is one. The guy has had more than his share of opportunities. Below average as a guard, below average as a center. I applaud him for stepping up and learning the position in a trial-by-fire, but ultimately LeRibster is another Shanny Era Underachiever. He’s no good.

      Let’s hope the center position is addressed more seriously this off-season.

  11. greed - Dec 14, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    anybody knows the injury status on morgan moses? What happend?

    • bangkokben - Dec 14, 2015 at 10:24 AM

      Checked for concussion and cleared. Unless there is something new.

    • troylok - Dec 14, 2015 at 10:39 AM

      Lingering hold-itus. The only way to shake it is to not get beat by your man.

      • bangkokben - Dec 14, 2015 at 11:03 AM

        Trent Williams vote for the Pro-Bowl better be Willie Young. Biggest surprise of the day. Of course, playing left tackle you only get noticed when you’re getting beat.

  12. ET - Dec 14, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    It was pretty sweet to come into the office today and offer mock condolences to all the Bears fans. A closer game than I would’ve liked, but hey:)

    HTTR!

  13. bangkokben - Dec 14, 2015 at 12:44 PM

    As for all the national disdain for the NFC East, that should just stop. The NFC East isn’t stealing a playoff spot from anyone in the NFC. All of the rest of the teams “in the hunt” for a wild card are 6-7 at best. This is what happens when divisions have to play two other divisions – occasionally there is a down division. Injuries were a factor for each of the NFC East teams. If one of the teams had an unusually healthy year, they likely are 8-5 and running away with the division. But other than last year, that doesn’t usually happen in the NFC East. With both the Redskins and Eagles winning, at least we are assured that a 6-10 team can’t win the division. 8-8 probably wins the division but there is still a chance that both the Redskins and the Giants go 9-7 and there is the chance that the Redskins, Giants, and Eagles all end up 8-8.

    Last year the NFC South had zero teams with a .500 or better record. You would think that that would benefit the NFC East and AFC South – both divisions that had the “fortune” of playing this division. Yet, instead both the NFC East and AFC South are the joke divisions of the league. However, only one team from the NFC South (Carolina) has turned that into a winning record. So Carolina has a historically weak schedule and could finish the season 16-0 playing ONLY two teams that end the season with winning records. Heck, it is in the realm of possibility that Seattle loses its last three games and then Carolina’s only opponent with a winning record over a 16-game season would be Green Bay.

    The fact is that with the schedule the way it is, occasionally there are going to be .500 and sub-.500 teams winning the division. Conversely, the Jets might win out, become 11-5, and miss out of the playoffs. Would that be enough for the NFL to expand that playoffs next year even if it meant giving an 8-8 or 7-9 NFC team an additional wild card? I don’t know, but i think the NFL will have to look at injuries first if they want to fix the parity issue.

    • goback2rfk - Dec 14, 2015 at 4:13 PM

      The Eagles are the favorites to win the division right now. After 2 big wins in a row, one of being against the Patriots, the Eagles are playing good football right now. It may come down to the HUGE week 16 away game vs. the Eagles. That is going to be a playoff like atmosphere on that one. Can’t wait.
      Losing to the Bills at this point is not the biggest deal, especially if Miami can beat the Giants tonight.

      • firesnyder - Dec 14, 2015 at 4:42 PM

        Yes. I’m a little worried about the Kegles… they are gelling at the right time and seem to be rallying around Chip Kelly (except for disgruntled DeMarco Murray). We will all be even more worried if we lose to Buffalo after the Kegles just beat them.

      • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Dec 14, 2015 at 6:34 PM

        Only thing about that…SOMEDAY the Redskins need to learn to win 2 games in a row.

        We just finally won a road game, Philly just beat the Bills in Phillytown, come on.

        We need to step up a bit, don’t we?
        ~

  14. JOHNNY B - Dec 14, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    I am sorry but yes I liked the win but our away game woes are not a problem. And our home game wins are not a good thing. Every game that we lost away and home was against teams with a good pass rush. The games that we won little to no pass rush. Even though Cousins still completes passes against a good pass rush there are more check downs and short yardage with less confidence. All due to a young o-line and qb. He is getting better but still is getting flustered in the pocket. Proven point the Dallas game. Thank God that we don’t have any more good teams to play. I see us beating the Bills and the Eagles but if Dallas shows up again then that will be our loss. 8 and 8 division winner’s.

  15. John - Dec 14, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    Once again, the whiners return. If the team wins, Cousins gets none of the credit, but if they lose , he gets all the blame.

    A single pick might as well be a seasons worth. Who cares if he has the highest completion percentage in the league. Who cares if he’s been the NFL player of the week 2 times this season. Who cares if he has 5, 300 yard games this year. Who cares if he’s been doing it without a running game or defense for much of the season. If only RG3 was starting or we drafted the next Tom Brady next year, blah, blah, blah…

    Get over it people. Cousins is the starter and is getting better all the time. This team is still missing some pieces like a big, fast stud receiver, a big time center, a stud defensive lineman, a solid safety to name a few. You all act as if the team is complete and the only thing holding them back is Cousins. Get a life!

    • timwillhide - Dec 15, 2015 at 11:11 AM

      Cousins is simply not accurate down field period. He is only accurate on passes the average fan makes in their back yard. Do you really want a QB that hits the defender in the hands when he does throw down field? Do you really want a QB that throws a 35 yard hail mary? Do you really think 6 wins is getting it done on a regular basis? Do you really want a QB who throws mostly short passes because he is not accurate enough to throw down field? Do you really want a QB that averages 3.67 yards through the air?

      • Rich Tandler - Dec 15, 2015 at 12:00 PM

        Do you actually watch games? I mean, except to count Cousins “dropped” interceptions. I’m sure the total for the year is, what, 80 or 90 by now?

        • timwillhide - Dec 15, 2015 at 1:28 PM

          I watch every game Rich . We need a QB that is capable of throwing the ball down field. He was 11 of 49 on passes 20 yards and further coming into this game.

        • timwillhide - Dec 15, 2015 at 1:37 PM

          Rich till you watch the film and count them for yourself how can you comment on if I was right or wrong? Are you afraid of counting them for yourself because you might see all the scrappy throws and have to admit he can’t throw down field with any accuracy. Till you actually look at the film instead of cherry picked stats which are all about his short passes you are not telling the whole story on this QB. Yes he completes a lot of short passes as most QBs can. But we will get nowhere significant till we have a QB that can complete a pass past 10 yards

        • John - Dec 16, 2015 at 9:40 AM

          Rich,

          Its official, timwillhide is a complete idiot. That or an ostrich as he has his head buried in the sand ignoring the facts he dislikes.

          He fails to understand that you takewhat the defense gives you. Force it and you give the ball up more often than not.

          Those were some pretty deep balls for TDs against NY, Carolina and Dallas. Not to mention the ones against Philly and Seattle last year.

      • John - Dec 15, 2015 at 12:01 PM

        If he is running a west coast system and has no running game and has to make up for it at times with drinks and dunks, you bet. Its not like he’s got Riggins, Byner or even Stephen Davis running the ball. He also has a pretty weak defense backing him up. But keep living in your fantasy world thinking that some superstar (Carson Palmer, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning in his prime) is going to drop in our laps.

        He’s better than Gus, Heath, Robert, Rex, Beck, Collins, Campbell, Ramsey, McNabb, Friez, etc. Just name any qb who has played here in the last 20 years, except Brad Johnson. So just keep crying in your cheerios and get over it.

        • timwillhide - Dec 15, 2015 at 1:30 PM

          Everyone you mentioned can throw a more accurate ball down field.

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