Kirk Cousins: Sometimes QBs running the ball is safer

(Sarah Kogod/The Washington Post)
(Sarah Kogod/The Washington Post)

Kirk Cousins‘s multi-platform book tour stopped by WTEM (980 AM) recently, and I jotted down two notes from the appearance.

1) We have now reached the point in the offseason where radio hosts are asking the backup quarterback about comments made by the father of starting quarterback. The NFL needs a shorter offseason. Either that, or the world needs a shorter calendar.

2) Still, Cousins managed to be interesting on the topic, because he echoed the thoughts of many Redskins fans who have argued that quarterbacks might actually be safer on designed runs than on impromptu scrambles.

Anyhow, here is Cousins, talking to The Sports Fix’s Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro about RGIII’s father’s desire for fewer runs.

“Well, I think he’s his dad,” Cousins said. “And my dad would say the same thing. But I think the heart behind it is we want to protect him, we want him to be kept safe, not just for his football career, but for after football. And that’s understandable, and I don’t think anybody disagrees with that. There’s no coach in our building, there’s no GM or owner saying oh, we want him to run more and be put in harm’s way.

“I think what he meant was to protect his son, which I totally understand,” Cousins continued. “So I think you’ve got to look at the heart behind it and understand what he’s saying. But at the same time, I believe a lot of times it’s just as dangerous to be a drop-back passer — thinking of a defensive end sprinting at you and a left tackle who happens to miss the guy — than it is when you’re running the read-option and you have a chance to actually see who’s coming to hit you and step out of bounds in front of him. Sometimes, I would say running the ball is actually a safer play call than taking a seven-step drop.”

Again, whether this is true or not, this is the argument a huge number of Redskins fans have been making for the past eight months. And Cousins is on their side.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things DC sports at the DC Sports Bog.
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