Even when not prompted, former Washington Redskins Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien cannot help but compare newly acquired Alex Smith to Kirk Cousins. 

In the latest RedskinsTalk podcast, the topic at hand was the 1991 season, which was the last time the Redskins played in and won a Super Bowl. 

In the middle of a discussion about Mark Brunell and the 2005 season (approx 24:30 in to the episode), Rypien jumped to how he was excited for the addition of Alex Smith.

“I like Alex [Smith]. I think Alex can bring some stability to this, accountability in what he’s done. He’s a true professional on and off the field. I think that you’re going to see some great things out of him.  I can’t wait. He’s a wonderful, wonderful guy. I enjoy seeing him in Lake Tahoe every year, in a golf tournament, I’ll see him again this year and I think he’s going to do great things.”

Everything so far is right in-line with what anyone would expect from a former Redskin great. 

Of course, Smith is a nice, charitable guy. There is no one that has said anything to the contrary.

Then, Rypien brought up Cousins and how many times he beat Dallas. Turns out he is not too different from most Redskins' fans.

“More importantly we need someone to beat Dallas,” Rypien said. “Kirk struggled to do so, and I think Kirk did a lot of great things. Again, off the field, you maybe couldn’t ask for a better guy to represent the organization, but from the standpoint of winning playoff games, he fell short and you’ve got to move on.”


Against the Dallas Cowboys, Cousins was an abysmal 1-6. Although he has favorable statistics against their rivals with 12 touchdowns, five interceptions, and a 97.7 passer rating, wins are the most important stat. 

Smith might not be the guy to get it done though, considering he’s 1-2 against his new divisional opponent. 

To hear the full discussion with Rypien and his favorite memories of that historic 1991 season, check out the NEW Redskins talk below...