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Kirk Cousins By The Numbers


When a team makes a player the highest paid player at his position for the year there are going to be high expectations.  When that team is the Washington Redskins and that player is Kirk Cousins we had better like that.  More importantly, Scot McCloughan had better like that or we’ll be back on the quarterback search trail.  But what does Cousins have to do for Scot McCloughan to like that?  There were things Cousins did exceptionally well last season.  But when you’re paying a player like a top five player at his position, even if it’s on the franchise tag, he needs to perform as such.  Did Cousins?  Let’s take a look.

The Good:

7th in Completions but outside top ten in attempts.
7th in Passing Yards Per Attempt.
5th in Passer Rating.
Outside the top ten in Interceptions.
8th in Adjusted Yards Per Pass Attempt.
7th in Net Yards Per Pass Attempt.
8th in Adjusted Net Yards Per Pass Attempt.
10th in Pass Completions Per Game.
1st in Pass Completion Percentage.
7th in Sack Percentage.
8th in Game-Winning Drives.
10th in Comebacks.
2nd in Fumbles Recovered.

The Bad:

7th in Completions but 10th in passing yards.
Outside the top ten in Passing Attempts Per Game.
Outside the top ten in Interception Percentage.
Outside the top ten in Passing Touchdown Percentage.

The Ugly:

Outside the top ten in Passing Touchdowns.
Outside the top ten in Passing Yards Per Game.
Outside the top ten in Yards Per Completion.
8th in Fumbles.
Outside the top ten in Total Offense.

What Cousins has to do to justify the Franchise Tag and command a long-term contract:

Cousins threw 29 touchdowns last season. The top five quarterbacks threw an average of 35 touchdowns.
Cousins’ touchdown percentage was 5.3%. The top five average was 6.5%.
Cousins’ yards per attempt was 7.7. The top five average is 8.4.
Cousins’ adjusted yards per attempt is 7.8. The top five average is 8.6.
Cousins’ yards per completion average is 11. The top five average is 13.
Cousins’ yards per game is 260.4. The top five average is 300.
Cousins’ net yards per attempt is 6.99. The top five average is 7.7.
Cousins’ adjusted net yards per attempt is 7.14. The top five average is 7.75.
Cousins’ sack percentage is 4.6. The top five average is 3.0.

One can gather from the above much improvement is expected of Kirk Cousins this season.  Not only should he have better passing protection thanks to the replacement of Josh (What’s the snap count, again?) LeRibeus but he also has an additional receiving weapon in 2016 1st round draft selection Josh Doctson and another red zone target in off-season acquisition Vernon Davis.  One has to assume the rushing attack will be better this season. (How could it possibly be worse?)

Cousins will be on a long leash this season because when you’re paying a player over $1.0MM per game you’re not paying him to sit on the bench.  The only way he’s not playing is if he is injured.  That could be good for Cousins or it could be disastrous.  If he’s playing up to expectations expect him to get paid like a top five quarterback.  Before complaining about the potential cost involved take a moment to remember the quarterback history of the team over the course of the last twenty-five seasons.  If he’s not playing up to the level expected it’s going to be a long and painful season for him, for Scot McCloughan, who will have to begin scouting quarterbacks mid-season, for Jay Gruden whose job is balancing on Cousins’ performance, and for the fans.

The real question is: If Cousins performs marginally well, as in top ten but not top five, what does the team do?  They almost certainly won’t tag Cousins again.  That gets very expensive.  If the Skins offer him top ten money but not top five money will he take it?  Or will he take his chances on the open market?  Is he really a team player?  If he is, I like that.

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You Like That: Wallpaper Wednesday


That’s right, it’s Wallpaper Wednesday again, and while we may be playing the Cowboys this week…

… it doesn’t matter because we’re going to the playoffs!

Largely due to the play of Captain Kirk.

We Like That.

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Click for the 1440×900 wallpaper size, and please feel free to share across your social networks.

Hail #RedskinsNation!

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Mistakes Prove Costly For Redskins


You will often hear people remark that no one, single play defines a game, but it would be tough to deny that if you string even two or three really bad plays together, the result will be reflected negatively in the score more often than not. Such was the case on Thursday night in the Washington Redskins’ 32-21 loss to the New York Giants.

Obviously football is a complicated sport, and mistakes are going to happen on every play. That isn’t what we’re talking about. We’re talking about plays that are head-scratchers, or change the momentum of a game, or both as is often the case. Read the rest of this entry »

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By The Numbers: Rams


After dominating for the first half and forging a 17-0 lead, the Redskins held on in the second to beat the Rams 24-10. Here are some of the numbers that tell the tale: Read the rest of this entry »

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Captain Kirk: #WallpaperWednesday


Every week of the regular season, I will be posting a Redskins wallpaper on Wednesday.

Hence the catchy hashtag. 😉

I thought I would start with Captain Kirk. Given the recent announcement that Cousins was the 2015 starting quarterback – why start anywhere else?

Enjoy and #HTTR !

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Just click on the image for a full 1440×900 wallpaper. I will try to do up a social network friendly version later on today.

Next up – the traditional annual Schedule Wallpaper – 2015 edition.

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By The Numbers: Redskins vs Titans


Here are the important statistics and numbers for Washington’s narrow 19-17 victory over Tennessee on Sunday. It may not have been the prettiest of wins, but it ended the losing streak regardless, and hopefully put the now 2-5 Redskins back on the winning path. The Titans fell to the same mark of 2-5.

351 – Total net yards for the Redskins, to just 236 for the Titans.

160 – Yards passing for Titans quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, on 17 receptions (26 attempts, 91.8 rating).

139 – Yards passing for Kirk Cousins, on 10 completions (16 attempts).

138.9 – QB rating for Colt McCoy. Contrast that with the 64.3 that Cousins put up on basically the same number of yards. Read the rest of this entry »

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5 Quick Game Thoughts: Titans


Here are 5 quick thoughts I had following the Redskins, ahem, thrilling 19-17 victory over the Titans at Fed Ex on Sunday.

1) The Real McCoy – I don’t know what Colt McCoy’s NFL future looks like, or even if he will start next week against the Cowboys, but I will tell you this – he should. He was sharp coming off the bench, and provided Washington with exactly the right mix of spark and conservativeness. His very first pass hit pay dirt when Pierre Garcon took it 70 yards to the house. Colt showed great poise down the stretch too, especially on the last drive. He finished his first start as a Redskin, 11 of 12 for 128 yards. You could ask nothing more of the young man… near back-up perfection. Read the rest of this entry »

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By The Numbers: Redskins vs Cardinals


Here are some of the more important numbers and statistics from the Redskins 30-20 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

407 – Yards of total offense for the Redskins. The Cardinals had 317.

354 – Yards passing for Kirk Cousins, on a 24 for 38 day; unfortunately 3 of those 14 incompletions were actually completions to Arizona Cardinals.

250 – Yards passing for Carson Palmer, who returned from a 5-game absence due to a nerve injury in his shoulder. He was 28 of 44, with 0 interceptions and 2 touchdowns. Read the rest of this entry »

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By The Numbers: Redskins vs Seahawks


Not even taking 3 touchdowns away from Percy Harvin, could stop Russell Wilson and the Seahawks from handing the Redskins their 4th loss in 5. Here are the interesting numbers and statistics from the Seahawks 27-17 victory over the Redskins on Monday night:

6,781 – Equals the number of times I watched Russell Wilson do something and thought, remember when RGIII used to look sort of like that? But I digress… Read the rest of this entry »

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By The Numbers – Redskins vs Giants


The Redskins were completely embarrassed by Eli Manning and the New York Giants on Thursday. Here are some of the more telling statistics and numbers from New York’s 45-14 dismantling of Washington:

449 – Total yards of offense for the Giants, to the Redskins 329.

300 – Yards passing for Eli Manning on 28 completions (40 attempts). He dismantled the Redskins defense, with 4 passing touchdowns, and also rushed for one himself.

259 – Total yards passing for Kirk Cousins. Read the rest of this entry »

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