Post by SkinsFan67 on Sept 28, 2018 15:31:43 GMT -5
Those mistakes have context, too, and it's always ignored. Cousins will play great, put up fantastic numbers and the offense scores a ton of points, even without a running game. The defense gives up copious amounts of points, undoing a herculean effort by Cousins who by late in the game realizes either he does it or no one will. Time is now a factor and he, having to pull the weight of the entire team and the game on his shoulders, makes a mistake late in the game trying to up his game from an already stellar position. The team loses and it's somehow his fault and his mistake that cost them the game. This is the true wash...rinse...repeat cycle.
The 47 minutes of bumbling by the defense doesn't get the blame. It's not the wasted 4 TDs and 3 FGs that gets mentioned that turned the next offensive series into an emergency need-a-TD situation. No, it's the one play on the one drive that should never have been important in the first place that gets characterized as Cousins' fault when it was really the failing cast around him that caused it.
When those same mistakes keep happening to the same player regardless of the team he is on though, it does seem to be more that just a coincidence. Starting in '15 when he became our starter he has the following fumbles:
'15 - 9
'16 - 9
'17 - 13
'18 - 4 (through 4 games, so on pace for 16 fumbles)
And prior to becoming a starter he had a total of 6 fumbles in 14 games played in (9 starts). It is clearly a problem for Kirk. That is a total of 41 fumbles since 6.25 seasons. All of it can not be blamed on his OL.