Kirk Cousins, Pat White and ESPN

Before the Pat White signing became official, my pals over at Football Insider offered eight suggestions for what White’s presence would mean in D.C. One particularly bold one went like this: “A fourth quarterback that would make Kirk Cousins tradeable to the first team that loses a starter in camp.”

Now, I don’t think many real-life humans would actually go in for that theory, but then, I didn’t count on the Mike Greenberg factor. Here’s one of the Mike and Mikes, on Wednesday morning, before the signing was signed.

“You have Robert Griffin III as your quarterback, a guy like Pat White makes perfect sense,” Greenberg said. “Pat White makes sense as a backup in Washington. You’ve got Kirk Cousins sitting there. He plays a totally different game, has a totally different skillset. I like him as a player A LOT….Does this mean that maybe he becomes expendable, if you bring in a guy who seems like a more natural fit to be the backup to RGIII in that offense? Maybe they DO look into moving Kirk Cousins? There’s no quarterbacks out there. There’s a market.”

“I think eventually Cousins is going to be with another team, I don’t think there’s any doubt about that,” his co-host, Mike Golic, then said. “Could the value be high right now, giving the situation we have out there? Would a team rather have Cousins on their team than draft any of the quarterbacks out there right now?…Pat White is not a quarterback in this league for a reason. He can’t do quarterback things, or he would be playing somewhere, or a backup somewhere, or a third string somewhere, or SOMETHING. There’s a reason he’s not….

“I don’t think there’s any way that they’re going to say ok we have our guy now in Pat White, Kirk you’re on the block,” Golic continued. “I don’t think that’s gonna happen. That said, you never know what an offer could be. Eventually I think Cousins is gonna be gone, but I don’t think that happens right now.”

“I guess what I’m saying is long-term, doesn’t it make more sense to have a backup quarterback who in theory runs the same offense that your starting quarterback does?” Greenberg then asked. “Let’s put it this way, if RGIII wasn’t hurt right now, I think that it would make all the sense in the world to trade Kirk Cousins now, because there may never ever be a time in the NFL again where a guy with his limited experience would have as much value.”

Well. Nahhhhhhh. Anyhow, Kirk Cousins himself was on ESPN 980 later Wednesday, and he had what sounded like a more informed take on the Pat White issue.

“That’s not surprising to me,” Cousins said, when asked about a potential White signing. “I felt like with Robert’s health where it is right now, to be able to have a guy who can do some of the thing Robert does athletically would be important, especially in this offseason time when you’re trying to stay sharp and develop your base playbook and improve your base playbook. While I believe can to some degree run those kind of things, the zone-read stuff is gonna be much better with a Pat White-type athlete in there who’s closer to Robert’s skill set.

“I think that’s a no-brainer to have a guy like that in at least for OTAs, if not longer,” Cousins continued. “A guy like me, I need to be much more perfect in my ball-handling and in my reads for it to work than maybe a Robert or a Pat White has to be. Now that being said, I didn’t have any reps in college with those plays, and so my ability to be more perfect is not there, whereas Robert had all these reps in college working on these plays. And so it just became a deal where I’m not comfortable running those plays at this current time last season.

“But with OTAs and minicamps and training camp, I believe if the coaches want me to, I can gain a comfort levels with these plays, where I can be fast enough to have them be effective. And once at least there’s a threat of those plays being run with me in the game, it does change a LOT of things for a defensive coordinator, and so it’s worth it to explore.”

In other Cousins news, here’s Trey Wingo repeatedly referring to him as Drew Stanton. And yes, I make tons of accidental slip-ups too. We all do. This is still funny.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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