Another beautifully written piece, Boone. I enjoyed it thoroughly and it echoes my sentiment as well.
For a team that went without a QB and struggled miserably for the better part of 20 odd seasons, you certainly would think they would cherish Cousins at this point.
The reality is that nobody knows how Robert will respond to live bullets. As well, if people think that he's not going to be a target for the opposition, they are fooling themselves.
Sans Cousins, the reality is that you run the risk of potentially being back to square one, staring at Rex Grossman behind center once again, and spinning your tires (did I say that we were REALLY good at doing that for 20 odd years?) I realize that this is a worst case scenario, "world is falling" hypothetical scenario, but it certainly puts things in perspective.
For a team wanting to build on the positive momentum built a season ago, this is the last road you want to go down.
We're just starting to get out of the wilderness...let's keep it that way - I enjoy seeing light.