WASHINGTON — The Redskins weren’t dumb by not re-signing Kirk Cousins to a long-term contract, Colin Cowherd strongly suggested on his national radio show Thursday.
“Dumb teams hand franchise money to non-franchise quarterbacks,” Cowherd said in defense of the Jets playing hardball with free agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. That brought him to Washington’s impasse with Cousins to prove his point.
“Kirk Cousins in Washington, be very, very careful,” he said. “Because again, you hear this all the time on TV networks. They take a number and there’s no context: The No. 1 new hit comedy on any network! Well, let’s put that into context.
“The No. 1-rated new hit comedy on Mondays! Well, let’s look at the other networks. No other network has a comedy that’s new on Mondays.”
For instance, I could say FS1’s simulcast of Colin Cowherd’s radio show is the No.1-rated televised version of Colin Cowherd’s radio show in the Dallas-Forth Worth area.
Or his other television show, “Speak For Yourself,” is the No.1-rated national television show featuring Colin Cowherd and Jason Whitlock.
“If you look at Kirk Cousins, I can give you two numbers: Got ’em to the playoffs, 70 percent completion rate! Okay, let’s give it some context,” he continued. “They won the NFC East, which was — of all the divisions last year — the biggest disaster in the NFL. [Tony] Romo got hurt, Sam Bradford and Chip Kelly didn’t work and New York’s best defender blew his hand off. Chaos.
“So, let’s look at the division that the Washington Redskins won, because that’s the big thing now: 70 percent completion rate, won a division! The division was grease fire. By the way, in his first 13 starts, Kirk Cousins was 6-7. Only seven times had more than a touchdown.”
(Cousins actually went 4-9 in his first 13 starts; on the flip side, he’s also 8-5 in his last 13 starts.)
“But Colin, I’m gonna give you another number! He went 3-0 late in the season! Let’s add context to that,” Cowherd said. “Who did he beat late in the season? Buffalo, out of the playoffs. Philadelphia, that quit on Chip Kelly. That was his last game. And Dallas was starting something called Kellen Moore. It was their 13th quarterback used in like a month.”
“So, let’s put it in context,” he said. “When he actually got a home playoff game against Green Bay, routed at home.”
“So don’t tell me wins make a franchise quarterback. Ryan Fitzpatrick had 10,” he said. “It’s not about just wins. Put all those wins in context. Vince Young? 31-19. Jeff Fisher. Veteran staff. Had a very good defense. Had a running game — I think he had Chris Johnson in his prime. Yeah, you start winning a lot of games when you turn and hand it off and only throw on third-and-2.”
“So I’ll give the New York Jets credit. I’ll give ’em some credit. They’re the only NFL team going in without a quarterback and they’re saying, ‘All right. We’re not going to make a bad decision because there’s never a right time to do the wrong thing.”
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Cowherd discussed Cousins in passing in at least one other instance this week. While talking NFL quarterbacks on Tuesday, Cowherd theorized “you can put the quarterbacks basically in five tiers in this league.” Those tiers, he went on to explain, go as follows:
Tier 1: Stars In Their Prime (Cam Newton, Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson);
Tier 2: Stars Out Of Their Prime (Tom Brady, Romo, Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Carson Palmer);
Tier 3: Close But Never Really Stars (Alex Smith, Joe Flacco, Matt Stafford, Jay Cutler, Matt Ryan);
Tier 4: Could Be Stars (Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, Derek Carr).
You might be wondering where Cousins fits into this equation.
“In Tier 5: Absolute Fool’s Gold,” Cowherd said. “Where they’re not going to be stars, they’ve never been stars, they never will be stars, but they’re being paid like stars: Brock Osweiler, Ryan Tannehill, Andy Dalton and Kirk Cousins.”
Let’s check in with Cowherd on this topic in another two years.