Well, I guess it's a matter of what facts one chooses to use as the barometer. I'm not arguing the average time to throw. However, that number can be skewed greatly by a couple of 5-second opportunities, whereas percentage of dropbacks is pretty much binary. Getting pressured on 56% of dropbacks is a significant number. Honestly, it's a ridiculously unacceptable number. I'd also be interested in seeing what the pressure percentage was on particular downs, such as third down.StumpHunter wrote: ↑Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:29 amHe had 3.11 seconds on average to throw, which was 4th longest in the NFL and nearly a second longer than Trubiskey had. The shortest sack came at 3.7 seconds.J. Kapp 11 wrote: ↑Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:30 pm
As Ronald Reagan once said, "There you go again."
Let me preface this by saying two things. 1. I'm supposed to be on break from this board, but my name is Kapp, and I'm a boardaholic. 2. Kirk Cousins did not play well yesterday ... nobody is making that argument, most notably me.
But ... you are talking out your butt if you think Cousins had time to throw against the Bears.
According to PFF, Kirk Cousins was pressured more than he wasn't against the Bears. On 38 dropbacks, he was pressured 21 times and not pressured 17 times. TWENTY-ONE PRESSURES. There are maybe, MAYBE three quarterbacks in the league who can survive, let alone play well in that kind of environment. Their names are Rodgers, Wilson and Watson. That's it.
Our offensive line is historically bad. Even Pat Elflein, who we somehow think is good, gave up 33 pressures on the season. The starting center for the 4-12 Raiders gave up 5. And Elflein was actually not the worst O-lineman on the team. That would be a tie between Remmers and Compton.
Cousins stunk up the joint yesterday. But it was inevitable. The O-line, already the worst in the league, played its worst game of the season.
It wasn't a great game by the Oline, but the numbers don't lie. He had time to throw, the longest of any game this season from what I can see, he just couldn't get it done with that time.
A tough pill to swallow I know, but those are the facts. Facts that will continued to be ignored by most fans and the sports media in this town, because it means that even if we fix the line, the odds of us winning a SB with this QB are almost non-existent.
Again, I'm not saying Cousins played well. Far from it. As he has a number of times this year, he got flustered when the heat was on. And some of the things I learned about him during the game, such as how he plans out each day on a spreadsheet in 10-minute increments, explain a LOT about his personality and why he doesn't thrive under pressure. My opinion of his abilities -- not his physical abilities, but the mental toughness side -- has certainly changed as the season has gone along. So I'm not an apologist.
However, you have to admit that we also have perhaps the worst offensive line in football, especially on the interior. Interestingly, at least by my recollection, Khalil Mack didn't cause THAT much trouble Sunday .... it was the 3 down linemen beating up on Compton, Elflein and Remmers. It was the perfect storm. Cousins was not sharp, and an already terrible O-line played its worst game since the Buffalo debacle.
Can you meet me halfway at least?