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Charley Casserly: In Kirk Cousins, Redskins may have another Tony Romo

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Charley Casserly: In Kirk Cousins, Redskins may have another Tony Romo

Is Tony Romo a successful NFL quarterback?

From a pure numbers standpoint, the answer is yes. The soon-to-be ex-Cowboy will leave the franchise as its leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns (finishing on top of some pretty decent names). But Romo is such a polarizing NFL figure because he'll also exit Dallas without many postseason triumphs — he's been a part of the team since 2003 and has only appeared in six playoff contests, losing four.

On paper (and without all the injury issues, which are a major problem as well) Romo is firmly in that second tier of QBs, the ones who can secure nine, 10 and 11-win seasons but will also usually get edged out by the most elite options in January and February.

Therefore, when Charley Casserly says he thinks Kirk Cousins resembles Romo, it may worry those who support re-signing Cousins and provide more ammo for those who oppose it.

"I think there's a lot of similarities between these two when you look at their careers," Casserly told CSN's JP Finlay on Finlay's #RedskinsTalk podcast, "as far as the ability to make clutch plays under pressure."

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"Romo had a number of plays that were bonehead plays," Casserly said of the 36-year-old with a couple of playoff wins and more than a couple of head-scratching late-game decisions. "And until he got a running game and an offensive line, that's when he really showed how good he could be. He always showed the flashes, they were always there, but he would break down at critical times under pressure. And that was his history."

"What the Redskins might have," he concluded, "they might have Tony Romo here in Kirk Cousins." 

Of course, before Cousins, Washington hasn't had someone under center at his or Romo's level in years, and when you look at the situation that way, they shouldn't hesitate to retain him for many seasons to come. And Casserly himself said Cousins "has the potential" to go deep in the playoffs.

But because of gaffes like his 2016 season-crushing interception against the Giants or an iffy performance against the Packers after the Redskins won the 2015 division title, there will be doubts about whether No. 8 really deserves that type of commitment, the same kind of doubts that have followed No. 9 around for a decade. After all, as good as Romo was for the Cowboys, the organization still hasn't seen an NFC Championship game in 20 years. 

For all of Finlay's discussion with Casserly, click the link below to listen to the full podcast.

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Oddsmakers give Kirk Cousins favorable shot at 2017 NFL MVP

Oddsmakers give Kirk Cousins favorable shot at 2017 NFL MVP

There continues to be a (ridiculous) debate on whether or not Kirk Cousins can continue to be a successful starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins.

In the betting industry, there is not much debate with Cousins being listed with 50/1 odds to win the NFL MVP award this upcoming season from Bovada. Among all the other players listed, he is in a tie for 14th. 

He is coming off back-to-back seasons with seven 300 yard passing games, a team record, and has an abundance of fresh, young wide receivers to compliment his passing style. Last year he was third in the league in passing yards with 4,917, trailing only Drew Brees (5,208) and Matt Ryan (4,944). 

The team may not be poised for a Super Bowl run in 2017-18, but if the team makes a post-season run, who will it be on the back of? Jordan Reed? Rob Kelley? Ryan Kerrigan?

No, it will be Kirk Cousins. 

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Entering this season at 40-years-old, and defending Super Bowl MVP, Tom Brady is the overall favorite at 4/1. He is closely followed by Aaron Rodgers, and young quarterbacks Derek Carr and Dak Prescott. 

BOVADA 2017-18 NFL MVP ODDS:

Tom Brady, NE — 4/1
Aaron Rodgers, GB — 7/1
Derek Carr, OAK — 9/1
Dak Prescott, DAL — 12/1
Ben Roethlisberger, PIT — 12/1
Russell Wilson, SEA — 12/1
Matt Ryan, ATL — 16/1
Ezekiel Elliott, DAL — 20/1
Drew Brees, NO — 25/1
Andrew Luck, IND — 25/1
Cam Newton, CAR — 25/1
David Johnson, ARI — 33/1
Marcus Mariota, TEN — 33/1
Sam Bradford, MIN — 50/1
Antonio Brown, PIT — 50/1
Kirk Cousins, WAS — 50/1
Julio Jones, ATL — 50/1
Eli Manning, NYG — 50/1
Carson Palmer, ARI — 50/1
Adrian Peterson, NO — 50/1
Philip Rivers, LAC — 50/1
Matt Stafford, DET — 50/1
Odell Beckham Jr., NYG — 66/1
Rob Gronkowski, NE — 66/1
Alex Smith, KC — 66/1
Ryan Tannehill, MIA — 66/1
J.J. Watt, HOU — 66/1
Jameis Winston, TB — 66/1
Blake Bortles, JAX — 100/1
Andy Dalton, CIN — 100/1
Joe Flacco, BAL — 100/1
T.Y. Hilton, IND — 100/1
Marshawn Lynch, OAK — 100/1
LeSean McCoy, BUF — 100/1
Von Miller, DEN — 100/1
DeMarco Murray, TEN — 100/1
Carson Wentz, PHL — 100/1

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True or False: Rob Kelley will be Redskins leading rusher

True or False: Rob Kelley will be Redskins leading rusher

Robert Kelley emerged as the Redskins top running back in 2016, an incredible story of an undrafted guy working his way to the top. Of course, Matt Jones' problems with fumbling helped push Kelley to the top. 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden speaks highly of Kelley, particularly his fluidity and vision, but the team drafted Samaje Perine in the fourth round this year to provide additional competition in the backfield.

Here's the crucial statement: Rob Kelley will lead the Redskins in rushing yards in 2017.

Finlay: True.

Kelley averaged 4.2 yards-per-carry last season and the Redskins ground game is very much centered on a "4 or more" philosophy. Washington running backs coach Randy Jordan joined the #RedskinsTalk podcast and explained that the team wants a runner it can count on for positive yards more than creating big plays. The Redskins offense, as designed by Gruden, sets up for big plays in the pass game, and the run should allow for proper use of play action. 

In just nine starts last year, Kelley gained more than 700 yards. Project that out over 16 games, and he would be over 1,000 yards rushing. Perine has much to learn about the NFL, and understanding pass protections will take time for the rookie out of Oklahoma. Chris Thompson will be a key part of the offense, but much of his yardage will come via the pass game. 

Kelley will lead this team in rush yards. He's looked great in OTAs and minicamp while the coaching staff believes Kelley is in much better shape this year than he was as a rookie. Write it down in pen. 

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Tandler: True.

After the draft and during rookie camp I was saying that there was a chance that Perine could lead the team is rushing this year. But after seeing Perine playing with the big boys in OTAs and minicamp it’s apparent that he has a long way to go to become a consistently productive running back.

One thing Kelley seems to have going in his favor is that he has a very sensible outlook on the NFL. As JP noted, Kelley showed up to Redskins Park in better shape than he did as a rookie. This indicates to me that he understands that being an NFL players is a year-round job. Staying in great shape is important in the league but at running back it’s vital. Kelley gets that and because he does, his chances of being available for 16 games are much higher.

In turn, that improves his chance of being the team’s leading rusher. I’m not sure if he’ll get 1,000 yards—Perine will get things figured out enough to take some carries before the season gets too old—but Gruden will make sure that he gets fed plenty as long as he is available. 

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