A widely respected talent evaluator, NFL Network's Mike Mayock offered a strong receomendation of Kirk Cousins in 2016. Suddenly, that's a lot more interesting.
"I do believe Kirk Cousins is the quarterback of the Redskins for the future and I think a lot of that is philosophically, he aligns perfectly with what Jay Gruden wants to do. So yeah I do believe he’s the guy."
Mayock's comments came on a conference call with reporters prior to the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine. At that time, remember, there was some question if Cousins could repeat his stellar 2015 performance. Eventually, those questions led Cousins to play the 2016 season on the franchise tag, as he and the Redskins were unable to get a long-term deal done.
A year later, Cousins is again signed to a franchise tag, this time for $24 million and questions remain if the team and the quarterback can get a multi-year deal done. Cousins more than proved himself in 2016, throwing for nearly 5,000 yards and almost getting the Redskins in the playoffs for a second straight season.
Mayock's comments come under brighter lights now as reports of his candidacy for the Redskins vacant general manager job circulate.
NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock has emerged as a candidate to become Washington’s general manager, sources tell @FieldYates and me.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 10, 2017
Should Mayock get the job, it's important to know he believes in the Redskins passer. Perhaps that could help in getting a long-term deal done. Perhaps.
More Mayock on Cousins:
"I think the result is that we only have 10 or 12 franchise quarterbacks. We don’t take the time to develop them. So this kid got some time and then he got a head coach that believed in him, Jay Gruden, and what he does well matches up with what Jay Gruden wants to do. So I think it was the confluence of a smart, tough kid, along with a coach that believed in him and an offense that fits him and he’s taken advantage of it."
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