Heath Evans Would Prefer Cousins as Long-Term Franchise QB
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – If retired NFL fullback Heath Evans had his choice, he would make Kirk Cousins the Redskins’ franchise quarterback for the next ten years over Robert Griffin III, he told 106.7 The Fan’s Holden and Danny on Wednesday.
Evans, the color analyst for Cousins’ first start of the season against the Falcons last Sunday, believes Cousins has the natural ability to read defenses and see the field more so than Griffin, something he says you either have or you don’t, and Cousins was able to show he has in just one game.
“I think you see things or you don’t see things, as a quarterback especially,” Evans said. “As a running back, it was all about pass protection. I was able to backup Kevin Faulk every year in New England as the third down back. In pass protection, you know, we have three or four guys to be potentially responsible for to protect the quarterback. Well the quarterback has basically eleven guys that he has to see and feel on every play. I don’t think those things are learned. I think they’re a God-given innate ability. We see it in Russell Wilson.”
“People want to talk height all the time,” he said. “It has nothing to do with height, now I’m not saying you can be 5’6” and play quarterback in this league, that’s not true, but the 5’10”, 5’11” range to 6’4” – how many 6’4” guys have we seen that just can’t see the field? Don’t know where to deliver the ball, have no understanding of what’s going on; what’s flashing before them?”
“I see even more so this year, because I think they kept RGIII out of those positions last year where he was having to go through consistent progressions, I’ve seen a highly-confused quarterback, is what I’ve seen this year on tape from RGIII. My opinion would be that you can’t fix what a quarterback sees. Now reps with an athlete should always make them better, but in the sense of what we saw out of Kirk Cousins in one offensive showing, we haven’t seen any of that this year out of RGIII.”
“So if I said to you ‘take one of these two quarterbacks for the next ten years,’ are you taking Cousins,” Evans was asked.
“Yea, but that’s also, you gotta take a look at the offenses I was in,” Evans replied. “I don’t ever want my quarterbacks taking hits. I stayed on the field consistently for the majority of my career because I was able to protect the quarterback. I would never, ever, ever, ever put in an offense in this league where I’m gonna expose the most key player that we have to winning and losing ballgames, to any extra hits in the pocket or outside the pocket. So based on my mindset of how you want to build an offense, give me Kirk Cousins just because I have a likelihood of perfecting him for 15 years in the pocket, not exposing him to concussions and extra hits that I would never want my quarterback taking.”
Cousins completed 29 of 45 passes for 381 yards and 3 touchdowns, and had 2 interceptions against Atlanta on Sunday. Shanahan has publicly announced intentions to rest Griffin the remainder of the 2013 season.
Evans also predicted, leading up to the Redskins’ first division championship in 13 years, there wasn’t a chance Washington posed a threat in the NFC East in 2012.