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Better or worse, Kirk Cousins in ugly statistical company among NFL QBs


Better or worse, Kirk Cousins in ugly statistical company among NFL QBs

Depending who you ask, Kirk Cousins has either been just what the Redskins needed at QB or a bit of a disappointment. Against Philadelphia, Cousins led the Redskins on a game-winning fourth quarter drive. Against Atlanta, Cousins played well enough to have the Redskins in position for an overtime win, until an interception went the other way for a TD and a loss.

Through five games, Cousins has thrown five touchdowns compared to six interceptions along with more than 1,200 yards. Judging a quarterback on statistics alone is a tricky business, as numbers can present different stories depending what analytics get pulled, and QB play goes far beyond the box score. But looking at Cousins numbers, it's hard to find much to be excited about. 

He's tied for the third-most interceptions in the NFL, along with players like Ryan Fitzpatrick and Sam Bradford. That said, Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning each have seven INTs on the year, or one more than Cousins.


Some NFL analysts like to look at yards per completion as a key stat to measure QB play. If you're a Cousins supporter, don't look. Cousins averages 9.7 yards per completion, or good for next to last among all NFL quarterbacks. Is some of that the conservative offense the Redskins have played through five games? Absolutely. Is some of that the loss of deep threat DeSean Jackson? Certainly. But Cousins has also missed some throws that could go for big gains, or more frequently, connected on a pass where the WR must reach back or slow momentum to get to the ball. The slightest miscalculation of a pass can have great costs on playmakers getting the ball in step and getting upfield. 

The NFL attempted to come up with one stat to measure quarterbacks that combines yardage, interceptions and more, called QB Rating. (Full definition here) A useful stat, again, it's not very kind to Cousins. Through five games, Cousins has a QB Rating of 81.9, nearly 40 points behind the NFL leader Tom Brady. Cousins ranks No. 25 in the league in rating, behind journeymen like Brandon Weeden and Josh McCown or a former backup like Tyrod Taylor.  

For many that believe Cousins has played well in 2015 for the Redskins, the numbers present a different perspective, with some shocking names ranked above him. But for the Cousins supporters, a category that certainly includes Jay Gruden, Super Bowl winner Joe Flacco ranks one spot behind Cousins in QB Rating with an 80.7. Future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning? He's in at 77.3. What about Andrew Luck, the nexty NFL golden boy? So far this season - while dealing with injury - next to last in the league with a 65.1.

Do the numbers tell the story for Cousins? Let us know what you think in the comments. 

Stats courtesy Pro Football

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Free agent, former Redskins linebacker Junior Galette considering retirement

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Free agent, former Redskins linebacker Junior Galette considering retirement

Free-agent Junior Galette has been offered deals with multiple teams this offseason, but the eight-year veteran linebacker hasn't signed anything because he's considering retirement as well. 

In an Instagram post Sunday, Galette — who has been with the Redskins since 2015 but only played in the 2017 season because of injuries — wrote that he's simply not sure if he wants to continue playing football. 

He said, on Instagram: "The real reason I haven’t signed is because I’ve contemplated retiring. I have 3 Deals Currently on the table and will Plan Accordingly. All my fans i promise this will be my Best I’m not saying nothing else God Bless All I’m BACK".

Galette signed with the Redskins in the 2015 offseason, but he missed both that season and the 2016 one because of multiple Achilles injuries. He played in all 16 Washington games in 2017 and finished the season with 20 total tackles and three sacks. 

Prior to signing with the Redskins, Galette was with the New Orleans Saints for the first five seasons of his career. In 2013 and 2014 — his best seasons, by far, stats wise — he combined for 87 total tackles and 22 sacks, plus two safeties.


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Need to Know: Redskins player one-liners, offense

Need to Know: Redskins player one-liners, offense

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, May 21, one day before the Washington Redskins start OTAs.  

Redskins player one-liners, offense

A few weeks ago, I did an early projection of the Redskins’ 53-man roster on offense and defense. As the team gets ready for OTAs here is a comment on each player expected to make the team on offense; the defense will be up tomorrow. 


—It seems likely that Alex Smith will jump right into the leadership role on the offense, unlike his predecessor, who often seemed to be a reluctant leader. 

—Since Smith has missed a few games with injuries here and there, the chances of the team needing Colt McCoy to come in and win a key game are greater than they were the past three years. 

Kevin Hogan has from now until the end of the season to show that he can be a viable No. 2 quarterback to help ensure that he has a job here in 2019. 

Running backs

—It’s been a while around here since expectations were this high for a player picked late in the second round but Derrius Guice will try to meet them. 

Chris Thompson could be ready to participate in OTAs but look for him to get a very light workload if he puts on a helmet at all. 

—If Rob Kelley wants to be a regular on the 46-man game day inactive list he will have to play a lot of special teams, something he has done sparingly in his two years in the league. 

—Since the team likely will monitor Guice’s workload as a rookie, Samaje Perine will get some carries in key situations this year. 

Wide receivers

—While Josh Doctson does need to get more chances to use his huge catch radius and take balls away from defenders, he also could benefit by working to get more separation on a regular basis. 

—Smith was one of the best deep ball throwers in the league last year and if he is going to maintain that status he will need to look for Paul Richardson at least a few times per game. 

—After his play leveled off in his second and third years in the league, will Jamison Crowder have a contract year breakout? 

—It will be interesting to see what Maurice Harris can do if he stays healthy and get some consistent playing time. 

—Will Trey Quinn be a project or will the last pick in the draft have some instant impact on the offense? 

Tight ends

—​Jordan Reed could be an All-Pro or he could be a cap casualty in 2019. 

—The numbers say that Vernon Davis needs to have Reed on the field to be consistently productive; he had no more than two receptions in any of the last six games. 

—​Jeremy Sprinkle will be relied upon to block and play special teams and anything he produces in the receptions department will be a bonus. 

Offensive line

—After making the Pro Bowl while dealing with a serious knee injury last year, who knows what Trent Williams can accomplish if he can, you know, practice during the week.

—Right now Shawn Lauvao is the Redskins’ starter at left guard but a trade or free agent signing could change that in a heartbeat.

—Jay Gruden has a great deal of confidence in Chase Roullier as the starting center and the hope is that he keeps the job for many years to come. 

—Will Brandon Scherff take the next step and attain All-Pro status?

—​Morgan Moses dealt with injuries to both ankles last year, but he was the only offensive lineman who didn’t miss at least two starts.

—If I had to bet right now I’d say that Ty Nsekhe will start the season as the backup tackle on both sides and not as the starting left guard. 

—As long as Nsekhe is the swing tackle, Geron Christin is likely to be inactive on game days. 

—​Tyler Catalina will have to battle his way onto the roster but his ability to play both guard and tackle will land him on the 53. 

—​Tony Bergstrom is the answer to the question, “Who is the Redskins backup center?”

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Days until:

—Minicamp (6/12) 22
—Training camp starts (7/26) 67
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 81

The Redskins last played a game 140 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 112 days. 

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