5 reasons why Kirk Cousins is currently better than Aaron Rodgers

(Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
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If Cousins is a “dink and dunk” quarterback, then so is Rodgers

For clarity, “dink-and-dunking” can best be described as completing short passes rather than stretching the field aerially.

Since Kirk Cousins became the Washington Redskins full-time starting quarterback five seasons ago, 52 percent of his passes have gained 10 yards or less.

In that same time period, 54 percent of all Aaron Rodgers’ completions have gained 10 yards or less. A case can really be made that neither quarterback has a dink-and-dunk style.

For the sake of context, in a 2019 season that saw Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award, 60 percent of all his completions gained nine yards or less. Is the national perception that Murray is the budding granddaddy of them all for dink-and-dunking? Probably not, right?

The dink-and-dunk adages are eerily familiar to the “padding stats” accusations. To maintain a logical, evidence-based stance when assigning the dink-and-dunk characterization, both Cousins and Rodgers are dink-and-dunk offenders or neither of them are. Once again, it cannot be true for one man and false for the other.

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All statistics from Pro-Football-Reference.com unless otherwise stated.