Fred Smoot: Don’t let Kirk Cousins off the h

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Many D.C. media members this week — including me — would tell you that it’s way too early in the season for big-picture, existential questions about Kirk Cousins — about his past and future salaries, and his ceiling, and his place in the NFL quarterbacking hierarchy. But at least some Redskins fans do not appreciate that milquetoast stance and would rather hear a harsher assessment of how Cousins played Sunday, and of his long-term potential.

For them, I present the words of one Fred Smoot, the former Redskins cornerback who appeared on ESPN 980 on Monday afternoon and was apparently not in the mood for tender and nuanced patience.

“We cannot let Kirk off the hook with this,” Smoot said. “It starts with him, and he starts slow every year. People don’t understand: Sometimes you’ve got to look at the package for what it is. We’re talking about a quarterback that demands $20 million-plus a year, that hasn’t won a playoff game, bad in the red zone, throws for four or five thousand yards but can’t complete and end drives. He’s also [29] years old.”

These are, indeed, the talking points of the Cousins skeptics (I can’t believe we’re doing this again), but Smoot didn’t stop there. Because he was asked specifically about the issue of every Cousins throw being a referendum on his long-term prospects in Washington, and he didn’t have much sympathy.

“The thing about it, you don’t want to guilt trip that girl into dating you; you want her to date you because she loves you, because she wants to be with you,” Smoot said. “And this girl has made it clear: She don’t really like us that much. Kirk is the girl. At the end of the day, Kirk don’t really like us as much as he says he does. Because either one [of two things] is gonna happen: Either he’s gonna make us pay him all this money and bankrupt the team to the [point] that we can’t get nobody to help him win and we’re gonna be mediocre for the next five years, [or he’ll leave].



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