Washington fans have been preaching that Kirk Cousins is a franchise quarterback all offseasaon. Cousins started all 16 games last year and put up serviceable stats. Over 4,000 yards. 29 touchdown passes. Not awful, but to those outside the beltway the debate if Cousins is a top tier quarterback, or just a lookalike, is still raging.
At home against the Steelers on Monday Night, Cousins didn’t look like Big Ben’s equal, he looked like an understudy. The Steelers smoked the Redskins 31 – 16, and it was clear that Roethlisberger was in a class that Cousins doesn’t seem capable of reaching. In his last five games against teams with winning records from 2015, Cousins is 0 – 5 with 4 TD’s and 6 picks, including a season ending playoff loss to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers at home.
Today in Read Between the Lines, Colin and Jason were asked if it’s too early to write off Cousins, or if they’ve seen enough to know that he’s not an elite signal caller.
Colin used the analogy of two models to compare Cousins and a quarterback of the caliber of a Roethlisberger. Cousins is doing black and white print work for a local department store, Big Ben is on the runway at Fashion Week.
“There’s all sorts of models, there are very few supermodels. The local model, she’s in a blurry print ad, advertising that blouse you can buy at Chico’s. The supermodel is Paris on a runway. Four quarterbacks last night, one supermodel. One guy with people draped on him, missing star players. On the Road.”
Jason McIntyre argued that it’s unfair to compare Cousins to sure-fire Hall of Famer Roethlisberger, but Cousins strong finish to end last year (19 TD 2 INT) shows there’s something there.
Whitlock wasn’t buying it. He doesn’t think Cousins is a supermodel, he doesn’t even think he’s an Instagram model. Throw the stats away, the eyes don’t lie. Cousins doesn’t have “it”.
“I’m not judging him on the scoreboard, or the stat sheet. i’m judging him on what I see, and what he’s capable of doing. He’s not the guy. His ceiling, if he were to reach his full potential, he could potentially be Andy Dalton. I don’t see it. He will not be Andy Dalton. He’s not a franchise quarterback.”
— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) September 13, 2016