Kirk Cousins may have finally been chosen to be the starting quarterback of the Washington Redskins last season, but the first half of 2015 came off as clumsy as a pig on ice skates. In game One the Skins managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory over Miami. After 5 more games the record stood at 2 wins and four losses.
Why the rough start? Two things stood out:
In game 7 the Skins met the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who had whupped the Saints at home in the Super Dome in week 3. When the Bucs went up 24-0 many Skins fans started to leave early – enough was enough they must have thought, “no more”.
Oddly enough, Kirk Cousins and the rest of the offense must have been thinking the same thing…
The braver Redskin fans who had stayed learned a valuable lesson that day: You can only whup a dog so long before it turns around and bites the crap out of you. And bite they did, first the offense and then the Skins defense. Over… And over… When the dust had settled the Redskins had scored 31 points to just 6 more by the Bucs, and the rest was “You like that?” history.
But what had really happened? Had Kirk Cousins carried the team on his back to an epic victory, or had the offense and defense carried Kirk?
The answer lay somewhere in the middle, but two things had definitely happened:
At any rate, “You like that?” became a battle cry for the last 8 games of the season, and our Redskins went 6 and 2 on the back end of the season.
Kirk had won far more than just a game that day in Week 7, he had won what Coach Gruden couldn’t just give him.
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