Sports Beat “The Jets Should Keep Away From Kirk”
By Lloyd Carroll
The end of the NFL season means that the front offices of all teams will brainstorm to find ways to markedly improve themselves for 2018. A lot of sportswriters are imploring the Jets to sign longtime Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins who is slated to become a free agent in March. A notable exception is Daily News NFL columnist and Fresh Meadows native Gary Myers who does not view him as an elite signal-caller.
I frequently disagree with Myers, but he is absolutely right on the money this time. What has Cousins done for the Washington Redskins? His stats may be nice, but they have not won a playoff game in the last seven years. Of course, the Jets have missed the playoffs for the past eight years so on that level Cousins is a perfect fit for them.
Jets fans who are drooling for Cousins have to wonder why his old employer, the Redskins, pulled the trigger on a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs to acquire their starting QB from last season, Alex Smith if Cousins is so desirable.
While I understand Jets fans’ frustration and the reality that neither of the two quarterbacks on their roster, Bryce Petty, and Christian Hackenberg, are not quality NFL starters, history has shown that the household names of the NFL such as Tom Brady, Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Russell Wilson, and Matt Ryan were drafted and developed by their current teams.
Drew Brees who started his career with the San Diego Chargers but was traded to the New Orleans Saints in 2006 when the Chargers drafted their current QB, Philip Rivers, has flourished in the Crescent City but he is a rare exception that proves the rule.