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Kirk Cousins: If I’m good, I’ll get an opportunity to play

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Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is in the unfortunate position of being drafted by a team that tells him he has no opportunity to earn a starting job, because that job is going to someone who was drafted 100 picks before him, Robert Griffin III. But Cousins says he still believes he’ll play.

“The cream always rises to the top, so if I’m as good as I hope to be some day, then I’m going to get that opportunity — whether here or somewhere else,” Cousins told the Washington Post. “But this is a great opportunity to learn and develop and to grow.”

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said on Wednesday’s PFT Live that he hopes he won’t need Cousins to play, but he’s delighted to have him in case Griffin goes down.

I think he was a steal in the fourth round,” Shanahan said of Cousins. “Hopefully, Robert can stay healthy and we don’t have to go to our second- or third-team quarterback, but if he does you better have a quarterback that’s either your second- or third-teamer that you believe is a first-teamer in this league, because if not and there is an injury you have no chance, and we’ve seen that in playoffs through the years. So to get a guy like Kirk in the fourth round, I thought it was a steal. Hopefully, Robert can stay healthy. Everybody knows what we think of him, so I think we’ve got a lot of depth at that position.”

In Washington, Cousins getting an opportunity to play won’t have much to do with how good he is and will have a lot to do with how healthy Griffin is. But Shanahan is confident that if Cousins gets an opportunity, he will be good.

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32 Responses to “Kirk Cousins: If I’m good, I’ll get an opportunity to play”
  1. jh4prez says: May 17, 2012 9:09 AM

    Well it is the most important position in football but 4 rd is too high.imo.

  2. ocho says: May 17, 2012 9:18 AM

    Damn I wish this kid would shutup already…we get it, you wish you were playing somewhere else. Cousins has to be the most talkative 4th round selection, 3rd string, rookie qb Ive ever seen…goodness.

  3. hulkhogansays says: May 17, 2012 9:23 AM

    Not for the Washington Redskins you won’t. RG3 is the quarterback until 2025 brother.

  4. buddybowl69 says: May 17, 2012 9:32 AM

    Once RGLeaf is exposed, you’ll be the starter for years to come. It’s only a matter of time. Keep the faith.

  5. mattyk72 says: May 17, 2012 9:40 AM

    Drafting this kid in the 4th round was a no-brainer. The Skins have been QB deficient for years, so to go from a position of weakness to a position of strength in one offseason was a real win for this franchise.

  6. sadskinsfan89 says: May 17, 2012 9:47 AM

    @buddybowl69. where would we be in this world without fortune tellers that can see the future?

  7. dccowboy says: May 17, 2012 9:57 AM

    Of course you will. You just keep on thinking that.

    Did you believe what the military recruiter told you as well?

  8. zn0rseman says: May 17, 2012 9:58 AM

    Cousins will be starting in 2-3 years.

  9. tatatoothy says: May 17, 2012 10:07 AM

    buddybowl69 says:
    May 17, 2012 9:32 AM

    Once RGLeaf is exposed, you’ll be the starter for years to come. It’s only a matter of time. Keep the faith.
    ___________________________________

    RGLeaf is a funny name, I’ll give you that. But I think RGIII is going to put on a show for the next 10 years.

  10. bhindenemylines says: May 17, 2012 10:07 AM

    Don’t worry, Kirk. Be patient and you’ll get your chance.

    RG3 is skinnier than Vick, who has been pounded by the pass rushers of the NFC BEAST for the last few years. No way he doesn’t have to sit a few games by the end of the 2013 season.

  11. ImproperRedskin says: May 17, 2012 10:13 AM

    Bye, Rex.

  12. thetroofishere says: May 17, 2012 10:18 AM

    Chances are they’ll try to flip RG3 for future draft picks and let Captain Kirk run the show.

  13. chazzmon says: May 17, 2012 10:28 AM

    Cousin’s gets season tickets to all the games, gets to workout with the team, carry a clipboard, play a few quarters in the pre-season. All that and get paid great. Sounds like a great job, and who knows maybe some day he will play.

  14. lolb23 says: May 17, 2012 10:30 AM

    When RG 3 busts, Cousins will get a chance to bust too. Over/under is about 9 games.

  15. charger88 says: May 17, 2012 10:50 AM

    When he gets an opportunity and IF he plays well he will get his shot just like Schaub, Flynn and others have gotten either via trade or free agency. I would guess he has a decent chance of getting on the field at least for 1 game in the next 2 years. RG3 will run at some point. People who run get popped.

  16. renhoekk2 says: May 17, 2012 10:52 AM

    Love all the RG3 haters. The comparisons to Leaf are laughable. Leaf was a 55% completion QB in college. Not too many if any college QB’s improve on that when they come to the NFL. Most actually drop about 5% (somebody on ESPN actually did the research). Which is what happened to Leaf. So if your NFL QB is completing about 50% of his passes don’t expect to win a lot of games. Unless his name is Tebow. RG3 is about 72% completion percentage so when he drops to 67% he’ll still be a good QB. Sorry to burst your bubble.

  17. blackqbwhiterb says: May 17, 2012 10:56 AM

    Kid, keep your mouth shut and keep working. In the NFL anything can happen. Heck, last year they booted Donovan McNabb outta town and make Rex Grossman the starter!

  18. billhicks666 says: May 17, 2012 11:07 AM

    zn0rseman says:

    “Cousins will be starting in 2-3 years.”

    Okay, but for whom? Because it won’t be for the Redskins.

  19. beedubyatoo says: May 17, 2012 11:17 AM

    “The cream always rises to the top, so if I’m as good as I hope to be some day, then I’m going to get that opportunity — whether here or somewhere else,”
    —————————–
    I see nothing in that statement that says that
    Cousins thinks he will play instead of RGIII. Who would you ‘skins fans have replace Griffin if he gets injured, Kirk or Rex? We’ve seen for years what Rex can (CAN’T) do.

  20. jimbobobjr says: May 17, 2012 11:35 AM

    Did he choose Gus Frerotte’s number on purpose?

  21. cowboyhater says: May 17, 2012 11:36 AM

    buddybowl69 says: May 17, 2012 9:32 AM

    Once RGLeaf is exposed, you’ll be the starter for years to come. It’s only a matter of time. Keep the faith.

    ——————————————————————————-

    Just as once Michelle Vick gets pummeled and is out for 10 weeks, once again the eggles will be screwed. Keep the faith.

  22. LoyalSkinsFanAsDumbAsThatSounds says: May 17, 2012 11:46 AM

    Funny how everyone compares RG3 to Vick and his size and assume he will automatically get hurt. How about comparing him to Drew Brees (Superbowl MVP):

    Brees – Height: 6 ft 0 in Weight: 207 lb

    RG3 – Height: 6 ft 2 in Weight: 220 lb

    Exactly how many games has Brees missed since breaking his collarbone in 2005? None.

    You can say he is healthier because he is a pocket passer but what about Steve Young?

    Height: 6 ft 2 in Weight: 215 lb

    I am pretty sure he was a scrambling QB who also happened to be a Superbowl MVP.

    Who is more likely to get hurt? The pocket passer getting crushed by 300 pound D-linemen and LBs and constantly has players pile up around his legs or the scrambler who takes hits from DBs and LBs?

    There is risk no matter which way you play but just because a jerk like Vick gets hurt doesn’t prove anything about scrambling QBs.

  23. bleedgreen33 says: May 17, 2012 12:48 PM

    Damn you Skins fans are so annoying. You suck. Your team sucks. Your coach sucks. Your owner sucks. Your quarterback sucks. Your defense sucks. Your offensive line sucks. Everything about the organization is terrible. Nobody cares about you. You will be lucky to win 6 games. Get over it already.

  24. exibitsman says: May 17, 2012 12:49 PM

    Kirk cousin’s will be the starting QB for the redskins for the next 10yrs. everyone knows that RG3 is going to be the biggest BUST SINCE JAMARCUS RUSSELLS with the raiders

  25. bleedgreen33 says: May 17, 2012 12:52 PM

    If you honestly think that a rookie QB from Baylor is going to win games for you then you are sadly mistaken.

  26. espnfeedback says: May 17, 2012 1:46 PM

    Mike Shanahan and his nepotism are simply being exposed as the years go by and the magnification intensifies. Really examine what happened in Denver. He had what many consider the most gifted Complete QB to walk the gridiron. But he happened to fall upon Terrell Davis who turned out to be the ‘piece’ that made the engine run. Since then, he has not come close to replicating the success. From Plummer to McNabb to Grossman and Beck, his efforts have ended not only in lackluster outcomes but he has often alienated many around him including his ‘hand picked’ signal callers.

    I agree winning SBs back to back deserves respect. But Shanahan has past the point where he deserves complete benefit of doubt.

    @ESPNfeedback

  27. schmitty2 says: May 17, 2012 2:02 PM

    bleedgreen33 says:May 17, 2012 12:48 PM

    Damn you Skins fans are so annoying. You suck. Your team sucks. Your coach sucks. Your owner sucks. Your quarterback sucks. Your defense sucks. Your offensive line sucks. Everything about the organization is terrible. Nobody cares about you. You will be lucky to win 6 games. Get over it already.

    You may be right but they have at least won a Super Bowl

  28. thacloser86 says: May 17, 2012 2:23 PM

    Ryan Leaf jr

  29. rickrock6661982 says: May 17, 2012 3:39 PM

    Don’t worry, Kirk…you’re not

  30. peytonsneck18 says: May 17, 2012 5:21 PM

    dont worry captain kirk, u will be starting by week 6, IRG3 will be hurt by then, or benched due to horrible play, did u guys know baylor didnt have a playbook? they drew up their plays in the sand, IRG3 is overated and the nfc east will expose what evetybody else already know, this guy is all flash and no sucess, ALL FAIL TO THE REDSKINS!!!!

  31. peytonsneck18 says: May 17, 2012 5:22 PM

    IRG3 is his new name!!!

  32. deathtoromo says: May 17, 2012 5:27 PM

    bleedgreen33 says:
    May 17, 2012 12:48 PM
    Damn you Skins fans are so annoying. You suck. Your team sucks. Your coach sucks. Your owner sucks. Your quarterback sucks. Your defense sucks. Your offensive line sucks. Everything about the organization is terrible. Nobody cares about you. You will be lucky to win 6 games. Get over it already.
    ——————————————————

    Back to the kids table scrub. Only the Skins, Boys and G-men can sit at the lombardi table in the nfc east.
    11-o ! Hahahahahahahahahaha!!

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