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David Carr Predicts Kirk Cousins Will Succeed, Alex Smith to Struggle Next Year

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2018

Minnesota Vikings new quarterback Kirk Cousins addresses the media after he was introduced during a news conference, after signing a three-year, $84 million contract, at the NFL football team's new headquarters Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Eagan, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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Former NFL quarterback and NFL.com analyst David Carr believes Kirk Cousins will experience more success with his new team, the Minnesota Vikings, while Alex Smith will take a step back in Washington.

Carr wrote the following on Cousins:

"Now, Cousins joins an offense with much more talent and a new coordinator in John DeFilippo who ran a cutting-edge offense in Philly.

"Cousins can do everything the elite quarterbacks do, and with a supporting cast of Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen (the NFL's top receiving duo in 2017), TE Kyle Rudolph and a healthy Dalvin Cook in the backfield, this should be his best season to date. The Vikings provide a perfect situation for Cousins—he should take them back to the NFC title game... and maybe beyond."

As for Smith, Carr believes he'll need to adjust to a totally new offensive philosophy with a downgrade in weapons.

Smith is not the only quarterback in a new situation Carr argues could struggle, however.

Case Keenum, for instance, will arguably have less weapons in Denver than he did in Minnesota, as Carr wrote, though he added, 

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"Keenum's going to fit in well with what Bill Musgrave aims to accomplish on offense, and has a history with senior personnel advisor Gary Kubiak, the former Texans coach who scooped up Keenum as an undrafted free agent in 2012. Denver quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan recently told me Keenum was the team's No. 1 target in free agency (yes, over Cousins), which tells me this hand-picked quarterback just might be the one Denver's been looking for since Peyton Manning left."

In addition, Carr believes Sam Bradford will experience more success with the Arizona Cardinals if he can stay healthy, in large part to the presence of superstar running back David Johnson.

Lastly, he thinks Tyrod Taylor will thrive in Cleveland under head coach Hue Jackson, who in turn "will (finally) have the luxury of being creative with a steady veteran under center, a dangerous receiving corps and a solid backfield. Taylor's ability to run the ball or deliver a pass from the pocket will open up the playbook, allowing Jackson and his offense to flourish."

It's been some time since Cleveland has had a competent quarterback. Taylor appears to be a placeholder for the QB the Browns will likely select in this year NFL's draft and groom for their future, but while the starter, Taylor will have weapons like Jarvis Landry, Josh Gordon, Duke Johnson Jr. and Carlos Hyde to deploy.

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