The Washington Redskins are going with Kirk Cousins as starting quarterback in their season opener against Miami Sept. 13. This makes a good situation better for the Dolphins, who really would have no excuse for starting 0-1, road game or not.
Now some of you may remember Miami opening the 2007 season at Washington and losing 16-13 in overtime even though another relative lightweight, Jason Campbell, started for the Redskins that day.
Several major differences, but start with the fact that the Redskins were a playoff team that year with a Hall of Fame coach in Joe Gibbs while Miami, with Cam Cameron, was just beginning its tumble into the bottomless pit.
The Redskins of today are fairly rancid, and the mess that comes with trying to move on from Robert Griffin III isn’t helping.
Specifically, in reference to Cousins, we offer five reasons why it is good news for Miami that coach Jay Gruden has decided to work with Capt. Kirk.
- Cousins was 1-4 when he got the chance to start last year and is 2-7 in career starts. Translation: When he wins a game, it comes a surprise.
- The Redskins just made the choice to pass on the No. 2 overall pick from 2012 (Griffin) and go instead with the quarterback who went 102nd overall in the same draft (Cousins). If that doesn’t add up, neither does much else that has gone on with this franchise lately.
- Cousins has a career passer rating of 77.5 in the NFL. Another guy in the news (Tim Tebow) has a career rating of 75.3 in the league and the constant debate among personnel people and coaches and fans is whether he’s playing the wrong position.
- Cousins rushed for one touchdown at Michigan State and has never run for a score in the NFL. Griffin rushed for 33 touchdowns in college, a key to his Heisman Trophy season at Baylor, and has eight rushing touchdowns as a pro. This means Ndamukong Suh, Cameron Wake and the rest of the Miami defensive front can plow directly into the backfield without fear of being duped by a better athlete.
- ESPN’s research staff recently came up with stats to prove Cousins’ status as a turnover waiting to happen. Their numbers show he has 16 interceptions and four lost fumbles since 2013, and that’s as an occasional starter. ESPN says Cousins turned it over once every 29 snaps during that period, worst in the league among quarterbacks who have played much at all. The only reason this isn’t bumped up to No. 1 on my list is that I didn’t come up with the data myself and am jealous.
None of this guarantees a Miami victory, of course, but it’s one of the best road draws any team could hope to have.
The best would be a trip to somewhere like, say, Jacksonville, which is where the Dolphins play in Week 2.