Jay Gruden: ‘Without a doubt’ Redskins improved at QB position
Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden insists the team is in a far better place at the quarterback position thanks to the acquisition of Alex Smith, which of course preceded the decision to not bring back Kirk Cousins.
The Redskins, after electing to pay Cousins top-dollar by applying the franchise tag on the quarterback the past two seasons, elected to make a trade for the veteran Smith. The acquisition cost Washington a third-round pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller. The Redskins later signed Smith to a four-year, $94 million deal.
Cousins ultimately signed with the Minnesota Vikings on a fully-guaranteed, three-year, $84 million deal. While Cousins put up great stats with Washington once he won the starting quarterback role, it was clear the team had its doubts on his ceiling, which was illustrated by a reluctance to sign Cousins to a long-term deal.
Comments from Gruden on Tuesday would seem to reinforce the notion that Washington was never sold on Cousins.
Asked #Redskins coach Jay Gruden if his team got better at the QB position. Says “without a doubt.” Then explains, not to compare Cousins to Smith, but based on Smith’s credentials, they definitely improved there, which is the goal.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 27, 2018
Gruden obviously had no other option but to say Smith is a better option as opposed to Cousins. While the case can be made that Gruden’s stance is arguably a dubious one all things considered, it can be inferred that all parties involved with Cousins moving on from Washington are quite pleased with how things turned out in the end.