There is no quarterback controversy with the Washington Redskins. That’s according to the rookie quarterback whose play in the second half of Saturday night’s preseason game in Chicago supposedly is stirring up that controversy.
“I don’t think so,” Cousins said in the locker room at Redskins Park following Monday’s practice. “I think that this is Robert’s team. This is Robert’s opportunity. The coaches have made that very clear. It’s my job to do the best I can in my situation and in my opportunities. And that’s what I’m trying to do.”
Cousins completed 18 of 23 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns in the second half of the Redskins’ 33-31 loss to the Bears. That came with the starters for both teams out of the game. Still, Cousins’s play prompted Bears analyst Jim Miller to raise the possibility that the Redskins could have a quarterback controversy brewing.
Cousins, a fourth-round draft pick by the Redskins in April, said he’s not even spending too much time fretting about whether he’ll enter the regular season as the team’s primary backup to Griffin or its third quarterback behind Griffin and veteran Rex Grossman. Griffin, the second overall selection the draft, was named the team’s starter by Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan during the offseason.
“I think that whether I’m the two or the three, whatever the labels put on me, that’s for the coaches to decide,” Cousins said. “I think my job is, in a preseason game like Saturday night, to go out and play as well as I can, and for them to come into the meeting room and watch the film and be excited about what I’m doing and be excited about what I have to offer to this team. It’s not my job to decide if I’m the two or the three. It’s my job to play as good a football as I can and then let the coaches figure all that out.”
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