Kyle Shanahan Claims Kirk Cousins Will be a “Great Quarterback Some Day”

By Rachel Wold

Washington Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins flashed signs of promise last season. He outplayed starter Robert Griffin III and his other competition in key areas.

To Cousins’ credit, he threw 10 touchdowns in six games compared to the eight that RGIII and Colt McCoy combined for during their time under center. Cousins also averaged 285 passing yards per game compared to Griffin’s average of 188 per outing.

However, his performance was clouded by some horrendous mistakes during a four-game span that saw him toss eight interceptions. The Redskins benched him as a result. And despite continued lackluster play under center, he remained on the bench for the rest of the year.

Former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who now holds the same title with the Atlanta Falcons, recently spoke on Cousins’ behalf:

“Kirk’s one of the sharper guys I’ve been around. He processes things so fast. He lets it rip. He’s as tough as can be. Like what I said about Rex (Grossman), he’ll hang in there and doesn’t flinch.” Shanahan said, via ESPN.com. ” Kirk has a chance to be a great quarterback some day.”

Shanahan makes a point. There is some potential yet to be unleashed from the 26-year-old quarterback. Cousins could even be viewed as an upgrade for a couple quarterback-needy teams who are holding summer competitions for starting jobs. Though, the term “great” usually doesn’t come to mind when we talk about the former Michigan State quarterback.

For now, it appears that the Redskins are sold on RGIII as the team’s starter for the foreseeable future. If so, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the team entertain trade offers for Cousins. After all, Cousins did indicate back in January that he would seek a trade if RGIII was named the team’s starter.

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