Cousins embracing the pressure that comes with starting
After reviewing the film of Sunday’s loss in Atlanta, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins said he feels “pretty good” about his performance.hi
“I felt like there were two, three, four plays that you want to take back and the rest of the game I felt pretty good about,’ Cousins said. “Unfortunately, I can’t take those two, three, four plays back, and those kind of defined the results of the game.”
Cousins, of course, was referring to the two interceptions and the fumble he lost in the Redskins’ 27-26 loss at the Georgia Dome. He was likely also talking about the failed two-point attempt at the end of the game.
“I’m always going to be hard on myself,” he said, “and when I go back and watch film, I’m going to be hard on myself and say, “What could I have done better to prevent the loss?’ When you look at it—the two interceptions—certainly I could have thrown the ball to more advantageous locations to get the ball completed.”
“Then,” Cousins added, “on the two-point conversion …When I’m in that situation like that again, I want to be able to turn that into a completion, rather than an incompletion.
On Sunday, Cousins will get his third career start in the NFL against the Cowboys. But there will be one key difference at FedEx Field: it will be the first time Cousins has been the Redskins’ No. 1 quarterback in consecutive weeks.
“Well, it’s very helpful to get reps,” he said. “I find that I walk off the practice field …and have a much greater confidence as to my preparedness for that coming game because of the reps I’m able to get during practice. You still have to be ready [in a backup] role, too, you just don’t have the reps that you need. So I do feel much more prepared because of reps.”
This three game stretch represents, by far, the best opportunity of Cousins’ two-year NFL career. If he continues to perform solidly it’s possible a quarterback-needy team will offer the Redskins a high-round pick in exchange for him. If he doesn’t, well, it could be a while before he gets another chance as good as this one.
And he knows it.
“At the end of the day, you have to make the most of your opportunities in this league,” he said. “You never know when your next chance is going to come. I also feel like you’re only as good as your last performance. That’s how I’ve always felt about my career. I want to put a good product out there every Sunday, but I do know that walking off the field against the Giants in a week and a half, whatever I’ve done over these last three weeks, specifically most recently, is going to be how people remember me going into the offseason.”
He added: “I want that to be a positive thing.”