4 Teams Kirk Cousins Could Start for Immediately

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 9, 2012

4 Teams Kirk Cousins Could Start for Immediately

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    Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins opened some eyes with his performance in Week 5, and it's clear that at least a few quarterback-hungry teams could use his services right now. 

    Mike Shanahan was looked at with raised eyebrows when he spent two draft picks on quarterbacks last spring, but after Robert Griffin III went down with a mild concussion in Week 5, the genius of his decision was evident for all to see. 

    Cousins looked pretty good in his pro debut after getting pressed into duty against one of the NFL's top defenses, and although he did throw two picks, it's clear this young man has a bright future ahead of him. 

    Yet as long as RG3 is in the picture in Washington, Cousins is going to play second fiddle.

    It's not out of the question to think that the Redskins could be preparing to use him as trade bait, which got us wondering: Which teams could plug Cousins in right now and be better off with him than their current starters?

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    The "Blaine Gabbert Experiment" in Jacksonville has proven to be an unmitigated disaster, and the sooner the Jaguars come to terms with this sad truth, the better off this franchise will be. 

    Through 20 career games, Gabbert has completed just 51.9 percent of his passes, has averaged just over 150 yards per game with 17 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. His career passer rating is well below average at 67.5, and it's clear he isn't the answer for the Jags. 

    This team needs a new quarterback.

New York Jets

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    Yes, the New York Jets have many other issues on offense, but there's no doubt this team needs a new quarterback. 

    Mark Sanchez has absolutely no confidence in himself or his teammates right now.

    Furthermore, he's the first quarterback since 1999 to have attempted more than 25 passes in four straight games to have completed less than half of them (h/t Elias Sports Bureau, via ESPN Stats & Info). 

    Tim Tebow isn't the answer, either, in case you were wondering. The Jets have taken any last bits of quarterback he may have had left and forced it out in the weight room. 

Arizona Cardinals

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    Kevin Kolb is a ticking time bomb waiting to destroy the Arizona Cardinals, and John Skelton has some serious accuracy issues (52.4 percent for his career). 

    The Cardinals had major quarterback concerns before the season ever began, but their 4-0 start caused many casual fans to forget about their ineptitude behind center. 

    After watching Kolb throw inaccurate pass after inaccurate pass against the St. Louis Rams on Thursday Night Football, it should be clear to everyone the Cardinals need a new quarterback. 

Kansas City Chiefs

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    The Kansas City Chiefs are loaded with offensive weapons, but there isn't a legitimate starting quarterback in the roster to make good use of any of them.

    Matt Cassel has had a bit of success in the NFL, but he's clearly gone cold this year. He has turned the ball over 13 times through five games, and he's on pace to turn the ball over 41 times this season.

    Brady Quinn and Ricky Stanzi are not playing in his stead, and for good reason. Neither one of them has the skill set to become a starting quarterback, and right now, the Chiefs are just hoping their running game and defense can win them a few games this season. 

    Cousins may not win 10 games with the Chiefs, but he would at least give them a fighting chance every week. 


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