For years Colin Cowherd has gone out of his way to insult D.C. sports, and John Wall in particular. Cowherd was up to his usual DMV trolling, but this time his target was Kirk Cousins.
Cowherd got on the topic of Cousins by pointing out that the Jets were being prudent not paying lavish sums of money to QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.
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"Kirk Cousins in Washington, be very, very careful," Cowherd said (courtesy 106.7 the Fan).
If you look at Kirk Cousins, I can give you two numbers: Got ’em to the playoffs, 70 percent completion rate! Okay, let’s give it some context, they won the NFC East, which was — of all the divisions last year — the biggest disaster in the NFL. Romo got hurt, Sam Bradford and Chip Kelly didn’t work and New York’s best defender blew his hand off. Chaos.So, let’s look at the division that the Washington Redskins won, because that’s the big thing now: 70 percent completion rate, won a division! The division was grease fire.
Who did he beat late in the season? Buffalo, out of the playoffs. Philadelphia, that quit on Chip Kelly. That was his last game. And Dallas was starting something called Kellen Moore. It was their 13th quarterback used in like a month. So, let’s put it in context - when he actually got a home playoff game against Green Bay, routed at home. So don’t tell me wins make a franchise quarterback.
This argument isn't new in Washington. In fact, this argument might be the entire basis the Redskins did not give Cousins a multi-year deal this offseason. But then Cowherd said this:
So I’ll give the New York Jets credit. I’ll give ’em some credit. They’re the only NFL team going in without a quarterback and they’re saying, ‘All right. We’re not going to make a bad decision because there’s never a right time to do the wrong thing.
Uh, Colin, isn't that exactly what the Redskins did? Granted, Cousins will make $20 million this year as a function of the franchise tag, but Washington absolutely did not rush into a decision on their quarterback. 'Skins GM Scot McCloughan made the prudent move to let Cousins prove his worth this season, and it may cost the team more next year, but Washington's stance with Cousins and the Jets position with Fitzpatrick are quite similar.
But don't let that get in the way of a good troll job.
Cowherd then went on to place Cousins in a tier of QBs called "absolute fools gold" and compared him to guys like Brock Osweiler, Ryan Tannehill and Andy Dalton. Of the "fool's gold" tier, Cowherd said, "they’re not going to be stars, they’ve never been stars, they never will be stars, but they’re being paid like stars."
Again, Cousins is being paid handsomely for one season, but the 'Skins did not offer the extended money and corresponding salary cap trauma that Tannehill and Osweiler received. And lest we forget, Cousins performed significantly better than either Osweiler or Tannehill last season, his first as a starter.
But don't let facts get in the way.