The many faces of Kirk Cousins. Well, we typically only see one from the Redskins quarterback during the season, but he has a tendency to be a little fiery at times.
The quarterback is a very competitive person, and it wasn’t the first time he’s uttered a similar phrase to a Comcast SportsNet reporter that wasn’t in the frame.
Redskins Coach Jay Gruden said he hasn’t seen too much of Cousins’s intense side lately, noting he’s still trying to find his way with how to balance those emotions around his teammates.
“He’s just been announced the starting quarterback this year for the first time in his career,” Gruden said. “I think he feels like he needs to earn the respect first before he goes hog wild. He was very excited obviously after the game, as we all were. I think you’ll see more and more of that passion come out the more success that he has.”
There was absolutely nothing wrong with Cousins’s reaction after the game. The adrenaline was pumping as he trotted off the field and, although he was yelling, in a strange way Cousins came off somewhat respectful. If you were to grade his trash talking on the film rating system, that was on the level of a PG-rated movie. Maybe even just G.
The bigger question remains unknown about how often the Redskins expect performances like this that from their starting quarterback. We’ve seen Cousins muster up three solid performances this season, all resulting in Washington wins, and he’s had four shaky outings in defeat. Outside of the sack-fumble that was returned for a touchdown, he played about as well as he possibly could in a game when the Redskins needed to rely on his arm to mount the historic comeback. He was 33 for 40 for 317 yards with three touchdowns and a career-high 124.7 passer rating. Cousins also scored on an eight-yard zone-read keeper for the team’s only touchdown in the first half.
“That position is all about consistency, but it’s all about getting better-and-better-and-better and showing us that he has the right to be a starter,” Gruden said. “I think he’s done that over the first seven games, but we still need to see more consistency from him and everybody for us to be where we want to be.”
All in a day’s work
Here’s what you might’ve missed Monday on The Insider:
- The Redskins are enjoying this win, but they have some issues to fix during the bye week.
- Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan had surgery on his right hand Monday.
- Gruden played along with his job-security narrative during Monday’s presser.
- Here are five observations following the Redskins’ victory over the Bucs.
- In the latest review of the Redskins’ snap counts, tight end Jordan Reed led the offense in targets in his return.
- The Redskins made some changes at wide receiver on the practice squad.
The Bucs were the first team to score on their opening possession against the Redskins, breaking a six game streak. Entering Week 7, Washington was one of two teams, along with the Denver Broncos, that didn’t allow an opposing score on the opening drive this season.
The Redskins have returned a kickoff for a touchdown, blocked a punt for a touchdown and attempted a successful onside kick in the first seven weeks of the season. The last Redskins team to accomplish all three feats in a season was in 1983, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
The Redskins will begin their only practice this week at 10 a.m. Gruden will speak to members of the media one last time before the team enjoys a few days off during the bye.
Master Tesfatsion begins weekday mornings on The Insider with a lighter take on the Redskins, and catches you up on anything you might have missed.