Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has been known as a fiery competitor during practices, and it became well-documented after his “You like that!” comments following a 24-point comeback against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But Redskins Coach Jay Gruden said Cousins is still finding his way on how to channel those emotions as a vocal leader on the team.
“The leadership stuff will come and I think everybody looks up to him, the type of kid he is, how hard he works,” Gruden said. “As far as being a vocal leader, that may or may not be his style yet, he may grow into that type of role. There’s great ways to lead, you don’t have to be a vocal leader, to yell at people to lead. I think if you lead by example, by your work ethic, holding people to high standards, he’s in good shape. He’s doing a good job with that.”
Safety Dashon Goldson called a players-only meeting on Saturday night and used the moment to reassure Cousins that he’s the leader of the team. While Cousins didn’t make much of the moment, Goldson said he noticed a difference in the quarterback during the 20-14 victory. Goldson felt Cousins was confident and composed on the field and the sidelines.
“If I sat back and just let that go on a week-in and week-out, then I wouldn’t be doing my job as a leader and as a captain,” Goldson said after the game. “I just wanted to make sure he understood the importance of the position. If you look at every team, the quarterback is usually the one wearing the “C” on their jerseys. I wanted him to make sure that he understands that even though he’s not there, he’s still a leader and he’s still one of our captains.”
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