Billick: Kirk Cousins is the 'definition of a backup'

Count Brian Billick among those who Don't like that.

On GameDay First, the former Ravens head coach and current NFL Network analyst said Washington doesn't exactly have franchise quarterback material on hands with Kirk Cousins.

"He's a touchdown-for-interception guy, that's the definition of a backup," Billick said. "You need to make a quarterback that can make plays outside of the design of the offense ... Kirk Cousins is just a good solid guy and unfortunately for Washington, they're going to need a lot more."

Billick's point was that if coach Jay Gruden decides to live and die with Cousins instead of digging in and mending his relationship with and confidence of Robert Griffin III, it would be a reason for Washington to get rid of him if the record doesn't reflect progress.

However, Washington could very well knock off the Giants on Sunday in Landover, Maryland. In ugly weather, a budding offensive line and a heavy dose of mammoth rookie Matt Jones could move the team into a tie for first place. Cousins doesn't need to be exceptional in moments like these. He just needs to be good enough.

Billick isn't wrong. If Cousins could take over games every week, he would have been drafted right around the same time Robert Griffin III was. That being said, he has had some dominant performances in 2015 so far and Gruden is no dunce. Cousins is only 27 and has plenty of time to develop.

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