the Kirk Cousins pick and RGIII
Back in 1993 I had a brand new Mustang GT last of the Fox bodies, last of those awesome ground effects skirts, and two tone paint (electric blue and metalic grey, thanks for asking), so one day my Uncle moving to a foreign country gives us his 65 Fastback (keep in mind no where near the crazy values of today, this is pre-Elenor Gone in 60 seconds values but still a serious collectors car) needed a ton of work but still an incredible car. Where the hell am I going to park this? How am I going to afford the resto? Do I really want to pay the insurance and property taxes on TWO ponys? Well I wasn't about to let one of my non-mustanger relatives have it, so I told myself: "I'll figure all that crap out later".
I think they told themselves the same thing when they picked Cousins. Cousins was basically the same deal, a value the Skins didn't expect to find sitting there in the 4th, the BPA on their board that they were probably surprised was still their when they picked in the 3rd, and told themselves they would have to consider taking him if he was still there in the 4th, knowing (or believing) he would be gone by then removing their conundrum. I wouldn't be surprised if they even said "we'll figure all that crap out later". So in that sense I can see why they made the pick.
Still I can't help but think the pick was a mistake strategically. If RGIII doesn't work out Shanahan wont in all likelihood get anything out of Cousins, because he'll be fired under the premise that Griffin might develop with a different coach.
If RGIII does work out quickly then the Cousins pick was a wasted opportunity to put skilled depth around him.
If RGIII struggles and Cousins joins the long list of backups that impatient skins fans manage to turn into a QB controversy, then the Shanahans have no one but themselves to blame for the stupidity that ensues.
The one good thing about Rex as a backup is that he will never be a QB controversy after last year... He could only ever be a "temporary stop gap" until RGIII develops more or gets past a hypothetical injury. Cousin's on the other hand...
And maybe it's my neurotic Skins fan Pavlovian dog reaction, but the parallels between this and Heath Shuler/Gus Ferrotte make me cringe. BEFORE we drafted Cousins I was ready to write a post entitled:
"No matter what, no one boos RGIII" and draw parallels between the near idiotic amount of expectations put on Shuler, and the ones that are currently building up around RGIII. Now the situation is just scary with a QB prospect in Cousins that has more potential than Gus ever did.