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Kirk Cousins Isn't Tom Brady And Sometimes Tom Brady Isn't Tom Brady

Tom Brady vs. Kirk Cousins isn't a real comparison, but by doing so Chuck Sapienza hopes Redskins fans will realize expectations for their guy aren't always realistic.

Let’s play a game. I will give you the stat line of two quarterbacks and you tell me which one you would choose to put under center. Here we go:

QB #1

vs

QB #2

32

Games Started

32

1221

Attempts

1149

756

Completions

785

8244

Yards

9083

64

Combined TDs; Pass & Rush

63

30

INT

23

87.4

QB Rating

99.3

I am guessing most of you would choose QB #2. That my friends would be Kirk Cousins. That other quarterback? That would be the playoff version of Tom Brady. I’ll pause while you clean up after having your mind blown.

You see, Tom Brady, the person who arguably is the greatest playoff quarterback of all time has poorer numbers than Kirk Cousins in his 32 games as the Redskins starter. Kirk tops Mr. Bundchen in practically every category except one and I’ll get that in a minute.

In 300+ yard games, Cousins leads Brady 14 to 10. In games with 70%+ completions, Cousins blows Brady out of the water 13 to 3. Surely Cousins has more 2+ interceptions games, but he doesn’t. Tom has thrown multiple picks 9 times in 32 games while Cousins has done the same in only 6 games. While we are playing games, guess how many times Brady has thrown for 300+ yards without an interception in his playoff career? Twice. That would be twice in 32 career starts. Cousins is 1 for 1. He threw for 329 yards without an interception against the Packers in 2015. The only stat where Brady bests Cousins is probably the most important one. Wins. Brady is 23-9 while Cousins is 17-14-1. While Uncle Deflategate beats Mr. You Like That by 5 ½ games, you could argue that Brady has had much better defensive teams around him than Cousins.

Let me make sure you understand where I am coming from…

KIRK COUSINS IS NOT TOM BRADY. NOT EVEN CLOSE

But for those of you that say Kirk hasn’t shown you enough maybe you have unrealistic standards.

Chuck Sapienza is the executive producer of the Naval Academy radio network and the former VP of Programming for ESPN980. He was also a part of the Washington Redskins Radio Network from 2009 to 2015, serving as the network's executive producer. He can be reached at SapienzaChuck@gmail.com

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