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How Good Is Kirk Cousins?

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I think most of us are a little high on Kirk Cousins coming off of his pinch-hit performance against Jacksonville. Maybe pump the brakes on that, though (via Bill Barnwell):

Of the 47 quarterbacks who threw 200 passes or more in the regular season and playoffs between 2012 and 2013, Cousins was 43rd in completion percentage and yards per attempt, 44th in passer rating, and 46th in interception rate. His rate numbers are an almost exact duplicate for Mark Sanchez’s final season as the starter in New York, when he completed 54.3 percent of his passes and averaged 6.4 yards per attempt. Cousins turns the ball over more frequently than Sanchez did that final year, and he didn’t even get attacked by any offensive linemen.

Mark Sanchez! That’s even worse than my go-to comp for Cousins, which is “poor man’s Andy Dalton.” It’s an even further cry from, say, young Matt Hasselbeck, which seems like the best-case scenario. I’m curious to get a gauge for what Redskins fans think, though …

D.C. sports fan and digital media guy that's been doing this since 2004. Once threw a football further than Chris Cooley.



  1. Taylor Adkins

    September 15, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Here’s the comparisons for Sanchez in years 3, 4 and 5 of his career. Yikes.

    3 Charlie Batch, Jim McMahon, Rick Mirer, Neil Lomax, Tim Couch, Mike Pagel, Marlin Briscoe, Tony Banks, Neil O’Donnell, Mark Rypien
    4 Mike Pagel, Charlie Batch, Vinny Testaverde, Sam Bradford, Rick Mirer, Marlin Briscoe, Tim Couch, Byron Leftwich, Joey Harrington, Rodney Peete
    5 Mike Pagel, Charlie Batch, Sam Bradford, Rick Mirer, Jon Kitna, Tom Flores, Bill Munson, Vince Young, Roman Gabriel, Byron Leftwich

  2. rg8

    September 15, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Of couse, if you’re comparing Sanchez to Cousins, you’re comparing a starting QB who got full reps in practice to a guy who got thrown into a game for 36 of his pass 203 pass attempts (18%) from 2012-2013.

    40% of his interceptions were thrown on one of those 36 relief-duty attempts. It’s hard to draw any definitive answers at this point due to a small sample size, but the more games Cousins plays the more it looks like those relief-duty games were outliers for whatever reason – didn’t have reps in practice, lack of chemistry with the WRs, trying to dig our team out of huge holes with high risk high reward throws, etc.

    If you exclude those 36 attempts from his statline, his career stats project out to the following over a 16 game season:

    374/640 for 4243 yards, 58.5% completions, 26 TDs, 19 INTs, 26 sacks, and 10 fumbles. Not too shabby for a young QB, and certainly nothing like the butt fumbler many would like to compare him to.

    • Jamie Mottram

      September 15, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      Good stuff. Puts him in Poor Man’s Andy Dalton territory with Young Matt Hasselbeck upside.

  3. Jim Ed

    September 15, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Interesting to see the numbers comparison. Anecodotally, I’ve been referring to him as Sex Cannon Jr. Lack of mobility in the pocket? Ability to place a nice ball if feet are set and not pressured? near compulsion to say ‘fuck it, I’m throwing it into triple coverage’ at least a few times per game? Yes, yes, and YES!

    • SiPhi

      September 15, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      That’s what I called him Sunday. Rex Grossman IV. You’ll get some awesome throws that are stupid but work, and you’ll get some stupid throws that are stupid and get picked off.

  4. Puttz

    September 15, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Cousins career stats are far worse that 2013 version of RGIII. All those who wanted Cousins over RGIII can start working on their justification come week 8 when the Skins are 2-5.

    I think Cousins compares nicely to Chad Henne

    • SiPhi

      September 15, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      Chad Henne haha. I think we’ll be 3 and 4. He’ll get one of the NFC East games and maybe the Titans. I’m going to guess Griff goes IR designated to return and comes back in 6-7 weeks, then leads us to about an 8-8ish record.

      • SiPhi

        September 16, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        Just realized we already used it, so no IRDR

  5. Illformula

    September 15, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    No need to speculate; we now have the opportunity to see what he can or can’t be. He’s got an excellent opportunity with the East being down and the roster being stronger than before.

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