Shanahan taps brakes on Cousins praise

Shanahan taps brakes on Cousins praise
December 16, 2013, 5:15 pm

Shanahan on Cousins: Don't get carried away

Mike Shanahan praised Kirk Cousins’ 381-yard passing performance in Sunday’s loss to the Falcons. But the Redskins’ coach also said it's too early to get excited.

“We’ve had one game,” said Shanahan, who reiterated Monday that Robert Griffin III remains the Redskins' No. 1 quarterback. “Let’s not get carried away with numbers, okay. We’ve had one game where we lost the game. Let’s take a look [after the next two weeks]—we’ve got Dallas, we’ve got the Giants.”

Making his first start of the season, Cousins completed 29 of 45 pass attempts for a career-high yardage total, including three touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's 27-26 loss. Cousins will start the final two games in place of Griffin, who was shutdown for the remainder of the season.

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Cousins also coolly directed a 13-play, 80-yard scoring drive to pull the Redskins to within a point with 18 seconds remaining at the Georgia Dome.

Shanahan liked what he saw on that final drive, saying, “Kirk did do a good job, especially at the end of the game. …I was pleased with how he handled himself.”

But when Shanahan was asked if Atlanta’s 29th ranked helped Cousins’ performance, he again stressed that he wants to see sustained success from Cousins.

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“Again, let’s not get carried away with one game, okay,” Shanahan said. “It’s one game. That’s all it is. Let’s take a look at game after game after game. …But let’s not get carried away after one game.”