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The Blue & Gray Press | December 18, 2017

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Kirk Cousins: the franchise quarterback nobody wants

Kirk Cousins: the franchise quarterback nobody wants

By WILL BRORSEN

The Washington Redskins finished the 2016-17 regular season with a record of 8-7- 1 and failed to make the NFL playoffs, yet again. The Redskins have not made a playoff appearance since 2015.

To make things worse for Redskins fans, their rival, the Dallas Cowboys were crowned the NFC East Champions. Following this heartbreak of yet another postseason less season, some fans have been quick to blame pro-bowl quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Unfortunately they argue that the organization should part ways with their starting quarterback. Although some Skins fans believe that Kirk Cousins failed to prove that he should get re-signed by Washington during the NFL offseason, Cousins’ potential is too great to shrug off like another Robert Griffin III. Since he was named starter, Cousins has a better QB rating (99.3) than Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers (98.6). Those who do not want Cousins to get resigned say he is not “elite enough.”

Tom Brady has been crowned “Greatest of All Time” after coming back to stun the Falcons in the Super Bowl to earn his fifth ring, as well as for passing the great Dan Marino in passing yards in the NFL. Brady threw for 3,554 yards and 28 touchdowns this season, while Cousins threw for 4,917 yards and 25 touchdowns. “I don’t know what Kirk has to do as a quarterback to prove that he belongs in the National Football League as a starter” Jay Gruden said moments after the Washington Redskins season-ending loss to division foes, the New York Giants. “I think he had a great year.”

As it is believed by many analysts around the NFL, Washington is expected to keep the fifth year quarterback from Michigan State, whereas another big question, if they do decide to keep him around, is if it is with a long term-contract or if they will give him another franchise tag, like they had this past season. The franchise tag for Cousins for this past season acted as a one-year 20 million dollar contract.

Where Washington goes from here is all a waiting game. For D.C. sports fans, the majority would like to see their franchise record-setting quarterback stick around for a few more years and see where he can take this young team with all its potential.