I'm kind of a fan of the "go with what's working" approach.J. Kapp 11 wrote: ↑Wed Oct 14, 2020 4:41 pmI realize that's not on Cousins, and it may not even be totally on Zimmer, since Kubiak calls the plays. But you just KNOW Zimmer's "play not to lose ... let's run out the clock" mindset played into this.
Maybe the right answer is that we didn't NEED Cousins to do anything more than he did, but if we'd have ALLOWED him to, he might have put the game away for us.
As you noted, they were running it down their throats that whole drive. They needed 6 inches for a 1st down that would have iced the game.
Could surprising them with a pass have worked in that situation or on the prior play? Maybe. But it probably wasn't necessary when a QB sneak on that 4th down play would have done the trick.
All I'm trying to get to in my responses in this thread is that Cousins wasn't outplayed in that game by Wilson. That doesn't make him a better QB overall than Wilson. That doesn't mean I'd take him over Wilson if I had a choice. It just means that Cousins played well enough to win, and, in that particular game, at least as well as, if not better than, Wilson.