All of DC is abuzz with quarterback fever! What a difference a year makes now that we have two good ones. Admittedly, I was getting a bit queasy seeing Rex Grossman hovering around the quarterback huddle on Sunday. Don’t let that guy anywhere near our new prized possessions because everyone knows with Rex you are only one play away from disaster.
Taking an honest assessment of Kirk Cousins debut, you’d have to say it was impressive but not without a few rookie blunders. The first half interception that set up the Browns with a short field was a bad read and a worse throw, and on a few plays Cousins got his footwork all messed up and delivered a couple of 55-foot fastballs. The good news is that the Redskins offensive coaching staff devised a brilliant game plan for the first-time starter from Michigan State. The Browns were determined to shut down the Skins running game and Kyle Shanahan countered with misdirection and bootlegs that worked great. Cousins was particularly effective on the play action bootlegs and showed good foot speed on a few scrambles for first downs. Skins fans had to be giddy with the performance and the 38-21 victory.
Going forward I’m wondering how Mike Shanahan is going to manage with these two rookies. I can’t imagine with a healthy RG3, they’ll be able or want to keep Cousins on the sideline because of his trade value. The guy needs reps and has a huge upside potential. If they could get one more year out of him as a back up and deal him after 2014 for some defensive help, the team would be able to recoup some of the cost of the RG3 deal.
A quick open note to all Redskins backs and receivers with the last names of Garcon or Moss: When you make a good or outstanding play, GIVE THE DAMN BALL BACK TO THE REFEREE and get back to the huddle. This spinning the ball on the ground garbage makes you look like an idiot and hurts the team. Gaining a simple first down is not a Herculean accomplishment. Act like you’ve done it before. HTTR.