Kirk-Haters: Be Careful What You Wish For

I wrote here about the Redskins options for a replacement Quarterback in Free Agency. Now, it’s time to turn attention to the daft.

It used to anger me how so much of the Redskins fanbase seemed so blind to what the team finally has at QB. But it dawned on me recently – I don’t think it’s so much they can’t see what he offers. They just want more.

And there’s nothing wrong with wanting more. I’ve heard countless occasions where certain radio hosts have had to defend their Pro-Cousins stance, which in itself is an odd thing to have to do when you really think about it, by using sentences like “we’re not comparing him to Brady or Rodgers”.

But therein lies the problem. That’s exactly what most of these fans want: an elite QB at the helm, not just a good one.

Which is great. Hey, I’d love Brady or Rodgers too. That would be just grand. But whilst there’s nothing wrong with wanting more, a sprinkle of realism wouldn’t go amiss here. This isn’t Madden Ultimate Team.

Since the year 2000 (the year Brady was drafted) up to 2016 there were 213 Quarterbacks selected by NFL teams. Let’s assume for the purpose of this process that every QB was available to draft again as a rookie. I went through and counted 10 players I think would be consensus “no-debate” picks over Cousins by Redskins fans.

  1. Carson Wentz
  2. Dak Prescott
  3. Andrew Luck
  4. Russell Wilson
  5. Matt Ryan
  6. Aaron Rodgers
  7. Ben Roethlisberger
  8. Phillip Rivers
  9. Drew Brees
  10. Tom Brady

I counted a further 10 “highly debatable” guys. These are pretty contentious; some fans would take guys here, others would prefer Cousins. The point is, it’s not clear and it’s probably pretty negligible how much better or worse the Redskins would be either way.

  1. Jameis Winston
  2. Marcus Mariota
  3. Derek Carr
  4. Ryan Tannehill
  5. Cam Newton
  6. Matthew Stafford
  7. Alex Smith
  8. Eli Manning
  9. Carson Palmer
  10. Michael Vick

But here we get to the crux of the problem. If you want clearly better than Cousins, there are 10 guys here from a pool of 213. That’s a 4.7% chance you’re going to markedly improve. Heck let’s throw in the contingency 10 – now you’re up to a 9.4% chance of getting better or at least standing still.

Which of course, leaves the 90.6% chance you get worse. And yes, I’m going to list all of the other guys who were drafted. Even though many are late round picks which is a strategy the Redskins are unlikely to turn to, it still paints an ugly picture. Some are closer to being debatable than a flat-out no, but I’d wager Kirk wins a fan vote-off against all of them.

  1. Jared Goff
  2. Paxton Lynch
  3. Christian Hackenberg
  4. Jacoby Brissett
  5. Cody Kessler
  6. Connor Cook
  7. Cardale Jones
  8. Kevin Hogan
  9. Nate Sudfeld
  10. Jake Rudock
  11. Brandon Allen
  12. Jeff Driskel
  13. Brandon Doughty
  14. Garrett Grayson
  15. Sean Mannion
  16. Bryce Petty
  17. Brett Hundley
  18. Trevor Siemian
  19. Blake Bortles
  20. Johnny Manziel
  21. Teddy Bridgewater
  22. Jimmy Garoppolo
  23. Logan Thomas
  24. Tom Savage
  25. Aaron Murray
  26. A.J. McCarron
  27. Zach Mettenberger
  28. David Fales
  29. Keith Wenning
  30. Tajh Boyd
  31. Garrett Gilbert
  32. EJ Manuel
  33. Geno Smith
  34. Mike Glennon
  35. Matt Barkley
  36. Ryan Nassib
  37. Tyler Wilson
  38. Landry Jones
  39. Brad Sorensen
  40. Zac Dysert
  41. B.J. Daniels
  42. Sean Renfree
  43. Robert Griffin
  44. Brandon Weeden
  45. Brock Osweiler
  46. Nick Foles
  47. Kirk Cousins
  48. Ryan Lindley
  49. B.J. Coleman
  50. Chandler Harnish
  51. Jake Locker
  52. Blaine Gabbert
  53. Christian Ponder
  54. Andy Dalton
  55. Colin Kaepernick
  56. Ryan Mallett
  57. Ricky Stanzi
  58. T.J. Yates
  59. Nathan Enderle
  60. Tyrod Taylor
  61. Greg McElroy
  62. Sam Bradford
  63. Tim Tebow
  64. Jimmy Clausen
  65. Colt McCoy
  66. Mike Kafka
  67. John Skelton
  68. Jonathan Crompton
  69. Rusty Smith
  70. Dan LeFevour
  71. Tony Pike
  72. Levi Brown
  73. Sean Canfield
  74. Zac Robinson
  75. Mark Sanchez
  76. Josh Freeman
  77. Pat White
  78. Stephen McGee
  79. Rhett Bomar
  80. Nate Davis
  81. Tom Brandstater
  82. Mike Teel
  83. Keith Null
  84. Curtis Painter
  85. Joe Flacco
  86. Brian Brohm
  87. Chad Henne
  88. Kevin O’Connell
  89. John David Booty
  90. Dennis Dixon
  91. Josh Johnson
  92. Erik Ainge
  93. Colt Brennan
  94. Andre Woodson
  95. Matt Flynn
  96. Alex Brink
  97. JaMarcus Russell
  98. Brady Quinn
  99. Kevin Kolb
  100. John Beck
  101. Drew Stanton
  102. Trent Edwards
  103. Isaiah Stanback
  104. Jeff Rowe
  105. Troy Smith
  106. Jordan Palmer
  107. Tyler Thigpen
  108. Vince Young
  109. Matt Leinart
  110. Jay Cutler
  111. Kellen Clemens
  112. Tarvaris Jackson
  113. Charlie Whitehurst
  114. Brodie Croyle
  115. Brad Smith
  116. Ingle Martin
  117. Omar Jacobs
  118. Reggie McNeal
  119. Bruce Gradkowski
  120. D.J. Shockley
  121. Jason Campbell
  122. Charlie Frye
  123. Andrew Walter
  124. David Greene
  125. Kyle Orton
  126. Stefan Lefors
  127. Dan Orlovsky
  128. Adrian McPherson
  129. Derek Anderson
  130. James Kilian
  131. Matt Cassel
  132. Ryan Fitzpatrick
  133. J.P. Losman
  134. Matt Schaub
  135. Luke McCown
  136. Craig Krenzel
  137. Andy Hall
  138. Josh Harris
  139. Jim Sorgi
  140. Jeff Smoker
  141. John Navarre
  142. Cody Pickett
  143. Casey Bramlet
  144. Matt Mauck
  145. B.J. Symons
  146. Bradlee Van Pelt
  147. Byron Leftwich
  148. Kyle Boller
  149. Rex Grossman
  150. Dave Ragone
  151. Chris Simms
  152. Seneca Wallace
  153. Brian St. Pierre
  154. Drew Henson
  155. Brooks Bollinger
  156. Kliff Kingsbury
  157. Gibran Hamdan
  158. Ken Dorsey
  159. David Carr
  160. Joey Harrington
  161. Patrick Ramsey
  162. Josh McCown
  163. David Garrard
  164. Rohan Davey
  165. Randy Fasani
  166. Kurt Kittner
  167. Brandon Doman
  168. Craig Nall
  169. J.T. O’Sullivan
  170. Steve Bellisari
  171. Seth Burford
  172. Jeff Kelly
  173. Wes Pate
  174. Quincy Carter
  175. Marques Tuiasosopo
  176. Chris Weinke
  177. Sage Rosenfels
  178. Jesse Palmer
  179. Mike McMahon
  180. A.J. Feeley
  181. Josh Booty
  182. Josh Heupel
  183. Chad Pennington
  184. Giovanni Carmazzi
  185. Chris Redman
  186. Tee Martin
  187. Marc Bulger
  188. Spergon Wynn
  189. Todd Husak
  190. JaJuan Seider
  191. Tim Rattay
  192. Jarious Jackson
  193. Joe Hamilton

If you still want to move on from Kirk to buy a lottery ticket – more power to you. I admire your ability to dream big.


2 thoughts on “Kirk-Haters: Be Careful What You Wish For

  1. As a Giants fan, I am in a weird position.
    I am rooting like hell for the Redskins and Kirk Cousins this year. Why?
    Because the better he does and you do, the more certain it is that your dumbass front office won’t give him the record-breaking contract he’ll command, and he goes somewhere else and you’re back to the days of Rex Grossman and Heath Shuler and Tony Banks and Colt McCoy and oh man I can’t wait.


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