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Turn the Page

Turn the Page

Turn the Page

In the mainstream media, the story of a Redskins game has a shelf life of about 36 hours after the game is over. That would mean that for a Sunday day game, you want to say all you have to say about it by Tuesday morning and then move on. Coverage of a Monday night game could linger into Wednesday afternoon, but that’s about it. Here, given that the level of interest is higher than it is in the “normal” world, you can add about 24 hours to that cycle.

This week with the perfect storm of a stunning, exciting win on Monday night over a hated rival who has owned the Redskins, followed up by a bye week, the cycle stretched into the weekend. As we’ve watched the final five minutes on their Tivo’s over and over again, we haven’t been able to get enough of reading different perspectives on the game. We’ve soaked up stories about and interviews with Santana Moss, Mark Brunell, Joe Gibbs, the various defenders involved in the late defensive stands, the assistant coaches, Joe Gibbs’ wife’s reaction and so on. While the sheer giddiness has faded, the desire to hold on to the good feeling remains.

Not to be a wet blanket or anything but it’s time to turn the page here. By sunset today Dallas will have played another game and we won’t be dealing with current events when we talk about last Monday night any more, we’ll be talking about history. Not ancient history, to be sure, like the Cowboys fans who are talking about how they’ll take 14 of the last 16 vs. Washington, but history nonetheless.

No more rehashing who else might have been open on the second TD pass to Moss. No more trying to figure out who the kid was that Gibbs embraced right after getting doused with the Gatorade bucket. No more running Sean Taylor’s hit on Crayton back in super slow motion to see if it really should have been called a fumble. No more replaying Moss’ second TD catch to hear the Redskins fans in Texas Stadium cheering loudly. OK, another peek on the Tivo is fine, but beyond that it’s time to move on despite the temptation to linger. It’s time to stop thinking about what it was like to move to 2-0 and start looking at the prospects for going 3-0.

Seattle, like Dallas and the Redskins, is another team in the muddled middle of the NFL. They’re not elite but they’re not horrible either. Washington should be favored based on the home field advantage with perhaps a bit more of an edge granted since Gibbs and company have had extra time to prepare and game plan for the Seahawks, who host Arizona on Sunday. They’re not a good road team and they’ll be making a long trip. The prospects are good, let’s start focusing on them.





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Is Kirk Cousins the most overrated player in the NFL? One analyst says so

Is Kirk Cousins the most overrated player in the NFL? One analyst says so

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports declared Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins the most overrated player in the NFL. Prisco repeatedly points out that while Cousins is a good quarterback, the notion that he should be paid like one of the best passers in the league is what makes him overrated.

From Prisco:

After having six 300-yard-plus passing games in his first 11 games, including two over 400, Cousins had one in the final five games last season as the Redskins pushed for a playoff spot. He had five touchdown passes and five interceptions in those games, going 2-3 as Washington folded. It wasn't all on him, but that's the point. I don't think he's a quarterback who rises above situations when the team isn't going right. I am not going to sit here and pan him as a starter. He has proven to be that, and a pretty good one. It's just that the perception is he's much better than that, which is why he's my most overrated player in the NFL in 2017.

Here's the problem with Prisco's login: Simple market economics. 

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An argument can be made Cousins is a Top 10 passer. He's certainly in the top half of the league at the position. Few, if any, would argue Cousins is a Top 5 quarterback, but his contract situation forces him to be paid like he is. Those are the exact terms of the franchise tag, even before the 20 percent increase Washington paid this season to use a second-straight tag.  

Since the Redskins lost their window to sign their single-season passing yards record holder to a team-friendly deal last year, Cousins has leverage and the advantage of inflated QB salaries on his side.

That doesn't mean Cousins is overrated. 

If the threshold for being overrated is money, then Brock Osweiler wins this thing in a landslide. After the 2016 season in Houston, Osweiler seems unlikely to ever again be considered a starting QB in the NFL. He's due to be paid $18 million this fall and his offseason trade to the Browns will go down as the first-ever salary dump in NFL history. 

Is Cousins overpaid? Probably. That's the way contracts work in pro football. 

Is Cousins overrated? Probably not. He's thrown for more than 9,000 yards and completed about 68 percent of his passes over the last two seasons. 

There just aren't enough quarterbacks to go around in the NFL, and guys who can play the position get paid handsomely. That doesn't make Cousins overrated. 

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Lucky Whitehead a victim of mistaken identity according to police

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Lucky Whitehead a victim of mistaken identity according to police

It's been a confusing stretch for Cowboys receiver Lucky Whitehead. 

The charges against the Bealeton, Virginia native have now been dropped, after it was determined by Prince William County Police that Whitehead is not the man accused of shoplifting at a convenience store in Woodbridge, Virginia on June 22.

Here's the full statement released Tuesday:

Upon reviewing the June 22, 2017 arrest of an individual named “Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr.”, the police department is confident that the man charged with petit larceny, and who is subsequently being sought on an active warrant for failure to appear in court, is not Lucky Whitehead of the Dallas Cowboys. The man charged on the morning of June 22 was not in possession of identification at the time of the encounter; however, did verbally provide identifying information to officers, which included a name, date of birth, and social security number matching that of Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr.

Officers then checked this information through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) database.The DMV photo on file was then used to compare to the man who was in custody. Officers acted in good faith that, at the time, the man in custody was the same man matching the information provided. At this point, the police department is also confident in confirming that Mr. Whitehead’s identify was falsely provided to police during the investigation.The police department is currently seeking the identity of the man involved in the incident. Since the identifying information provided by the arrestee during the investigation was apparently false, the police department is working with the Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office to clear Mr. Whitehead from this investigation.

The police department regrets the impact these events had on Mr. Whitehead and his family.

 

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Cowboys hadn't officially released Whitehead on Monday, despite reports to the contrary. 

 

Although it's looking like he still may be looking for a new home.

 

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