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Need to Know: Redskins are setting Cousins up for success in 2016

Apr 3, 2016, 6:26 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, April 3, 25 days before the NFL Draft.


—The Redskins last played a game 84 days ago. It will be about 161 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 15; 2016 NFL draft 25; Redskins training camp starts 116

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The Redskins are in the process of doing whatever they can to set Kirk Cousins up for success in 2016.

Despite the predictions of some, they kept veteran wide receivers Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson despite salary cap hits for the two that total over $19 million. Garçon was a big target for Cousins all year long. And Cousins’ transformation from a quarterback who was on the verge of being benched into a confident, competent passer largely coincided with Jackson’s Week 9 return to the lineup after rehabbing a hamstring injury. The absence of either player in 2016 would have made things more difficult for Cousins. They may add another wide receiver early in the draft.

Then they signed Vernon Davis to a deal that didn’t break the bank but is rather substantial for a 32-year-old tight end. He’s not the player he was even three years ago when he caught 52 passes for 850 yards (16.3 yards/catch) and 13 touchdowns for the 49ers but at 6-3 he is a substantial red zone threat. Between Davis and Jordan Reed, Cousins should never have a problem finding a target on third downs.

Although Davis should provide an upgrade when it comes to run blocking, the Redskins perhaps realize that their running game is not going to suddenly come together with Matt Jones and probably either a mid-round rookie or a C-list veteran. Cousins performed well last year despite the Redskins being ranked 29th in terms of yards per rush. It seems unlikely that he will have a top-notch running game to support him this year so the team wants to make sure he has an adequate supply of weapons.

This is shaping up to be a critical year for Cousins and for the future of the franchise. He could well be the first quarterback to play out a season under the franchise tag. One of the reasons that may happen is that the Redskins are somewhat reluctant to pay Cousins over the long term based on one good year. If their quarterback posts a second stellar season like he did in 2015 they will be more than happy to open up the checkbook, believing that they will be set at the most important position on the field for at least the next several years.

With the additions of Davis and possibly an early-round rookie wide receiver to work with, Cousins will have a solid group of pass catchers to work with. Assuming they stay reasonably healthy his agent will not have any reason to complain about a lack of support in 2016 if they engage in contract talks prior to the 2017 season.

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  1. sidepull - Apr 3, 2016 at 7:17 AM

    It was rather remarkable that Cuz had the season he had. Getting named the starter with no off-season to prepare with the ones, then the running game disintegrated into a shambles, the TE position was decimated by injuries, Djax went out early pinning hopes on Reed and Garcon, and the other two units were dealing with a number of injuries. I gotta give it to Cuz, he helped make lemonade out of lemons. It will be fun to watch his progression with a full off-season, some healthy starters and some fresh blood to get this team rolling. They clearly are going to have a battle in the NFCE this year. Players staying healthy is going to be key. Though VD is older maybe lost a step, he has been durable. Who knows, coming home, maybe he has a resurgence?

    • Skulb - Apr 3, 2016 at 7:31 AM

      Personally I’m gonna ignore Tandler’s well-founded worries about the running game for as long as I possibly can. I am simply going to pretend that they will be able to fix it in one offseason and be ready to come out with a top 15 running game to take some of the pressure off the passing game. SUPERBOWL BABY!

      • warpath1 - Apr 3, 2016 at 7:52 AM

        I’ll have a couple of what youre having

        • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 3, 2016 at 8:24 AM


          What the heck, it’s Sunday.


      • Mr.moneylover - Apr 3, 2016 at 8:38 AM

        No super bowl yet it can happen in three years but 2 things gotta happen if the team gonna win a super bowl…1 kirk cousins gotta make progress he can’t have a off year 2 the team gotta get better around him witch it will be this season…personally they gotta get rid of weak links on the roster like Ryan grant and Trent Murphy guys who suppose to be playing at a high level by now not helping the team…redskins tryna be prepared for anything that happens in the draft…I hear boldin is still in the mix of joining the redskins but that don’t mean they still won’t take a WR that they want in the draft either

        • Trey Gregory - Apr 3, 2016 at 1:35 PM

          I get your point about Grant and Murphy. But they cost nothing right now and are solid depth players. If another rookie (or someone on their rookie contract) can beat them out, then they should go. But until then, they’re cheap and they’re not THAT bad. I’ll personally take Grant over Ross any day. Would also like to see Murphy moved to DE. See what we have there.

        • zatoichi7 - Apr 3, 2016 at 7:21 PM

          agreed trey. i’m not ready to give up on either guy, but i think this is a make or break season for both of them. i’m not a big fan of murphy, but grant showed me enough last year to keep me hopeful. we’ll see.

        • greed - Apr 4, 2016 at 10:05 AM

          murphy may not be a star but he solid player with upside and could possibly be a factor at de whereas grant can go in his angst to show s moss the door gruden over hyped him to future startes status when all actuality he a backup who needs to work on explosiveness and the fact that he not a big contributor on special teams doesnt help his case either, ross has something you cant teach speed and has proven to be an asset on teams i like the way he progressed throughout the season at one point he was our best deep threat

        • Trey Gregory - Apr 4, 2016 at 1:10 PM

          A thing you can teach: how to use periods bro. Please. Very hard to read.

          But speed isn’t enough. If speed is all it took to be a good WR then a lot of track stars would transition to the NFL. There’s a lot of fast guys going to at regular jobs every day because they didn’t have everything else it took to play pro sports. Ross is not a good WR. He essentially did about the same as Roberts, and everyone wants Roberts gone. Get those visions of the 2015 pre season out of your head. He was about to be cut so he beat up on a bunch of 3rd stringers who did get cut. He didn’t make plays when he had the chance, and he had plenty. He could have shown us something when Jackson was out. Instead, he showed us what he’s not. A good wide receiver.

          There’s a guy like Rashad Ross in every single NFL training camp every single year. A guy who wants it real bad, who fans latch on to, and who could be such a good player if he just knew…. how to play.

  2. sidepull - Apr 3, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    Well another older S hits the market. Browns release Donte Whitner. So now floating out there is Whitner, Goldson and Nelson. Do the Redskins sign any of these guys? Out of the three I take Nelson because he can reasonably cover, then Whitnner and I never want to see Goldson in a Redskin uni again. I wish somebody would sign Goldson to just make the return here an impossibility. No disrespect to those who think Goldsons return would be an upgrade to the Redskins D.

    • Trey Gregory - Apr 3, 2016 at 1:38 PM

      I think it all depends on how much money they want man. I have to think they would have at least had Nelson in the building if he was willing to sign a 1-2 year contract at a reasonable price. I have to think Goldson would be back if he was willing to do the same.

      We don’t have a ton of cap space left with Davis’ deal, and the impending Cousins/Reed negotiations. We’re probably not signing any more guys if they’re asking for decent money. Releasing Roberts would help… But even then.

      • bangkokben - Apr 3, 2016 at 5:03 PM

        By my calculations, the ‘skins still have $10M+ on the cap with 74 players agreeing to contracts. A couple million will be used on the draft picks and they’ll top off the roster to 90 with undrafted free agents cutting and releasing some of the guys signed to future contracts after January. They may even spend another $200,000 in signing bonuses for the undrafted guys. Bottom line though, they’ll have $8M to play with after the draft. Extending Reed would likely eat into more than half of that but working a long-term deal with Cousins should get most of that back. However that is out of order. First, Cousins will be signed to a long-term deal before a deal with Reed is presented. As for safety, with three vets sitting out there, there is no rush to get one in. Again, I think the domino that needs to fall is signing Cousins to a long-term deal. The deadline is July 15 but I have suspected that a deal would get done closer to the draft. So, I’m in agreement with you. Unless the vets are looking at a one-year $4M deal, I don’t see the Redskins making a move and even then they can wait.

        • Trey Gregory - Apr 3, 2016 at 5:08 PM

          Yeah, the 1 year 4 mil deal is exactly what I was thinking of. No way McCloughan pays that. But then again… That Davis contract….

          I also wasn’t taking into account that a Cousins’ contract should free up 2016 cap space. That’s a good point.

          I also think Rich was correct when he speculated that McCloughan probably wants to roll some cap space into 2017 to resign our own players (which include Reed and Cousins). So we will see. I just like thinking about this stuff.

        • bangkokben - Apr 3, 2016 at 6:40 PM

          There may be some roll over. I’m sure they will want to roll over some but will have to hold on to a chunk for injured players and signing guys off the street. The big issue is that they appear to be playing out 2016 to determine their 2017 strategy.

          Right now their best players are on one-year contracts. Cousins, Reed, Garcon, Jackson, and Galette. Then there is Perry Riley and Will Compton who will also be free agents in 2017. So what if they have $65 Million in cap room if you need a QB, your top TE, your top two WRs, your starting mike linebacker, and an edge rusher.

          Depending on what they do in the next five months and we’ll see if 2016’s Redskins are in a one-year window or if their satisfied with the direction of the team and closer to putting on the finishing touches.

  3. colorofmyskinz - Apr 3, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    We need a center bad. We have had nothing but patch conversion since the Jeff Bostic years of 1981-1993. After 1993 we have had nothing but player conversions and hacks. We need a real starting center that specializes at center. And we need another running back or 2 to complement Jones.

    If we add center and RB depth, we could then run the ball as well as take it to the air, and become one of the most powerful offenses in football.

    With the receiving Corp of Reed, Davis, Paul, DJax, Garçon, Crowder, Grant, Roberts, Ross… Wow! Roberts probably getting released once he can pass physical. Then add another BIG WR from draft wow!

    If we get a center and RB depth that can add to that air assault… UNSTOPPABLE!

    • Mr.moneylover - Apr 3, 2016 at 8:48 AM

      A.Boldin is still in the mix…but that wouldn’t mean they won’t target a WR in the draft…I don’t think Scot M. Thinks Ryan grant is a lock as much as jay gruden think he is…Jamison Crowder came right in an did way more then Andre Roberts did since he join the redskins… if redskins see another WR that they think can come in and play right away I think they gonna draft that guy but I don’t think it will be the first pick…O-line Ryan Kelly is my first round if Andrew Billings off the board when we pick

  4. garg8050 - Apr 3, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    If this is truly the case, then why wouldn’t they go ahead and agree to a long-term deal? Something with an average of around $19-20 million a year, 4 yrs for $75-80 million, $40 million guaranteed? Get the deal done now, or risk having to pay him $23-24 million per next year. The franchise tag goes up 20% so you’re looking at $24 million per.

    I’m still holding out hope they can get a long-term deal done before the July deadline, and free up the franchise tag up for Reed in case they need it next year.

    • Trey Gregory - Apr 3, 2016 at 5:36 PM

      That’s the exact question and thought process many of us have.

      I assume they think they’re playing it safe. Trying not to get Nick Foles-ed. Or maybe they think Cousins can be good, not great. So they want to show him his success depends on having a solid team around him so he will take less money.

      I don’t know. I’m not thrilled with how the Cousins negotiations have gone so far. But it’s hard to criticize until there actually done or without knowing exactly what went on.

      • Trey Gregory - Apr 3, 2016 at 5:37 PM

        Oops- They’re* actually done

      • shermanp79 - Apr 3, 2016 at 8:11 PM

        What is the reality of the money difference. Lets say Cousins wont take 18M a year now so wants 20M?? If he has a great year the deal then looks more like 22-23M a year. Is that really that much of a difference ?? Not really with how the CAP will grow again. I have been a Cousins supporter from the start but having him prove it again makes sense. The money is so far out of whack now, a guy starts 7 games and gets 18M a year.

        If you make a mistake then a team is crippled for 2-3 years. So I’m OK with it. They can Franchise him again.

        • Trey Gregory - Apr 3, 2016 at 8:28 PM

          No. The money isn’t really THAT big of a difference. Especially with the cap improving. But if going to 22-23 mil from 20 isn’t that big of a difference then why was going from 16 to 18-19 mil so hard?

          It’s just that we, maybe, could have locked him in around 18-19 mil (plus the details of guaranteed money, length of contract, and the 2016 cap hit). So there’s a 5-6 mil difference there. And we would have that price for a couple years as the cap continues to go up.

          It’s nit picking. But that’s one big free agent or a couple little free agents right that. That’s resigning one of our own guys or having to let him walk. That’s Junior Galette right there. Probably enough to sign Nelson right there. Every little bit helps.

          We might have just been able to set this all aside, plus free up the franchise tag for Reed in 2017, if we just wouldn’t have messed around offering him 12.5 mil and got it done before Bradford and Osweiler. Now, if there’s a deal, we’re paying more because the market is set.

          And of course there’s the positive of not being in a long term deal if Cousins backslides. But this is the going rate for QBs in 2016. I don’t think it would cripple us. If Cousins doesn’t really progress, and maybe even backslides a little, would you want him cut? Then return to the FA/high draft pick crap shoot?

          I personally think, at his worst, he’s good enough to play 2-3 years while we wait for the right guy to fall to us in the draft. Then we could develop the kid, instead of rushing him out before he’s ready, while Cousins wins 7-8 games a year being slightly overpaid. I can live with that. I know a lot of people disagree, but even average QBs are hard to find. There’s no guarantee we get anyone better than Cousins, for years, if we let him go. I say pay him, hope he’s great, but constantly look for the next guy just in case Cousins fails or gets hurt.

  5. Mr.moneylover - Apr 3, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    Like I said before no excuses for kirk cousins not to have a good season if not a great season next year…I just hope that kid is prepping for this season now so he can get better

    • garg8050 - Apr 3, 2016 at 9:47 AM

      Sounds like he is. Either he already has or is going to spend more time with Jon Gruden. Just having all of the 1st team reps all the way thru OTAs and the minicamps, plus training camp should be a huge boost for him heading into the season. I think he’ll have a good year. Statistically maybe not as good, as I’m hoping the running game will have improved. But he should still be good on 3rd downs and should still have a very good TD/Int ratio.

  6. MIKE REESE - Apr 3, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    We are looking good and if everyone stays healthy we can have a great season! HTTR

  7. zatoichi7 - Apr 3, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    vernon davis has not been a receiving threat at all the last two years. at this point the best receiving te on the roster who used to be a 49er is derek carrier. i don’t consider davis another weapon for cousins, but he could help, primarily in the run game.

    • Mr.moneylover - Apr 3, 2016 at 10:49 AM

      Collin kapernick production was declining and when Vernon Davis went to Denver he didn’t have a bigger role then what he will have with the redskins he’s gonna be a good pick…he did what he was told to do and he did it he said with the redskins he finally get the chance to show he can still play at a high level…getting traded mid season ppl don’t understand how difficult that is…then you had drama in the 49ers organization not knowing if your head coach will be fired when you got something good going and you on record saying that they shouldn’t fire jim H. Then he end up getting fire that’s alot for a player…we as redskins fans should know when the organization is out of sync and how it effects the players and they attitude

      • zatoichi7 - Apr 3, 2016 at 7:11 PM

        you make some valid points, but kaepernick threw 19 td passes in 2014 and davis caught only two of them, both in the first week of the season. he caught no td passes at all last year. that’s not a lot of production for a supposed end zone threat. i hope that he successfully revives his career in washington, but i’m not counting on it. right now, it’s a stretch to say that the acquisition of davis is putting cousins in a position to be successful. but maybe.

  8. skinsgame - Apr 3, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    I thought they gave Davis a meek contract with little guarantees and laden with incentives and I thought he’d still have to show up and win a spot. Boy was j wrong.

    • skinsgame - Apr 3, 2016 at 10:14 AM


    • Mr.moneylover - Apr 3, 2016 at 10:54 AM

      They gave him the kinda contract that he will have a big part in the offense behind Jordan reed and he can get more depending on how he play…I think the Jordan & Vernon tight end duo will be very underrated and get unnoticed entering the season

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 3, 2016 at 11:10 AM

      GM McGlue is loyal to his guys.

      Might mean his free agents don’t always turn out, but on the other hand, he wants to build a culture here.

      Maybe McGlue-style players will appreciate that and it builds on itself?

  9. Jlb12300 - Apr 3, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    We were week against good defenses last year. New o-line, questionable play calling and a lot of missed big plays by Kirk. All of this should get better in 16. The run game is a very big issue this year and the future or our receiver core. At least 2 picks need to go to rb or wr. The defense can have the rest.

  10. John - Apr 3, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    Kirk will be fine. We need a running back with a style that contrasts with Jones running style. We need a young receiver that can make plays and eventually replace Garcon or Jackson. Davis will be fine. He had Kapernick and the great Gabbert throwing to him the last 2 years. Not exactly something to write home about. Gabbert is a flop and Kapernick is known more for his running. Let’s not forget Davis going to Denver late in the season at the last minute and having to learn new terminology, etc. How much can he be expected to do?

    Defense needs to improve big time. Hope we can land some solid bodies for the line. That’s where it all starts. A solid safety would be good as well but hard to come by. Enough about another Sean Taylor. Great player whose life was cut short by thugs. Guys like that don’t grow on trees.

    A center would be nice but not in round one. Several should be available in rounds 3 and 4. A developmental QB in later rounds like the kid at USC would be nice.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 3, 2016 at 4:15 PM

      Yes, I like that center from Michigan, Graham Glasgow.

      Would rather see us get him on the 2nd day than use our 1st round pick on Ryan Kelly.

  11. Coop - Apr 3, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    Don’t forget who cousin works out with
    WWDBD…..(what would drew breed do)

    • Trey Gregory - Apr 3, 2016 at 5:40 PM

      Um. I must have missed that story. Kirk and Drew workout together?

      • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 3, 2016 at 6:46 PM

        So I gazoogled Brees workout. Todd Durkin?

        • Trey Gregory - Apr 3, 2016 at 8:16 PM

          Yeah. I’ve read a few articles about Brees and Sproles being workout nuts (I have a lot of Sants fans friends). I’ve just never heard that Kirk and Drew work together. I googled “Kirk Cousins Drew Brees workout,” and didn’t find anything. I didn’t look too hard, but it didn’t pop right up.

          There’s quite a few comparisons to Cousins and Brees though. Which is a little ridiculous. Cousins is my guy and I’m excited for his future. That just seems premature. But it would be awesome if Cousins’ career does take that trajectory.

  12. hail74 - Apr 3, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    Replaying the skins vs Bears game and the first thing Daryl Johnston said was he wanted to see how the interior of the line played after getting blitzed like crazy by Dallas the week before. His quote” if you can’t defend the guard center guard area then it doesn’t matter about the skill players because you’ll never get the ball to them.” Another point he made brings more sense to the Davis signing. That they were using Compton and Nyske as blockers too much and basically telling the D we were going to run.

    • Trey Gregory - Apr 3, 2016 at 8:11 PM

      Absolutely to both of those things.

      Paul and Paulson going down really, really hurt our run game. We telegraphed the run every time we trotted Compton out there. The thing is, Paul and Paulson are back, and Carrier should be eventually. So I initially loved the Davis signing until I saw the contract. He’s not the old Davis. But he’s still the tallest receiver on the roster, a decent blocker, and doesn’t have to be his old self if we just send him out for a pass a couple times a game. But with the money we’re paying him: Scot obviously believes he can be a version of his old self. I just think Niles Paul is plenty good enough to have spent that money somewhere else.

      The interior OLine thing. Yeah. That goes for both O and Dlines. But Scherff should be better and Lavau should be back. Then Lavau, Long, and Kouandjo should be very good competition for LG. We have a pretty stout OLine already. Without any draft picks we still have Leribus, Long, and Kory L to compete for center. Maybe the last round Austin Reiter too. We’ve invested a lot into the offensive line the past couple years. It might be straight up neglectful to the rest of the team (especially the Dline) to use our high picks there again. I love building stout lines, but we have two, and there are still other positions that matter.

      • John - Apr 5, 2016 at 3:03 PM

        Now that they have a better feel for what Cousins is able to do well and not so good at, they’ll be able to tailor the offense to his strengths. More play action and boot as well as empty backfields and 3 wrs, a te and single back, spreading the field working mismatches.

        Key in the running game will be to get a back that complements Jones but has a contrasting running style with some shake and bake. Man I wish they would have brought in Reggie Bush last off season.

    • hotpicksblog - Apr 3, 2016 at 8:41 PM

      Most of the time this past season I knew when the Redskins were going to run and when they were going to pass…and it had nothing to do with WHO was in blocking. It had everything to do with the playcalling. Gruden or whoever became very very predictable. Outside of the 2 minute warning, virtually every single time that the Redskins would pass on 1st down….they would immediately follow up with a 2nd down run. Time after time. Same thing over and over. Of course MOST of the time it was a run on first down usually followed up with a pass if no yardage was gained…but almost every single time that they threw on 1st down….they ran on 2nd down.

      I am disappointed that Scott M did not catch that and point that out to Gruden very early in the year. It wasn’t until later in the year that that pattern changed.

      • wvredskins - Apr 3, 2016 at 11:09 PM

        Well when you don’t have a run game at all its kinda hard to not be predictable. But I would agree with you for most of the season. The last few games I saw the play calling take a huge step in the right direction when they finally started relying on kirk more by showing more faith and wasn’t as predictable. I believe after the Dallas game (the one we lost) against the bears is when it started to change for the game.

        • Trey Gregory - Apr 4, 2016 at 1:53 AM

          I thought the improved playcalling was a direct result of Gruden trusting Cousins more and more. He opened up the playbook later in the season or only when he was forced to earlier in the season (like late against the Falcons.) I think Gruden wanted to ease Cousins into the starting role so he sent out some pretty vanilla playcalling for a while

        • John - Apr 5, 2016 at 3:14 PM

          They started opening up more in the Tampa game and also as Crowder became more of an option and when everyone, including Jackson was on the field. There was no deep game until Jackson came back. None of the others can get the deep ball like he does.

          Some say, “we could have used Ross on deep routes”. Ross is fast but he is no Jackson. Speed is one thing. Blowing by everyone and tracking the ball down while its in the air is another thing all together.

          2 examples: The bomb vs. the Giants (Jackson) at home and the “catch and run” (Ross) against Dallas in Dallas. Without Jackson, the bomb would never have happened.

  13. zatoichi7 - Apr 3, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    run game has got to improve this year, on both sides of the ball. number one priority, in my opinion.

  14. Nick G - Apr 3, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    They need a running game. I personally don’t like the moves the Redskins are making.

  15. hotpicksblog - Apr 3, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    what is this fascination some of you have with freeing up cap space this year. Perhaps you don’t follow closely enough…but the big name high dollar free agent signing period is OVER. Even if the Skins had 12-14 million in space what good would it do for this year? Signing Cousins to lower his cap to 15 million this season really does nothing for the 2016 team.

    • Trey Gregory - Apr 3, 2016 at 9:45 PM

      Well, I would like to see Jordan Reed get a new deal before the season. So we need room for that. Another safety would be nice too. There are still a couple guys out there worth signing at the right price. Then you never know who will hit the market later. Like Galette last year. There’s always final cuts. Or injuries that happen in camp so that we have to bring in a guy like Blackmon last year.

      But, and this is a big one, if you have some spare cap room you can roll a certain amount over into the 2017 season. We will have plenty of guys to pay in 2017.

      The Reed, safety, and 2017 cap space are big reasons for why we want to free up more room.

  16. hotpicksblog - Apr 3, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    here’s the good thing about limited free agent signings…and lots of guys on one year contracts…this is a Prove it or Lose it year. If the Skins finish with a losing record, then the “sign our own guys” philosophy is going to be kicked out the door and the Skins will be big time bidders next year for big time talent….because with cuts they should have about 45 million American Dollars to spend on talent. Just Cousins, Culliver, and Davis already account for a 32 Million dollar Cap hit this season. With 6 or 7 more prove it or lose it guys this year the pressure is going to be on to perform. Its either WIN…or we could see a virtual rebuild next season on Defense, QB, and at the wide receiver spot.

    I am hoping for the WIN scenario…..

  17. Lee Knight1 - Apr 4, 2016 at 12:02 AM

    Cousin is still not a good quarter back he have not beat a winning team yet

    • Rich Tandler - Apr 4, 2016 at 7:36 AM

      Whereas, of course, the Redskins without Cousins have been beating teams with winning records left and right.

      Oh, wait, they haven’t.

    • John - Apr 5, 2016 at 11:14 AM

      Oh, but we beat so many good teams with Robert and Colt. We should go beg Cleveland to give us Robert so we can have the soap opera all over again. No thanks.

      Kirk and the team will beat good teams this year. Its not all on the QB alone.

    • John - Apr 5, 2016 at 11:27 AM

      A lot of people probably thought that of Joe Theisman, until the Skins won Super Bowl 17 with him and then went back to Super Bowl 18. Oh but then he sucked, right?

    • John - Apr 5, 2016 at 11:28 AM

      Another Robert worshiper heard from. Go to Cleveland.

  18. kenboy99 - Apr 4, 2016 at 7:26 AM

    Draft a center with that 2nd or 3rd round pick.

  19. Bahaa - Apr 4, 2016 at 8:06 AM

    They were 29th per rush in the NFL because they were 28th in the NFL per completion. Despite playing a historacally soft schedule only 3 games against winning teams all lost….. The success of last year has more to do with the historacally soft schedule than it does with cousins…… They failed miserable against every good tackling team they faces. The offense is to YAK dependent.

  20. troylok - Apr 4, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    I think it would have made sense to release Garcon and sign one of the bigger, younger receivers on the market. The Redskins have gone a long time without a big-body, possession receiver. Yes, you could say Reed is that guy but his thing really isn’t getting up high as much as it is being a human vacuum cleaner whenever the ball is in his area. I also think it makes mountains of sense to draft a center in the second round.

    • Trey Gregory - Apr 4, 2016 at 10:59 AM

      I kind of agree. I would much rather keep Garcon and dump Desean. Then go for one of the younger free agents. Desean has a bad attitude, makes bonehead plays, is very one dimensional, and gets hurt a lot. Garcon stays on the field, is a very reliable receiver, and makes tough catches that would place Jackson in the ICU.

      But yeah. We need to get younger and longer at WR. I’ll be surprised if one of our top 3 picks isn’t a lengthy receiver

      • John - Apr 5, 2016 at 11:23 AM

        Much better to keep around a dependable Garcon than try to replace him with a just expensive free agent. Draft a guy with an eye on him being Garçon’s successor at a lower cap figure. Same for Jackson next season.

    • bangkokben - Apr 4, 2016 at 3:05 PM

      Who? The problem with this reasoning is that there isn’t really what you’re looking for. Anyone in this category would be a big risk and net virtually no savings.

      • Trey Gregory - Apr 4, 2016 at 3:20 PM

        @Bang: I agree it’s easier to say we should do something than to actually do it. But there were a few receivers I would have liked to see us at least try and get to replace Desean. Muhammad Sanu for example. Signed a deal averaging around 7 mil (less than Desean’s 2016 cap hit) and he’s making around 2 mil in 2016. And at 6’2 I believe he would be the tallest wide receiver on the team. Not exactly Megatron, but he’s talented, younger, and certainly longer than Desean.

        Wouldn’t have minded trying to get Jermain Kearse either. Not the lengthy guy I want, but he would be a good replacement for Garcon in 2017. He’s tough and makes those hard catches. Also seems to have a hunger and passion about him. Not elite, but doesn’t require elite money.

        I’m obviously not a DJax fan, at all. The guy is a good complimentary piece but not versatile enough to be a good #1. He’s always hurt, consistently makes bonehead plays, is inconsistent with other play, and makes more headlines off the field than on it. Just judging off what we see, he seems to believe he’s already an elite receiver and simply needs to show up to be great. I disagree and would rather him be a cancer to someone else’s locker room. Would you really be comfortable with a first or second round rookie WR getting mentorship from Desean Jackson? It’s terrifying to me.

        If we love the speedy guys so much, we can draft Corey Coleman and replace a Desean. He’s way more versitile (only based on college) anyway. But we’re still going to need length. With Desean or not.

        • bangkokben - Apr 4, 2016 at 4:17 PM

          I’d take Desean’s speed and ball tracking ability EVERYDAY over length. Jackson perhaps isn’t maximizing his talent but even then he provides both NFL teams he played with a dimension that is missed when it isn’t there. Kelly is coaching in San Fran because of fact that he thought he could simply replace Jackson. The idea that Sanu, Kearse, or anyone out there could replace Jackson, I find absolutely laughable. Pure risk and speculation because of Jacksons diva-ness. I’m not even a Jackson fan but until there is a legit #1 option OR his contract his up, I’m playing with the “devil I know” before the “devil I don’t know.” Sure Jackson isn’t a number one but a number two isn’t an upgrade and doesn’t open up the offense and neither does just plain speed. Archives

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