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Good news Browns fans: Kirk Cousins is “going nowhere”

As fears loom large of the Cleveland Browns acquiring Washington Redskins back-up quarterback Kirk Cousins, the Washington Post attempts to ease any concerns over the poor-man’s Andy Dalton joining his former offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan, near the shores of Lake Erie—at least when it comes to moving anything of value to obtain him.

“The harsh truth was proven in late December when Cousins stumbled through three losses as Robert Griffin III’s insurance policy,” writes WaPo’s Rick Snider. “There was nothing that showed Cousins is worth anything more than a pick in the fourth round — where he was taken in 2012.”

Not that Cousins wouldn’t welcome a reset button-like trade that gives him a starting gig, but his career 68.6 quarterback rating and 8:10 TD:INT ratio all but ensure that no team will be paying the ‘Skins’ asking price, which is said to be set at an early-round draft pick.

Last season, Cousins was a big part of Washington’s nine-game slide, throwing four touchdowns, seven interceptions and posted a 58.4 rating. Browns fans will remember the day that the then-rookie stepped in for an injured Robert Griffin III and led the Redskins to a win, but the mirage was quickly revealed as a guy who was also prone to lobbing the ball in the direction of the opponents1.

The Browns still need a quarterback in the most dire of ways, but it appears that they are of the belief that an older, coming-off-ACL-surgery Brian Hoyer is a better option at this point.

  1. Which he apparently felt was a vision issue. []

  • BenRM

    Every time someone mentions trading draft picks for Kirk Cousins, a kitten dies.

  • Lunch

    Another toilet rumor, down the drain.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StmbrLfGC-8

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    This guy takes a blunt object, f-in’, waah! Hits the guy with the
    bandages around his head, right? Why? ‘Cause he’s smart. He knows the
    guy with the career 68.6 quarterback rating and 8:10 TD:INT ratio, he ain’t goin’ nowhere. He’s goin’
    f-in’ nowhere.
    [to Kirk Cousins]
    Where you goin’? Nowhere!

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    This guy takes a blunt object, f-in’, waah! Hits the guy with the
    bandages around his head, right? Why? ‘Cause he’s smart. He knows the
    guy with the career 68.6 quarterback rating and 8:10 TD:INT ratio, he ain’t goin’ nowhere. He’s goin’
    f-in’ nowhere.
    [to Kirk Cousins]
    Where you goin’? Nowhere!

  • i’m not following why there’s antipathy toward cousins or a cousins get.

    1. is getting a competent qb who knows the new OC’s system badness?
    2. would cousins really get the browns starting gig over hoyer?
    3. do we know that there’s a better qb in the 2nd round that kirk cousins?
    4. if the skins are keeping him, maybe it’s because they rate him higher than griffin, no?

    anyway, i like cousins; didn’t think that trying to bring him here would be bad before; would only be goodness and testament in favor of cousins now that shanahan is here.

  • RGB

    I have nothing against Cousins, but I think we can get a player with more impactful value than him in the second round.
    I don’t see him as that much better than Hoyer, and what sort of draft pick is he worth?

  • i think hoyer is pretty-to-very good. i think there’s been some mass amnesia concerning the quality of his play and not sure there’s a gaping hole at qb.

  • RGB

    Agreed.
    But, for the record, I’m a big Aaron Murray fan. I would love to pick him up in a later round.
    I saw almost all his play this year, and he carried that beat up offense.

  • technivore

    Kanick, all the same thoughts were going through my head when I read this post. I haven’t followed Cousins closely but I don’t see why I’m supposed to think it’d be a bad thing for the Browns to acquire him, assuming the price were right.

    Unless someone is already convinced that Shanahan is going to fail, why would they be opposed to him bringing in his former backup QB? Noone thinks he would be starting.

    And also I find the animated gif at the top of this post pretty distasteful.

  • BenRM

    Because they already have Cousins 1.0 on the roster.

  • you mean the guy who was 3-0 in his starts? yeah it’d be crazy to have another one of those on the roster and anyway backups are overrated because.. oh wait.

  • i like murray too; surely like him more than mccarron.

  • BenRM

    The Browns should sign every mediocre QB in the NFL, put them together, and make a megazord QB. Their combined mediocrity will surely translate into winning.

  • JNeids

    So what’s the symbology there?

  • Some of us already knew this about Kirk Cousins

  • mediocre like russell wilson or mediocre like joe flacco?

  • BenRM

    So, Kirk Cousins = Super Bowl? Ok….?

  • ooh boy. well no, that’s not what i said nor is it remotely close to what i said.

    i’m pointing out that first, you can do great things with average qbs; second, you can lose with great qbs; and third, if it were easy to pick a great qb we (and everyone else) would have picked a great qb by now but it’s not so why on earth do people ride this ‘just draft a qb’ riff over and over again every year.

  • BenRM

    Ah – well that is certainly a more reasonable proposition.

    I guess I just don’t understand why you want to spend draft picks to collect more average QBs when you already have a roster full of them.

    Draft someone with a high ceiling in the first or second round. If that doesn’t work out, well you already have Hoyer.

  • ah ok, roger that. i actually think we’re on the same page.

  • mgbode

    I thought the title of the thread was referring to his career, but I guess it works for his trade status as well.

  • mgbode

    I thought the title of the thread was referring to his career, but I guess it works for his trade status as well.

  • mgbode

    4. if the skins are keeping him, maybe it’s because they rate him higher than griffin, no?

    umm, no.

    look, in a vacuum, I don’t mind Cousins. he and Hoyer might very well end up in that same class of Josh McCown style QB who isn’t a bad guy to have as a backup, but you do not want starting. But, I do not see a reason to invest a 2nd round pick in such a QB, which is likely what Washington wants for him.

  • mgbode

    yes, I like Murray and Connor Shaw as QB3 for the Browns next year. If Murray drops to the 4th or Shaw to the 5th, then I would likely pull the trigger (could gamble and wait a round longer on each).

    QB at #4 overall, Hoyer stays on, and QB3 from the mid-to-later rounds.

  • mgbode

    I know it’s the official stat, but don’t you feel dirty giving Hoyer credit for the Bills win?

  • that’s fair.
    but main point is that hoyer holds up pretty well when you look at his tape. fast release, extremely accurate throws. i know cousins also has a low average time-to-throw but not sure about his accuracy.

  • mgbode

    the part I liked about Hoyer the best was he quickly read the defense and threw the ball to where the WR would get open instead of waiting for him to actually get open.

    I have only seen 2 Cousins football games, but in one (’12 v. Cleveland) his WRs were open too quickly to evaluate it and the other he didn’t do it (’13 v. Dallas).

    Granted, that is Hoyer’s biggest strength so it’s not all that fair to use as the only measuring stick.