Where’s The Love?
As February blends into March…Spring sports are underway at Shenandoah University. And once again, the Hornet baseball team is nationally-ranked, as high as number 6 in one poll. As of this writing, SU is undefeated with an 8-0 start. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: there just doesn’t seem to be enough buzz about SU Baseball. Coach Kevin Anderson puts together a powerhouse that wins 30 games just about every season. It’s as close to a dynasty as you can get, yet they still don’t have an on-campus field to call their own. The Hornets play at nearby Bridgeforth Field, which is a fine, functional facility, but it’s not “home.” Kevin has taken his squads to 2 D-3 World Series’ in Wisconsin, numerous NCAA Regionals, and is the architect of a program that kids from all over know about and want to play for. If ever there was a team deserving of new, shiny digs, it would be the Hornet baseball team.
Now for today’s topic. The Washington Redskins stole headlines this week from the Capitals and Wizards, who are both having great years, by announcing the tagging of QB Kirk Cousins with the “exclusive” franchise label for the 2017 season. While that’s a step in the right direction, and we can at least come off the ledge for another year, a long-term deal has yet to be reached. Which means there is still the possibility that Cousins won’t be the long-term Skins’ signal caller.
What more does Kirk Cousins have to prove to the Redskins organization? All he’s done the last two seasons is set the franchise record for passing yardage (he broke his own record this past season, throwing for almost 5-thousand yards). he led the Skins to the playoffs in 2015, and if not for a porous defense in 2016, would have done it again.
Who out there would be a better alternative to Cousins? A broken-down, aging Tony Romo? An inconsistent Jay Cutler? Mark Sanchez? I could go on and on, but none of the above sound like better options than Kirk Cousins, whose best years appear to be ahead, as he grows more and more comfortable with Jay Gruden’s offense.
The problem may now be that Cousins doesn’t feel the love from the Redskins. The franchise tag placed on Kirk last year and again this year seem to indicate that Washington is merely buying time until “something better comes along,” or if another team ponies up a couple of high draft choices for Cousins. That’s not a ringing endorsement.
I’m not sure what the holdup is in getting a long term deal done, but I can take a stab. Maybe it’s as simple as Dan Snyder not wanting to admit he was wrong about RG3. Griffin remains the “elephant in the room” when fans discuss the pros and cons of Kirk Cousins, and we all know that Snyder was an “RG3 guy.” It may be that simple.
The 20-year long Dan Snyder Highway of Broken Dreams is littered with names like Tony Banks, Donovan McNabb, Shane Matthews, Patrick Ramsey, and the list of QBs goes on and on and on. For an organization that is now using buzz words like patience and continuity, it’s now time for the Washington Redskins to do the right thing and show Kirk Cousins that he is their quarterback for the forseeable future.
That’s it from the Booth…until next time, “You Like That!?” and