The man is good enough to start for a team, but he’s the backup for arguably the top player entering his second year in the league. This is the dilemma of Kirk Cousins.
He has not showed his full potential (only two starts, and a backup to RGIII) to alter coach Shanahan’s thoughts on the starting job, which will probably never happen. Cousins is Michigan State’s all-time passing leader with 723 completions 9131 passing yards. He was among the Big Ten’s top ten in completion percentage (tied for 6th).
Cousins was drafted in the 4th round unexpectedly – nobody expected him to be selected by Washington. The topic of why the Redskins drafted two quarterbacks is a big controversy, because they had already got their franchise guy in RGIII with the 2nd overall pick. But they drafted two QBs anyway, sort of like an insurance policy for RGIII.
Cousins took full advantage of his chances when Griffin was hurt. Cousins helped finish off the comeback against Baltimore. He then played a full game against Cleveland going 26-37 for 329 yards passing in his first career start. Cousins played well and exhibited poise and composure throughout his short-lived opportunities, which are reasons for his success.
Cousins is efficient enough to start. Word is that he’s running the pistol formation in OTAs just in case Griffin is not able. The Redskins witnessed that Cousins can be clutch in crunch time. They are perfectly fine if he plays they believe in him enough.
Cousins isn’t just phenomenal on the field, but off of it as well. Cousins recently released his biography book called “Game Changer”. The book talks about his life story and the rookie season in the NFL. It also displays how devout of a Christian he is.
Cousins can be a viable starter in this league – he is just waiting for that opportunity. I believe the best fit for him would be Minnesota. Christian Ponder hasn’t been effective, and Cousins will be able to maximize the talent of new weapons such as Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson.
Next offseason, a team is likely to trade for him. He’s just waiting for an opportunity to compete, and it most likely won’t be in Washington.