The chatter continues about Redskins QB Kirk Cousins. Drafted in the same year as starter Robert Griffin III, Cousins started when Griffin got injured and showcased himself a little bit. In a smart move, especially after trading up and drafting a mobile quarterback with the second overall pick, Washington selected the other signal caller in the fourth round. That filled the needs for a franchise guy and a capable backup. However, since Cousins got some burn he flashed enough skills for other teams to express interests, and he is on the Browns’ radar.
After a positive 3-2 start, quarterback Brian Hoyer was starting to give them hope in Norv Turner’s system. Then came the domino effect, including only one more win to finish 4-12. After hiring a new front office and coaching staff, the franchise was at it again this offseason. The good news Cleveland fans, is that they are impatient and tired of losing, at any expense apparently. Insert Mike Pettine as the new head coach, a former defensive coordinator for the Bills and Jets. To go back even further, linebackers coach in Baltimore.
So the 9th ranked defense last season went out and got a defensive coach, leaving their offseason focus on the other side of the ball. Fresh out of the theater from watching the movie Draft Day, Hoyer seems like the seasoned QB with potential that got injured. They could very well believe in him, either way you need another capable player to step in if he were to get hurt again, or even win the offseason competition for the starting role since he is unproven. The starter will have NFL receiving leader Josh Gordon and breakout tight end Jordan Cameron to operate with. Joe Thomas is an All-Pro left tackle and Alex Mack is a Pro Bowl center they just re-signed.
Washington would be wise to find another backup, other than the recently signed Colt McCoy at least. Head Coach Jay Gruden is an offensive mind that has inherited his guy at the helm, so they can afford to part ways with Cousins if the price is to their liking, or when the day finally comes to pull the trigger.