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Need to Know: Notes and numbers—Redskins match 2013-14 win total

Dec 21, 2015, 5:05 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Monday, December 21, five days before the Washington Redskins travel to Philadelphia to play the Eagles.

Redskins vs. Bills notes and numbers

—The Redskins have seven wins this year, as many as they had in the last two seasons combined. Last night’s win also ensure that they will not finish in last place in the NFC East, something they have done seven times in the last eight years.

—Kirk Cousins completed 22 passes and he has 336 completions for the season. That broke the team single-season record held by Jason Campbell in 2009 (327).

—Cousins passed for 319 yards, his sixth 300-yard passing game this season. That broke the previous single-season record for 300-yard games in a season of five, help by Sonny Jurgensen (1967), Jay Schroeder (1986), and Mark Rypien (1989

—Cousins became only the fourth Redskins quarterback to throw for at least four touchdowns and rush for a touchdown in a single game, joining Trent Green (1998), Rypien (1991) and Norm Snead (1962).

—DeSean Jackson caught a 77-yard touchdown pass from Cousins in the third quarter. It was his 33rd career reception of 50 yards or more, the most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2007.

—In the last two games Jordan Reed has been targeted 16 times and has caught 16 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns.

—The Redskins scored touchdowns on their first three drives of the game. The last time they did that was in Week 2 of the 1999 season in a 50-21 win over the Giants, a span of 268 regular season games.


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

Days until: Redskins @ Eagles 5; Redskins @Cowboys 13; start of NFL playoffs 19

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  1. Skulb - Dec 21, 2015 at 5:26 AM

    Breaking records from the 1960s just isn’t good enough! Fire Gruden and trade Cousins for a bag of oranges! Then trade twelve picks for John Football!

    Back in reality Jordan Reed passed Chris Cooley in most TDs for a TE in a single season with 9 on the year. He is now tied with Pat Richter, who had 9 in 1968. The all time leader in this category is Jerry Smith, who had 12 in 1967. Shorter season, but still: pretty darn good.

    • colorofmyskinz - Dec 21, 2015 at 6:53 AM

      Lol. You basically just said what I said about Snyder but in a more creative way.

  2. colorofmyskinz - Dec 21, 2015 at 6:50 AM

    This should be proof enough that Snyder and RGIII fans were dead wrong about Kirk Cousins. I hope Snyder has learned his lesson about undermining his head coach. So basically what this means is he fired a head coach over his beliefs that were proven wrong. All Shanahan saw was exactly what Gruden saw – a better chance of winning and more talent in cousins than RGIII. I hope Snyder has the humility to realize he almost cost this organization another decade of loss. It was only when Scot M. Came aboard that Gruden was able to do what Shanahan saw.

    I wish RGIII a the best. I was a supporter of him. I knew the reason he failed was his greatest supporter Snyer. If Snyder stayed out of it, RGIII would have never played against Seattle ( never would have had a total tare). And he would have never started that first game against the Eagles on Monday night football after his injury. Where would RGIII zone now had it not been for Snyders deep foul love affair for him?

    Cousins is a great leaders and we were blessed that Shanahan was wise enough to see the talent in cousins. I my mind this vindicates Shanahan and convicts Snyder.

    What a great team Scot M has built in one year. And Gruden has done a great job coaching his new franchise QB.


    • bangkokben - Dec 21, 2015 at 7:53 AM

      It justifies Shanahan’s pick of Cousins but I don’t see how it vindicates him. You have to do a lot wrong to go from 10-6 to 3-13 not just have an open “his fault; not mine” conversation in the media. President of football operations and you’re going the owner to undermine your success? Shanahan’s only vindication is getting hired by another team and WINNING – something he didn’t come close to in three out of four years. Would’ve Shanahan been more successful with a guy like Scot McCloughan picking the pieces? Of course, but who’s fault is that?

      • colorofmyskinz - Dec 21, 2015 at 8:24 AM

        There is one reason we went from 10-6 to 3-13… Starting an injuried QB when he clearly was not ready and when cousins clearly was that year. Shanahan was forced to start RGIII for branding reasons over the best interest of the team. The team saw that and then he and Snyder lost the locker room over the start/do not start argument between Snyder and Shsnahan. Clearly that was the issue that year, and years later people refuse to accept the facts as they continue to mount. Convicted. Case closed.

        • bangkokben - Dec 21, 2015 at 8:43 AM

          You can believe that if it helps you. But there were more than one reason the team went 3-13 than starting Griffin and Adidas’campaign for selling shoes. Simple reasons for simpletons. If you want to believe the circumstances presented by a self-described liar, be my guest. There are more layers to this but if you just want to simplify it, fine too. Merry Christmas.

      • Skulb - Dec 21, 2015 at 3:10 PM

        I always thought it was a mistake to play Griffin in 2013 when he wasn’t ready, whoever is ultimately to blame. And indeed it turned into the most futile and depressing Redskins season in recent memory. Going back in the memory banks I seem to remember an ad campaign from Camp Griffin pushing him to start in week 1, against Shanny’s wishes, and an insistence on Griffin converting to a pocket passes, once again against Shanny’s wishes. He even proclaimed loudly in the media that Griffin wasn;t ready for that and that he wasn’t putting in the work he would need to make the change.
        It’s easy to blame Shanahan. He’s not a very likable guy. But he had no chance in 2013 when faced with a media circus QB, an opinionated QB camp and an incompetent owner pulling in different directions from him. If it had been up to Mike he would have started Cousins in 2013 while Griffin healed up, the remarkable success of Cousins (Yes I know it’s not over yet) in 2015 could have happened two years earlier and the team could have been spared two disastrous seasons in the tank.
        So I think 2015 Cousins vindicates what we might reasonably assume was what Shanahan wanted to do in 2013 but was prevented from doing. His handling of Griffin is a separate matter. But with his newfound victim status people should not forget how difficult RGIII and the associated circus was for Shanahan in 2013. It took Gruden a year and a half to run the circus out of town and in doing it he caused a deep divide in the fan base only Kirk Cousins can mend. Luckily he is mending it. I think we should be happy about that.

        • bangkokben - Dec 21, 2015 at 3:21 PM

          Well put, Skulb. However I agree with the sentiment of this quote: “people should not forget how difficult RGIII and the associated circus was for Shanahan in 2013.” I don’t/didn’t view Shanahan as being impotent in this situation and he could’ve easily just pulled rank, regardless of the ramifications, and kept Griffin on the bench for a month or so. Do you think he would’ve been fired at the beginning of October if the Redskins were 0-4 or 1-3 with Griff on the bench? No. The team was coming off a division title and the qb a major injury. Shanahan was the President and not only responsible for the decisions, he made the decisions – despite the inside influences and the persuasiveness of the owner – he made the decisions. He was more concerned with distancing himself from the decisions he was influenced on rather than own them and make the best of a bad situation.

    • ericstylezz - Dec 21, 2015 at 12:26 PM

      Shut that crap up man, if we lose the next 2 games what would you say then? No one has called for RG3 since like week 2 man this gets super old. Go troll Bills or Eagles fans, we are all skins fans and they are the enemy. Seriously don’t get why grown men run here every Monday morning to say i told you so after one W or L. We’re trying to win games not compete with TMZ for the worst comments section. Have some class bro it’s so dumb and female-esque especially when literally no one is talking about rg3 and last time I checked he hurt himself trying to win for our team. WTH?

      • colorofmyskinz - Dec 21, 2015 at 3:29 PM

        Dude. Look at the cesspool Snyder created by giving RGIII what he wanted against his head coaches best interest.

        Snyder is the one to blame not Shanahan. Snyder is the one that forced Shanahans hand. RGIII just asked to play. Like every athlete does. I don’t blame RGIII, I blame Snyder for giving RGIII what he wanted regardless of what Shanahan requested.

        You need to learn the real story…

        • skinsgame - Dec 21, 2015 at 5:04 PM

          How is it that you “know the real story”? What story? The story that Snyder haters perpetuate without any evidence? I don’t know that Snyder was not manipulative in 2013 anymore than you know he was. Just because you don’t like him doesn’t mean he’s responsible for Griffin stinking it up the past 2 seasons. The only thing that is unquestionable is, Griffins dad complained and publicly campaigned about the playbook and Griffin wore t-shirts that said, “All in for week 1”. Undoubtedly the front office wanted Griffin to heal up and play right away as they were coming off of a division title, the stadium was packed, and they had reason to believe he was going to be special. But there is zero evidence that Snyder was actually usurping Shanahan or Allen.

  3. colmac69 - Dec 21, 2015 at 7:36 AM

    It’s bn said before but potential of this offense if it puts it all together is scary and we just starting to see its true value even with a running game that stop/start…..

    U see jackson on form like yesterday and what he brings to offense it makes u wonder what they do if they let him go in offseason…

    Props to defense as well….Yeh they gave up two long tds and lot rushing yrds (albeit in garbage time)but for three qtr they put lot pressure on QB(just rusing four most time)……they got 5 sacks but would had double that if the qb wasnt as mobile as taylor

    Only drawback was potential injs to key players….hopefully they all available nxt wk…..word for the centre as he got stick on forums for everything but on cousins td run look who was out in front pushing guys out way (not all bad is it)

  4. bangkokben - Dec 21, 2015 at 8:00 AM

    As good as Cousins stats are – and they are good – they could be better IF the coaches didn’t shut him down in the 2nd half in home wins against the Saints, Giants, and Bills. Big leads and then pound the ball to varying degrees of discomfort. Last thing I want to see Saturday, is Cousins having a monster day and then with 24 minutes left in the game, the Redskins sitting on a three TD lead and not going for a four TD lead.

    • Skulb - Dec 21, 2015 at 3:22 PM

      I agree. But Cousins said something interesting in the post game presser (I already knew it because Cooley has talked about it, but I hadn’t heard anyone on the team mention it publicly like that) when he talked about McVay and the play calling. The first 15-20 plays are scripted and as long as they can stay on that script they are lethal.
      The problems seem to come when they run out of script and start improvising in the third and fourth quarters. So it’s not so much shutting him down as it is the team not having a fully scripted and rehearsed game plan that lasts four quarters. So in a way the offense really is two different teams here. You saw it very clearly in the last two games. For 15-20 plays Cousins is perfect, every ball gets caught and they score 2-3 TDs unopposed. After that they score very little and have actually lost most second halves this season, including against the Bills.

      I don’t know if this is normal or not. I do know that New England basically do it this way, although they are of course much better when improvising at the end of games than the Skins have been. I also don’t know if you can fix it by rehearsing or scripting more plays. Maybe it’s a question of how many plays they can successfully practice in a week and that the process is limited by that, or whether you can gradually expand the script.
      Either way it would be nice if they could be a little more consistent throughout a game. I can tell you this much: Seattle, Arizona or Carolina are not going to let them get away with these drop-offs in performance from the first to the second half if the team makes the playoffs.

      • bangkokben - Dec 21, 2015 at 3:29 PM

        Skulb, I think it comes down to two things. First, the practice of non-scripted plays probably is an issue due to the youth – especially on the line. Secondly, McVay is learning to get a feel of the game and the play calling machine has had issues in the 2nd half. Some of these probably are a result of the inexperience as sometimes it’s a simple 10 yard holding call that jettisons a 3rd quarter drive. I also wonder and think that the play callers know this and therefore are limited in what they can call in a situation. Similar to last year but due to different positions.

        • Skulb - Dec 21, 2015 at 3:39 PM

          So are you saying that this approach is a foundation they will expand on or an emergency measure? I’m just trying to get a feel for how the offense is developing and it’s a little hazy right now.

        • bangkokben - Dec 21, 2015 at 5:47 PM

          I think you nailed it with the amount of time you can practice. As first year starters, most of the line simply doesn’t have the experience to pull from to execute what hasn’t been repetitiously practiced. The most successful plays are the ones practiced the most. As soon as these guys get more experience I think the off script stuff will improve. My theory anyway.

        • Skulb - Dec 21, 2015 at 6:07 PM

          That’s what I am hoping for too. A playoff game I really consider a bonus anyway, but if they want to win it they need to keep their form longer, and not let up the way they have done in recent weeks.
          Hopefully they can get there. But if not there’s always next season:)

  5. bangkokben - Dec 21, 2015 at 8:05 AM

    Kudos to Bruce “pants and picnics” Allen for having the stones to hire Scot McC after Allen’s one shaky season as GM. Well done Bruce for getting Breeland, Moses, Long, and perhaps Murphy. If you imagined Bruce selecting Breeland in Murphy’s spot and vice versa, it looks like a very solid draft two years later.

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  7. Mr.moneylover - Dec 21, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    If they stay hungry they can beat the eagles…the last two weeks play calling has been very aggressive to the point were we scoring over 21 points a game…defense played solid in the first half and they let up in the second half

  8. kenlinkins - Dec 21, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    This is NOT a great team! they are a better team, a team on the raise, a team on the right track and a team coming together at the right time but no where near a GREAT team! There are still many holes to fill and there will be many roster changes over the off season. How the new GM values the 20 plus free agents, guys on IR, the young guns who have held their own this year and how he works the 2016 draft to build a unit of 90 players for Camp will be key. He made some good moves finding talent that fit after so many Plan A’s ended up on IR this year. The Redskins still must beat Philly to win the NFC East title and while many of us Redskins fans understand that playing to gain a play off spot after Christmas is a bonus and we love us some Cousins today, this is not a great team. Getting 7 wins shows improvement , getting 8 wins makes you a winner but getting 9 wins out of this roster shows a ton of progress in many areas ( head coach, coaching staff, GM, and QB,) but does not make a GREAT team. Now if this teams finds a way to the Super Bowl and wins, then they did something great but are still not a great team. I do hope that being a great team is coming soon, but this is not it.

    • Skulb - Dec 21, 2015 at 3:37 PM

      All true. But if this staff can get a mediocre and injury-riddled squad to the playoffs what are they going to do after one or two more McCloughan drafts? As a long-suffering Redskins fan I almost don’t even want to think about this, but if they get in and pull of an upset against Seattle how can Jay Gruden possibly not be named coach of the year? That’s how enormous such a win would be, given the circumstances here and given just how chaotic last year was and how abysmal the year before that was. This would not be 7-1-8 Carolina becoming perfect from 14 to 15. This would be even more astounding. And all while being the second most injured team in the NFL this season, with a sophomore HC on the hot seat and a first year starter and much maligned backup QB being handed the reins a week before the season started. They shouldn’t be this good. But they are.

      Nobody gave this team any chance at all in 2015. Nobody. We were one game out the division lead last month and were not even mentioned as a contender for the East by ESPN. They just skipped right past them every day. I am very proud of all of them. Every Redskins fan should be.

  9. Mr.moneylover - Dec 21, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    The only way rg3 return is if he’s willing to be a backup to kirk cousins…I doubt colt McCoy will want to return because he want to start and I think he will get his chance elsewhere he almost didn’t return this year and rg3 on the record saying he want to stay…its gonna be up to scot m. Decision on who he thinks can be a better backup QB…my gut feeling is that rg3 staying unless he want a crazy amount of money like Brian orackpo wanted…they sitting rg3 not for the money he’s getting but because he needs to developed other areas of his game to become a pocket passer…cam newton didn’t wake up over night and became a pocket passer it took him after his rookie deal to become what he is today…it trips me out to hear ppl say rg3 needs to go umm I think it’s best for our team is that he stays…and another thing if he was done with the redskins I’m pretty sure he wouldnt be traveling with the team or listening and watching plays and taking notes on the sidelines…scot m. Loves rg3 and still think he can play so like I said the only way rg3 gone is if he want a crazy amount that scot m. Don’t want to give him like Brian orackpo

    • warpath1 - Dec 21, 2015 at 10:17 AM

      i dont believe RG3 wants to be a back up. Good QBs want to start and have the ball in their hand to win the game.

    • timwillhide - Dec 21, 2015 at 11:10 AM

      Why stay when you have a chance to start for multiple teams. I don’t think Cousins will sign if you keep RG3.

      • warpath1 - Dec 21, 2015 at 12:02 PM

        there is no garantee that Kirk wants to stay here

      • Mr.moneylover - Dec 21, 2015 at 12:58 PM

        There is no beef between kirk cousins and rg3 ….kirk cousins rg3 and jay gruden all talk and joke with each other daily theres no bad feelings between nobody…rg3 want to stay in the same system like tom brady …if rg3 leaves and go to the eagles we lose every year we face them its smart we keep our young talent and develop them into starters

    • kenlinkins - Dec 21, 2015 at 11:18 AM

      All back up QB secretly want to be starters and while they all say that they are there to support the starter and be ready in case they are needed they all know that if they can produce wins they will be given “The Shot” at being the starter. IMO RG3 has taken a big step forward this year, some body got in his ear and told him the truth about drama, his development, what NFL GM’s are looking for, the work required to be a long term QB and how to “fit in”. If RG3 wants to be a Redskins in 2016, is willing to wait for “The Shot” and sign for back up QB money I see no reason the new GM would not sign him. RG3 is only 25 while Cousins is 27, RG3 has talent, knows the system, and has shown that he can drama free. Other NFL teams are going to have to take a gamble if they sign him to anything more than what the Redskins might offer him as a back up. While Cousins and Gruden might not like the idea IMO the new GM could see him as cheap insurance and a way to save a draft pick in 2016. RG3 has played the waiting game very well in 2015 and I see no reason why he could not do it again next year and as far as value is concerned, I do not see any back up QB’s with RG3 talent / up side that could be signed at about the same cost. The new GM is not going to be concerned with Grudens or Cousins (once signed) feelings as his job is to get the best talent he can on the roster. Now if RG3 has hurt feelings, wants to go some where he can show his stuff right away, and his plans all along where to get even with the Redskins he will sign some where else. So IMO it is more up to RG3 than any one else.

      • Mr.moneylover - Dec 21, 2015 at 1:00 PM

        There is no beef between kirk cousins and rg3 ….kirk cousins rg3 and jay gruden all talk and joke with each other daily theres no bad feelings between nobody…rg3 want to stay in the same system like tom brady …if rg3 leaves and go to the eagles we lose every year we face them its smart we keep our young talent and develop them into starters

      • bangkokben - Dec 21, 2015 at 1:31 PM

        “Other NFL teams are going to have to take a gamble if they sign him to anything more than what the Redskins might offer him as a back up. …the new GM could see him as cheap insurance and a way to save a draft pick in 2016.”

        Ken, I’m tracking with you on the GM’s responsibility to the team and everyone in the organization’s emotional response to re-signing Griffin as the back-up but disagree with the part I have in quotes. I think Griffin will get more money and security with a team taking a gamble on him as a starter and disagree with the need for this GM to salvage a previous draft pick and I disagree that Griffin would be CHEAP insurance. Colt McCoy is cheap insurance – a veteran back-up QB that has a cap hit of $1,375,000. I have little belief that $1,500,000 would be the best Griffin can get and would come here for that money.

        First, let’s look at THE MOST EXPENSIVE obvious back-ups from 2015. Then we can look at who is on the books for next year as a back-up QB and compare those with the cost of going with a journeyman QB for the teams that went that route in 2015. (All data is from the wonderful site that Rich has provided in the past called Over The Cap. Also, I did not include any QB still in his rookie contract.)

        The expensive back-up QBs from 2015:
        Chase Daniel, Chiefs, $4,800,000
        Drew Stanton, Cardinals, $3,866,668
        Mark Sanchez, Eagles, $3,750,000
        Chad Henne, Jaguars, $3,500,000
        Shaun Hill, Vikings, $3,250,000
        Matt Hasslebeck, Colts, $3,000,000

        Back-ups on the books in 2016:
        Mark Sanchez, Eagles, $5,500,000
        Shaun Hill, Vikings, $3,250,000
        The rest from 2015 are FAs
        Blaine Gabbert, 49ers, $2,250,000 *currently starting*
        Derrick Anderson, Panthers, $1,950,000

        Now, the journeymen QBs brought in to challenge for a 2015 starting job, 2015 cap hit, and 2016 if included:
        Brian Hoyer, Texans, $5,218,750, $5,250,000
        Josh McCown, Browns, $3,916,666, $5,014,666
        Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jets, $3,250,000, FA

        Griffin comes with a unique resume including rookie of the year and a previous year’s contract worth $6,719,713. How much is he willing to overlook these accomplishments to access his current market value?

        Here’s some pertinent info about the three journeymen QBs.

        – Brian Hoyer signed a two year, $10.5 million contract with the Houston Texans that contains $4.75 million in full guarantees. Hoyer did not receive a signing bonus and he can earn $500,000 gameday roster bonuses in 2015 and $1.25 million in gameday roster bonuses in 2016.

        – Josh McCown signed a three year, $14 million contract with the Cleveland Browns on March 2, 2015. McCown received $5.25 million in full guarantees including a $2 million signing bonus. If McCown is on the roster on the third day of the 2017 League Year he will earn a $750,000 bonus.

        – Ryan Fitzpatrick signed a two year, $7.25 million contract with the Houston Texans on March 20, 2014. $4 million of the contract is fully guaranteed including a $1.25 million signing bonus in 2014. He was traded to the Jets March 11, 2015 for a conditional late round draft pick.

        These are the kind of contracts that Griffin will be offered. The difference between these contracts and the high-end of back-up contracts is the guaranteed money. Sure, the Redskins could offer him a back-up contract but that would be less than the above contracts and with the dearth of quality QBs there is likely to be at least one suitor that will take a chance on him as a challenger or an heir apparent. Here he would just be a back-up waiting for Cousins failure. I’d think he’d rather be Tony Romo’s or Drew Bree’s back-up than Kirk Cousins’.

        I apologize for the length but if anyone can handle it, it’s you.

        • kenlinkins - Dec 21, 2015 at 4:48 PM

          Lots of great information here (which IMO is the best way to make your point) and I admit I might have been thinking with my heart on the cost of RG3 next year (i.e. higher than I stated). After thinking about it some, I wonder if after paying Cousins his $16 to $19 million if it makes sense to add another $4 to $6 million (which is what it would take to resign RG3) on the QB position. I just really do not want to see him on another NFC East roster in 2016 and it seems that both Philly and Dallas have interest in him. If he were to land any where else I would just wish him well and hope Cousins can develop into a top 5 QB. The key to where RG3 lands is A. The value our GM places on him (vs. other GM’s) B. What RG3’s mind set is (i.e. money, pride, revenge, development). IMO he will be a good gamble to any team who is not 100% sold on their QB and wants someone who might have up side that has yet been tapped. I am sure many teams will work him out in the off season and we will get reports of just where he is in his develop. While I was one of many who didn’t like the RG3 deal back in 2012, I would have liked to see him play some this year to get an idea of any progress. Guess I will have to wait until 2016 and hope that I do not have to see too much of him (i.e. Dallas or Philly). I would say there is a 90% chance he is not a Redskins in 2016.

        • bangkokben - Dec 21, 2015 at 10:22 PM

          Agreed. I don’t want to see him in the NFC East because I want him to be a success and I think he can be in the right situation. But finding that situation is difficult because how volatile the NFL is. Does New Orleans go one more year with Brees at $30M and Sean Payton. If so, you’d think that Griffin would be a good heir apparent there but if that situation blows up, then what? I think he needs to find a situation that is STABLE but that is the problem with organizations that need a qb – they lack stability.

    • Mr.moneylover - Dec 21, 2015 at 1:11 PM

      If there was bad feelings between head coach kirk cousins and rg3 they would’ve been got rid of rg3….they would’ve trade him or flat out release him…he needs a year like this to sit back and learn and develop…Aaron Rodgers had to develop and wait on his chance…you see the years kirk cousins been on the bench and how it helped him become a better QB…he learned when he got benched last year…if rg3 go to the eagles and fail in his first year then he might gotta deal with a new head coach and coaching staff dont think he want that…texans cowboys and the saints are interested in signing rg3 if we release him

      • Skulb - Dec 21, 2015 at 3:49 PM

        Well said. It’s up to Griffin though and it always was. I think a lot of people just expected him to want to start somewhere and that he would leave after 2015 because of that. If he wants to sit for a while and learn then he should do it in Washington where he still belongs. The fans still love him as a person even if they got fed up with his play last year and as long as he behaves like he has been behaving this season they would love for him to stay.
        I still think he goes though. Too many teams have need of a QB with Griffin’s potential. Houston and St Louis a potentially acute need and several teams with aging QB an imminent need. I could see him going to New Orleans to sit behind Brees as he closes out his career. Or why not the Chargers with Rivers getting long in the tooth? Sitting behind Cousins might be comfortable because Griffin lives nearby. But they are just two years apart in age and it might not be the best career move.

        We’ll find out after the season I guess.

        • brucefan1 - Dec 21, 2015 at 4:19 PM

          “Houston and St Louis a potentially acute need…”

          Houston is one place that always come to mind as a landing place for Griffin; a pretty good team –badly in need of a play-making QB, right in his own back yard, and not too far from where he made his bones.

          The only monkey wrench in that plan is that it seems like O’Brien may be one of these old-school coaches who disdains this new wave “multi-skilled” QBs (kind of a sanitized term, right?), and wants only classic drop-back guys, a la Gruden.

          But if Bill O’B could open his mind to RG’s game (even tho I’m not sure what precisely that is right now!) I would love to root for him there; way off in the AFC, playing the Skins probably only every FOUR years — and maybe also in the Super Bowl!!

        • Skulb - Dec 21, 2015 at 4:21 PM

          Precisely. I see Houston as the best fit if he goes. And he has spent this season working very hard on becoming a more traditional QB. We may yet see him revive his fortunes in Houston and even meeting his old pals in a Superbowl. That would be quite the story.

        • timwillhide - Dec 21, 2015 at 8:35 PM

          Unless they change head coach I don’t see him going to Houston. His best bet is Denver or anywhere that they run the bootlegs. If I was him that is the first place I would have my agent call. Then maybe Atlanta, Philly, Dallas

        • Skulb - Dec 22, 2015 at 4:10 AM

          Atlanta is definitely a possibility, at least if Kyle survives the season. It’ll be interesting to see what he does this offseason for sure.

  10. metalman5150 - Dec 21, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    The true test will be the road game in Philly. If we can win there, then we deserve a playoff spot.

    • bangkokben - Dec 21, 2015 at 9:29 AM

      Whether we deserve it or not, the Redskins will clinch the division with a win in Philly.

    • brucefan1 - Dec 21, 2015 at 11:23 AM

      I’d call it “another” test more than a true test.

      Because the Skins have recently passed several tests that they’ve usually flunked over the last 20+ years. Saturday will provide a few others; another road game … vs. a divisional opponent … with the title on the line … on a national prime-time stage!

      And while I might have doubted their abilities to pull off THAT superfecta after the last few seasons (shocker, right?! LOL), I have great confidence in them NOW … because I think they have great confidence in themselves — and with excellent cause.

      • Skulb - Dec 21, 2015 at 3:53 PM

        Dragons keep falling. Got the away win dragon slain and now the consecutive wins dragon is dead too. Remaining on the dragon hunting schedule is winning a prime time game, a division clinching win (We can get both on Saturday) a win against a legitimate contender and a playoff win. And we’ll get a shot at both of those against Seattle if we can get in.

        This is just the perfect season as far as I’m concerned. So much more fun to root for an underdog team anyway.

  11. bangkokben - Dec 21, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    – seven wins! This was the pre-season bar to reach to have a successful season but the bar has been raised with the Redskins in sole possession of 1st place with two games to go. How successful of a season will it be?

    – most completions in franchise history. This record was inevitable four weeks ago with the completion rate, the lack of success of the running game, and the closeness of games.

    – six 300 yards games for a franchise record. Here is what Keim wrote in article concerning this record: “He now has a franchise-record six 300-yard games this season. It’s not about him picking up garbage yards at the end of blowouts; the Redskins are 5-1 when he tops 300 yards.”

    – 4th Redskin QB to have 4 TD passes and one rushing TD. That list is an interesting list.

    – Jackson is definitely an integral part of this offense.

    – Reed being target and catching every pass for two weeks. This stat has me confused for two weeks now. Who was Kirk targeting in the ball tipped by Reed, if it wasn’t Reed? It still resulted in a catch for the team but it wasn’t Reed’s catch.

    – scoring a TD on it’s first three possessions. I like that. Now, can McVay do as well calling the plays once the script is exhausted? Yes, he can as long as he stays aggressive (minimize the running game).

    • brucefan1 - Dec 21, 2015 at 5:13 PM

      “Jackson is definitely an integral part of this offense.

      Your mention of Jackson somehow got me thinking of ODB (aka Ol’ Dirty Beckham) and his shameful antics yesterday. I commented a long time back what I thought Ol Dirty’s act was gonna wear REAL thin someday, and now it looks like it is! I mean, theyve pilled some baggage on DJax that many have rejected him for, but nothing like Beckham’s — especially with his meltdown yesterday!

      As a society we love to build up a heroes, and often even love tearing them down even more, sometimes without any REAL cause (as in RG3’s character assassination). But ODB gives us all plenty of tangible evidence, week in and out, of what a jerk he is, and why we should revile his rotten behavior as much as we marvel at his skills.

      Tell ya what tho, imho, once those skills go away — even a little — all that’s gonna be left is the revulsion, IF he doesn’t get his head screwed on better. He could easily turn out like those pathetic has-been/wanna-be’s, Terrell Owens & Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson. What sad clowns.

      Rant over. Now back to your Redskin programming.

      • Skulb - Dec 21, 2015 at 6:13 PM

        ODB is the biggest jerk in the league by a wide margin. Three times I have seen him throw tantrums like this in 2015: against us in the first game, against the Bills and now the Panthers. And it’s always the same thing: defenders roughing him off the LoS and trash talking him until he explodes and starts throwing cheap shots.
        I am fully expecting this to now be the blueprint for taking him out of games and he is going to make it so easy for them.

        • skinsgame - Dec 21, 2015 at 11:57 PM

          I don’t know… Finnegan and Suh are both contenders for that title as well…

        • Skulb - Dec 22, 2015 at 4:15 AM

          Maybe. But Suh is at least an enormous defensive end and you sort of expect him to be nasty. And as far as I know he doesn’t do ballet in the endzone wearing sparkly shoes.
          Not that I wouldn’t want to see that.But I think I could finish a sixpack of beers with Suh and have fun.
          Beckham though strikes me as the sort of guy I would actively have to avoid IRL so as to not get in a fight with him. He;s just obnoxious and makes DeSean at his backpedaling worst look cool and professional.

        • skinsgame - Dec 22, 2015 at 8:49 AM

          Victor Cruz is another schmuck. On and off the field.

  12. timwillhide - Dec 21, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Good game by Cousins. Way to throw the ball Down Field!!! The only critique I could have is he needs to lead his receiver instead of constantly throwing behind them. Yeas at times he needed to throw behind them and it was the right play. A few times he needed to lead the WR. Overall good job.

    • Skulb - Dec 21, 2015 at 3:56 PM

      Maybe. I know that Jackson seemed very happy with the back shoulder on the TD pass at least. If you throw that in front of him he’s going out on a stretcher. First impressions from fans aren’t always accurate.

      • timwillhide - Dec 21, 2015 at 8:26 PM

        I’m talking about the first one to Jackson that was almost a fade. If he would have put it out in front of him a little further down field instead of toward the sideline Jackson would have bin gone. Scored later anyways but hitting them will take him to that next level. Hopefully with more time and confidence he will hit those. Then Watch Out!!!

      • timwillhide - Dec 21, 2015 at 8:29 PM

        I believe there was also 1 or 2 morebut for the most part he had to hit the guys back shoulder or he hit them when they ssat down in a open area.

        • Skulb - Dec 22, 2015 at 4:08 AM

          I did see Jackson open for a walk-in on a pass to Pierre at one point. so I agree it’s not always perfect. But it goes so fast and it’s one thing for me to see it on the replay and another to anticipate in in real time on the field.

          Either way I don’t think we can complain too much about Kirk in this game. He’s trending towards finishing as a top 10 QB easily this season already and will almost certainly hit 4000 yards before the season ends. And next season should be better, although you never know of course. We thought that with Robert too. This just feels more…lasting somehow. No knee injury and we’re close to getting our revenge game against the Seahawks. A good Christmas!

        • timwillhide - Dec 22, 2015 at 10:06 AM

          RG3 has bin playing hurt and with a bad Offensive line you’re comparing apples to oranges.

  13. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Dec 21, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    Seems like the D clicks best with Will Compton in there. Let’s hope he can make a quick recovery.

  14. brucefan1 - Dec 21, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    Gotta love the confidence the Skins are playing with right now! They way they’ve come out with both barrels blazing these last few weeks has really set the tone for the game. Confidence is a huge key of course, and these guys seem to have it in spades.

    And the Eagles on the other hand, have to have gotten some of their recent swagger knocked outta them last night. Sorry to get to far ahead and fast forward thru the proper kudos for a job well done yesterday (… tho I’m sure many here will pick up the slack for that!), but I’m already very excited about what will happen Saturday night. As I said, despite the fact that the Eagles will still bluster all the obligatory bravado (You know … “Its only one game.”; “We still have our fate in our hands”; “It’s the Redskins. we really wanted”) I think they gotta have more than a little doubt denting their shield of confidence. And they should!

    (Speaking of last nite, I had a few SMH moments watching the Cards dismantle the Eagles whenever Al & Chris would repeat that, even with that debacle, “all the Eagles had to do was win their last two games and they were in the playoffs” — as if doing so was some foregone conclusion! Easy Peasy, right?! Dunno … could it be that I’m just hypersensitive to Redskin slights?)

    However the B&G have been finding ways to win these days, they just gotta keep it going! And they hafta distill whatever they have been using the motivate themselves lately, and take another big swig of it before however many games are left in their season! LOL!

    • kenlinkins - Dec 21, 2015 at 11:25 AM

      I think Al and Chris where trying to keep Eagle fans turned in by talking up their Play Off chances, but I do agree too many national media types are in fact down playing the Redskins for some reason. I will bet that both Al and Chris will be calling the Eagles vs. the Redskins the “game of games for the NFC East title” today as people in marketing / media know to Max your Min, and Min others Max every time you can!

      • brucefan1 - Dec 21, 2015 at 3:38 PM

        “I will bet that both Al and Chris will be calling the Eagles vs. the Redskins”

        I’m sure you meant that in general, ken, because we pretty much know that Jim Nantz and Phil Sims will be calling the game for NFLNet/CBS (Heck they did double duty this weekend too — in Dallas, Sat & Denver, Sun!)

        Gotta admit I’m gonna take a little perverse pleasure outta listening to Sims tie himself in knots trying not to say the dreaded “R” word that nite!! (Or has he gotten over that self-righteous restriction?).

        I love it when these anti-“Redskin” avengers have to consciously remind themselves not to sully the broadcast with such a “grievous insult”, only to trip & stumble over their tongues — and eventually let the dang nickname slip anyway! LOL

        • bangkokben - Dec 21, 2015 at 5:40 PM

          Phil Simms is the ABSOLUTE worst to listen to. Listening to him in three games a week is absolute torture. If I could get the local broadcast in my basement, I’d endure Larry Michales and the syncing issues. Such a pompous fool is Simms. Says Redskins all the time EXCEPT during the broadcast of Redskins games. I didn’t watch the entire Dallas game Saturday but I’d be surprised if he didn’t let Redskins slip when referencing the division battle or next (this) week’s Saturday game. Speaking of dragons, winning a game that Phil Simms broadcasts is another.

    • colmac69 - Dec 21, 2015 at 1:09 PM

      Watching eagles defense last night….cousins and Co got to b licking their chops watching arizona hang 500 yrds and 40 pts

      Confidance is sky high….think players really starting to believe what an opportunity awaits

      We don’t bt ourselves with t/o and pens this team offensively will score ton pts….

      Regardless of outcome the building process is right on schedule and with qb position sorted for nxt few yrs by all accounts the gm can get on with job of getting defense bether

      Look out for fireworks on day after xmas (boxing day sounds better tho)

      • bangkokben - Dec 21, 2015 at 1:31 PM

        There have been a few games, like yesterday when 500 yards and 40 points were on the table but we tried to run the ball and ended with three and outs.

        • timwillhide - Dec 21, 2015 at 1:59 PM

          If Cousins would have lead the receivers a few times we could have had runaway touch downs. End result we still won He finally took multiple shots down field and hit on some big plays and no horribly off target throws like earlier this year. If he leads his receivers more instead of throwing behind them making them stop and comeback for the ball we can be pretty explosive.

        • bangkokben - Dec 21, 2015 at 2:10 PM

          I hear what you’re saying but those underthrown balls had good results and may be by design. He has thrown 3 interceptions in his last 8 games and now has worked with all of the top receivers for some time. As he alluded to in the post-game presser, he didn’t work with the ones during all off-season and it takes times for both receiver and QB to know how each is going to run and throw certain routes. Personally, I see this a valid reasoning for the improved accuracy. I do wish he’d lead others better but by and large his passes aren’t preventing YAC.

        • timwillhide - Dec 21, 2015 at 2:46 PM

          Most of those passes he had to throw behind the WR but a couple of he lead jackso a little Jackson would have went after it and scored. Either way good game from Cousins. I’m extremely happy to see him go down field more and with success.

        • bangkokben - Dec 21, 2015 at 3:00 PM

          I’m going to assume that you were at the game and therefore had a better view about some of the deep passes.

        • brucefan1 - Dec 21, 2015 at 3:20 PM

          “500 yards and 40 points were on the table but we tried to run the ball”

          You bring up a point that I’ve been thinking about, ben; while running up high passing totals is neat (AND trendy in today’s NFL!), I gotta wonder if Gru & Crew wouldn’t be happier with less yardage & attempts from Cuz in exchange for more success from the running game — or is that question a no-brainer? ;^}

          I am glad to see, tho, that Cuz has done a great job of answering the challenge we all knew he’d face from the start of the season; that the oppo was gonna try to shut down the Skins’ run game and force the offense onto his shoulders. And while it took a little time, and there are still questions lefty for him to answer, I am part of that (very large) group who wasn’t sure he had it in him in. Glad to admit that more & more each game he continues to surpass our expectations.

  15. bangkokben - Dec 21, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Is Cousins the all-time best to wear #8 in a Redskin uniform or does the team have to get to the playoffs for him to supplant Mark Brunnell? Am I missing someone else? By the way, Dustin Hopkins is doing the #3 a solid representing the best combination of distance and accuracy since Mark Mosely.

    • brucefan1 - Dec 21, 2015 at 3:52 PM

      Haha! Funny question!!

      While it dosen’t seem like Cuz has much competition there, as Brunell ended his 33 starts in B&G with a 15-18 record and an 80.6 rating, I STILL gotta say what I always say … let the season play out before passing any judgments.

      Because if he/they somehow tank these last two games (heaven forbid!) a LOT of positive perspectives will probably be turned right on their heads!!

      • brucefan1 - Dec 21, 2015 at 3:57 PM

        Oh yeah … and while Hopkins is doing a GREAT job representin’ for #3, he’s still gotta loooong way to go.

        I mean, Moseley is …. Moseley!

        • bangkokben - Dec 21, 2015 at 5:44 PM

          So far solid and so far the best #8 in B&G. As a kid, I used to look at the roster to find my favorites. Favorite number as a kid was 8 – pretty much favorite until Troy Aikman ruined it for me. Benny Malone and Danny Buggs were my first favorite players.

        • brucefan1 - Dec 21, 2015 at 6:49 PM

          “Benny Malone and Danny Buggs were my first favorite players.”

          OH SHOOT … MINE TOO!

          Sike! I loved Jurgy & Hanbuger when I was starting out. I think I recounted here before how my buddies dad always use ta say “Hanburger in gonna make MINCEMEAT outta them” when we watched Skins/Giants games with him. (And I won’t even repeat what another friend wisecracked to me after he got sick of hearing me extol Sonny’s many virtues — AD NAUSEAM! Too nasty! But hey, he was a Giants fan. LOL)

          I always really liked Larry Brown, too. I even made a painting of him that still hangs in my home, and which I use as my Twitter avatar. Its based on that SI cover photo that Mr Brown uses for HIS avi! It’s fun to tweet with him during games for that reason alone. Tweeted that he liked the painting! (Or is it just the subject matter??)

          But my first & foremost hero of the Redskins was Vince Lombardi! It was his presence on the team that got me interested in the B&G in the first place. That SI with him & Sonny on the cover is one of my prized possessions.

          Here it is, fwiw;

          Broke my dang heart when he got sick, and passed away soon after!

    • Skulb - Dec 21, 2015 at 4:12 PM

      Statistically he is already the best Redskins QB since Jurgensen. But seriously, he needs to win something before Sonny, Theisman or Rypien are in danger. It’s just the way things work in sports.

      I find it interesting that Kirk’s completion rate this season (69,8%) is higher than all of Brees’ seasons except two (09 and 11). Even the great Joe Montana had only two seasons with a higher figure in this stat (1989 and 1992). And Kirk is trending upwards because the offense is clicking better with each passing week. He was way above 70% in the Bills game. The following QBs have NEVER had a completion rate this high for a full season: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Troy Aikman. Even in Romo’s insanely good 14 campaign he ended up with 69,9%, 0,1% ahead of Kirk’s 2015 season. And Kirk will catch him if he can play one more game like he did yesterday.
      He’s 8th in the NFL in yards and will reach 4000 unless he breaks his leg. Even with a slow start to the season he has 7,5 yards pr attempt (Brees has 7,6 yards) and now 22 TDs to 11 INTs (the magic 2 to 1 ratio. How about that!).

      Imagine what these stats would look like if Jackson hadn’t hurt himself and Reed hadn’t missed two games. People can laugh at me if they want. I’m used to it by now. But based on what has happened this season nothing would more solidify the Redskin’s reputation as a bungling circus of fools than failing to win a Superbowl with Kirk Cousins as the quarterback. That’s how good he is. You have to capitalize on this guy. He’s the biggest draft steal in the NFL since Tom Brady.

      • brucefan1 - Dec 21, 2015 at 4:50 PM

        “Statistically he is already the best Redskins QB since Jurgensen’

        No doubt you’re assuming that we all understand that the paradigms for NFL statistics — especially PASSING stats — are totally skewed from back in Sonny’s day… and even Joe’s & Ryp’s days! The numbers all these guys are puttin’ up BLOW UP all the older meters! So it might not be exactly fair to compare them. ( I can hear bangkokben now; “fair shmair!”. LOL)

        Few things indicate that fact to me more than these “career catch” stats they’ve been flashing on our TV screens recently in regards to Larry Fitzgerald & Jason Witten. These guys just reached a THOUSAND catches — and they’re STILL way down the all-time lists!

        We all remember when Art set the all-time record with 820(!) back in the day, right? He’s now down to 18th — with 6 ACTIVE guys ahead of him, still compiling!! (Glad #81 finally got in the Hall when he did; if it didn’t happen then, he’d be a forgotten man by now! Ha)

        And the seasons some of these QBs are putting up nowdays?!! The BEST guys from when I started watching couldn’t SNIFF these modern numbers — including most of the HOFers!

        • Skulb - Dec 21, 2015 at 4:58 PM

          Sure, and that is why I specifically included the word “statistically”. The game is different and it skews the stats. But the stats are still the stats and Kirk is breaking records from the 1960s now. That has to count for something.
          And he does actually compare favorably to any modern era QB, again statistically because he hasn’t won anything. But he should be good enough to win something was sort of my point. Or to put it another way, if the Redskins do not win something with Kirk Cousins that will not be his fault, if continues playing like he is.

          If Eli Manning, who can barely put up completion rates above 60% after ten years in the league, can win Superbowls then by golly so can Kirk Cousins!

        • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Dec 21, 2015 at 5:06 PM

          Also, it was a 14-game season in Sonny’s day.

        • brucefan1 - Dec 21, 2015 at 6:56 PM

          If Kirk keeps improving exponentially to this season, the Skins will have their QB for many years to come. And further TEAM improvement will only increase that rate.

      • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Dec 21, 2015 at 5:04 PM

        All good, but one has to ALWAYS remember this:

        You can’t compare the passing stats of today’s players to those of QBs who played before the NFL changed the rules.

        In Sonny Jurgenson’s day, you could have your primary WR (or all of them, Katie!) cut down at the line of scrimmage as soon as the ball was snapped.

        • Skulb - Dec 21, 2015 at 5:09 PM

          I know that. I was only talking about the stats. But look at how Kirk’s season compares to other present day and modern QBs and you will see what the potential is with this guy at QB. If Rodgers, Brady, Manning, Manning, Aikman etc can win Superbowls Kirk can win Superbowls. There is no reason at all why he shouldn’t. That is what I take from this season, even if they collapse now and miss the playoffs or they get in and get blown out by Seattle.

          He just hasn’t won any yet so people don’t take him seriously. But you can’t win if you don’t play and now he’s playing. I think the winning will come, and sooner than most people think.

      • timwillhide - Dec 21, 2015 at 10:04 PM

        I don’t put much into his completion percentage because he is just recently starting to throw deeper than 10 yards. Most tailgaters have a good completion percentage from those short distances too

        • bangkokben - Dec 22, 2015 at 12:08 AM

          Tim that is fine but it’s not like he is leading the league in short passes or that he is the only QB throw primarily short. Carson Palmer takes lots of deep shots. Jackson being healthy is helping the attempts and long completions. It’s not like Garcon, Ross, Crowder, and Roberts aren’t fast. They are; but not only is Jackson faster, but he has great hands for the deep ball, and can track it when Cousins launches it. The pass against the Giants a few weeks ago is a good example. When Cousins throws the ball. Jackson is between the safety (Merriweather) and the corner. Cousins throws it into space with enough arc for Jackson to blow past the Giants and make an easy catch. Jax not only finds the ball before the defense, he explodes to the ball.

          As for the short passes, here are the starters that lead the league in the least amount of air yards per attempt according to sporting charts dot com and their completion percentage along with total yards, total YAC, and air yards. The most notable stats for this issue you brought up is air yards/attempt and completion %.

          Player Team YDS YAC Air Yards AY/Att Comp %
          Stafford DET 3,409 1,890 1,519 3.09 65.0%
          Flacco BAL 2,791 1,488 1,303 3.16 64.4%
          Rodgers GB 3,379 1,734 1,645 3.29 60.8%
          Smith KC 3,205 1,767 1,438 3.39 65.6%
          Bradford PHI 3,025 1,474 1,551 3.54 63.7%
          Rivers SD 4,287 2,225 2,062 3.57 66.7%
          Bridgewater MIN 2,964 1,524 1,440 3.57 66.3%
          Brees NO 3,794 1,945 1,849 3.72 67.8%
          Tannehill MIA 3,529 1,601 1,928 3.78 61.2%
          Fitzpatrick NYJ 3,428 1,572 1,856 3.83 60.5%
          Carr OAK 3,589 1,546 2,043 4.07 61.0%
          Cutler CHI 3,258 1,496 1,762 4.07 63.3%
          Manning NYG 3,900 1,673 2,227 4.08 63.7%
          Brady NE 4,405 2,036 2,369 4.14 64.7%
          Cousins WAS 3,625 1,570 2,055 4.26 69.7%

          Due to the space here, I have omitted the teams that have multiple QBs playing due to injury or benching but this list actually includes ALL the QBs from the Colts, Rams, 49ers, Browns, Cowboys, and Broncos. So Cousins and the Redskins actually are the 12th highest in the league in this category yet Kirk has the highest completion percentage. There are 20 teams that average less air yards per attempt. This is the way of the NFL and has been the way it is moving for the last 30 years. When Mark Brunell was signed by the ‘skins he was in the top 15 in career passer rating with a rating around 85; he is now 35th all-time with an 84.0 rating. Brunell would be 28th for this season out of qualified passers. Cousins is 8th. Why? Because completion % and yards per attempt are huge factors in QBR. Therefore short passes that produce YAC are going to boost your QBR – perhaps unfairly – just as a bunch of long TD passes will perhaps skew your rating. But of the 21 teams/QBs in this sample only Tom Brady and Drew Brees have better QBRs. The guys that are playing really well (connecting on bunches of long TD passes with better ratings then Cousins) are Russell Wilson, Carson Palmer, Andy Dalton (poor guy), Tyrod Taylor, and Cam Newton. No matter how you slice it, Kirk Cousins is having a good season and like you, I hope he hits on more deep passes.

        • Skulb - Dec 22, 2015 at 4:11 AM

          Yes but this goes for every QB in the league. Like I said he has 0,1 yard pr attempt less than Drew Brees right now. And again he’s trending upward after the return of Jackson.
          So no, the completion rates matter. And these passes are not like drunk fans throwing in the tailgate. Give the guy some credit.

        • timwillhide - Dec 22, 2015 at 9:58 AM

          Like I said he just recently started to throw down field. The first half of the season or more he lead the league in short passes

        • brucefan1 - Dec 22, 2015 at 10:01 AM

          Hey ben, I know I’m WAY late with this comment (and that you’ve moved on to today’s story and thus will probably never read it!) but I’m just tying up loose ends on this article, and just wanna say that was a dam fine post — with a real nice chart! (Just wish those things would align better in these blogs, right?) And thanks for the headsup on‘ ! Never knew there was sucha thing! Nice!!

          (Just wanna clarify one thing, tho — to whom, I don’t know; we need to be sure to differentiate between ESPN’s proprietary “QBR” rating system and the older NFL rating system that I THINK yer referring to — which many of us also call “QBR”. In this instance it’s mainly because the ESPN formula does NOT credit a QB with his receiver’s YAC, as the NFL does. IIRC, ESPN felt that was a truer way of measuring a QBs true value on a play, as opposed to his receiver’s.)

          Well, that’s done; onto today’s blog! ;^}

  16. John - Dec 21, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Hey Car 54, I mean Tim. Perhaps if Cousins had the benefit of throwing to Jackson , Garcon and Reed during the preseason, instead of Larry, Curley and More, he’d have had the timing down with those guys.

    Many of the passes are to spots. He is not “leading” receivers. Many times the way the plays are designed, depending on the coverage, he has to look of the safety, so as keep coverage away from the intended receiver/area of the zone.

    2 examples:

    The Reed non touchdown vs. Chicago. Read the right side of the field to draw in the safety, then throw a no look pass to Reed at the cut at the top of his route without looking.

    The 77 yard TD pass to Jackson. Purposely under thrown because Jackson had coverage over the top from the safety.

    Perfect passes to the receiver in space, letting the receiver extend the play with his feet.

  17. goback2rfk - Dec 21, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    I see a lot of folks sipping that Cousins Kool-Aid. Not sipping it, gulping that sh|t down like a Friday night beer. While I give much praise to one Captain Kirk ‘franchise’ Cousins I will take my own big gulp of Kool-Aid if he plays well this Saturday and beats the Eagles. Lets keep in mind this is another away game in a very hungry and hostile Philadelphia. If he can string together another win for 3 in a row I will certainly be impressed beyond belief.
    Finding decent QB play at the Quarterback position is something that has been illusive for many years for the Redskins and I do believe Cousins is trending upward toward being a real class act that can solidify the position.
    It is scary to think if we did not waste all those picks on Rg3 where we would be right now. When time looks back on it, Rob may turn out to be one of the biggest draft mistakes/busts in the history of the NFL. I wish you the best Rob, I wish you the best. Archives

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