Scouting the Enemy: Kirk Cousins

The Giants Beat provides a scouting report for Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins.

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After what was a breakout season for Washington Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins last year, Cousins’ 2016 campaign is off to a horrible start. He is convincing many that last season was a fluke and that he simply cannot repeat what he did last year. As for the many fans overreacting to Cousins’ poor start, it has only been 2 weeks. Cousins will have a shot to prove his worth as he and the Redskins travel to MetLife looking to pick up their first victory of the season. Here is a scouting report on Cousins’ performance from his first two games of the 2016 NFL season.




Cousins’ has been able to gain a ton of yards passing through the first two games. He has just under 700 total yards passing while not having all that great of a receiving unit. He has been able to spread the ball among his receivers very well as he has incorporated Josh Doctson, Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, Jordan Reed, Jamison Crowder, Chris Thompson, and Vernon Davis into the offense. Being able to utilize all of your options is a very good attribute for a quarterback to have, as it requires the opposing team to cover many different targets.




Accuracy is the category you have to start with when looking at Cousins’ weaknesses the past two games. He has been unable to hit his receivers in stride, which is the primary reason for his three interceptions compared to his one touchdown this season. He has an acceptable completion percentage of about 65%, but his incomplete throws have been way off target leading to interceptions. His decision-making has also been quite bad as he has completely ignored open targets too many times this season and opting to throw into double coverage.




Cousins has been bad thus far and there is no way to overlook that. He has been inaccurate, his decision-making has been horrible, and he is throwing into double-coverage much too often. He does have a braggable amount of yardage passing, but that stat gets completely ignored when looking at how bad Cousins has been in other categories this season. He needs to gain his teammates trust back after the negative chatter that has been present in the locker room surrounding Cousins after these past two games. Most importantly, he needs to gain his confidence back if he wants to win games for the Redskins and lead his team to the playoffs. After all, he seemed eager to play this season on a one year deal since he was confident he could repeat his high level of play from last year to earn himself a long-term deal.


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