SNIDER: Cousins Debate Now Over – Period

by Rick Snider

The Washington Redskins shouldn’t hesitate come season’s end. Have a new contract in Kirk Cousins’ locker after the season’s final game with so many zeroes the passer will grab a pen.

Cousins already earned a long-term mega-contract over the last 2.5 years. But for the many haters who just can’t accept Cousins or always want someone new, it’s time to stop.

Credit for the Redskins’ 17-14 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday mostly lies with the defense. Just a flat-out balling kind of effort. But after finally relinquishing the lead, the team turned to Cousins with 1:34 remaining to produce just the second touchdown of the afternoon.

He needed only 35 seconds.

After a tipped opening incompletion, Cousins hit Brian Quick for 34 yards and Josh Doctson for 38 before Robert Kelley scored on a one-yard run. Now Quick has barely played this season and Doctson is still earning trust after dropping a late game-winning at Kansas City. Yet, Cousins avoided some of his typical throws and went for the win to the pair of unlikely playmakers.

Cousins now has 11 fourth-quarter comeback wins, which is supposedly the benchmark of greatness. This time Cousins played like some of the Redskins passers of the 1970s – Sonny Jurgensen, Billy Kilmer and Joe Theismann. Those guys never flinched at the end. Cousins didn’t blink either despite missing four – that’s one sure of everyone – offensive linemen and was hit hard too often amid bad weather more reminiscent of late December.

There’s nothing more Cousins can do to state his worthiness. You’re either on the bandwagon or never doing so.

The Redskins front office should realize Cousins truly is worth the money because anyone else is a reboot and fans won’t accept it. Washington has its quarterback for the next five years. It’s Kirk Cousins.

Rick Snider has covered Washington sports since 1978. Follow him on Twitter @Snide_Remarks.

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