Kirk Cousins says he’s preparing as if he’s starting Week 1


(Via Central Wesleyan Church’s Vimeo)

Virtually everyone in Washington, and possibly in the universe, is now convinced that Robert Griffin III will be the Week 1 starter for the Redskins. Kirk Cousins, though, said he’s still preparing as if he will be the guy.

“It’s a wait-and-see approach,” Cousins said during a recent radio appearance on WBBL’s The Huge Show. “Robert’s looking awfully good for only being whatever it is, six months into the injury. He’s moving around really well, and I have high expectations for him. I know he has even higher expectations for himself, and we’ll just play it as it goes. But my mindset has to be that I need to approach it like I’m gonna start Week 1. And really, I approached last season like I was gonna start Week 1, just for the simple fact that that’s the way I prepare best. So I’ve got to put the pressure on myself somehow, and I guess the best way to do that is to convince myself that I’m playing.”

Cousins, as mentioned earlier this week, has a book coming out, and has been doing plenty of appearances in recent weeks. He gave a Father’s Day talk at Central Wesleyan Church over the weekend, and talked at length about being picked by the Redskins.

On the first night of the 2012 draft, Cousins said, he listened to a religious talk “about how if you’re already comfortable, you don’t really need God. And God desires to put you in a place of being uncomfortable, so that you realize your need for him, and that’s when he can really work in and through your life.

“And little did I know that the next day, when I was hoping to be picked in the second or third round, hoping to go to a team where I would have a chance to compete to be the starting quarterback, I watched pick after pick go, for several hours, and I wasn’t selected,” Cousins said. “And then Saturday rolled around and I get a call from Coach Shanahan with the Redskins, and he says we pick in two picks and we’re going to take you. I thought, Really? The Washington Redskins? You just drafted Robert Griffin III, the second overall pick, which means if I go here, I have NO CHANCE of starting. No matter how well I play, no matter how well I practice. I could throw a touchdown pass on every play; I’m not playing. God, what are you doing? Why are you bringing me here?….

“Later that day, my dad came to me, he said Kirk, I didn’t think about this until just now. You were the eighth quarterback taken in this draft, and I think God is just saying one more time to you, Kirk, don’t lean on your own understanding, Proverbs 3:5-6, just trust me, let me direct your steps, stay patient, and let’s just see what God has in store here.  And so I’m waiting. I’m not sure what God has in store, but my rookie year in Washington exceeded my expectations, and I believe that God’s doing something. He has me there for a reason. And I’m just gonna keep trusting him.”

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

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