Kirk Cousins knows he needs to gain experience
ATLANTA--Kirk Cousins put up some impressive passing numbers, completing 29 of 45 attempts for a career-high 381 yards and three touchdowns.
But he also tossed two interceptions, lost a fumble and the Redskins lost, 27-26, to the Falcons when his two point conversion pass was tipped away in the final seconds. And it was the miscues—not the big passing numbers—that were on Cousins’ mind after the game.
“We just didn’t do enough to win,” Cousins said. “Two interceptions that were on me. A fumble that you don’t want to have. The failed two-point conversion. That was on me. Those are four plays right there, that if they go differently, it’s probably a much better result.”
Cousins, who will start also start the next two games, fell to 1-1 as a starter.
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“It’s a tough one to swallow right now and we will learn from it and get better,” he said. “I think there would have been a different result today had I been a bit more experienced.”
Cousins also said the career day for passing yards doesn’t mean a whole lot right now.
“You know,” he continued, “numbers at the end of the day don’t really mean a whole lot to me. Playing in the Big Ten at Michigan State, it wasn’t about numbers it was about winning and getting championships. It’s the same thing here. It’s about winning.”
Despite the turnovers, Cousins gave the Redskins a chance in the waning seconds. The second-year quarterback directed a 13-play, 80-yard drive that culminated with a three-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss. The score with 18 seconds remaining pulled the Redskins to within 27-26.
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Coach Mike Shanahan called for a potential game-winning two-point conversion, but Cousins’ pass was tipped away from Pierre Garçon.
Again, Cousins shouldered the blame.
“My initial reaction is that I had both Josh Morgan open on an off-scheduled play and if I had set my feet, I may have been able to drill it into Garçon,” he said. “That’s a play that I clearly didn’t have a good enough feel for and I need to go back and get better at it. I would like to think that I had a chance there.”