Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins wasn’t used to the red carpet, but he said he’s going to spend his offseason trying to make teammates comfortable with the idea of him in the spotlight.
Cousins walked through the NFL Honors show Saturday in New Orleans without the acclaim of teammate Robert Griffin III, but he also walked through healthy, which Griffin couldn’t claim. Cousins was there as a candidate for the GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Year award, for some of his relief work last season.
“I’m a little bit out of place right now,” Cousins told Rich Campbell of the Washington Times. “It’s neat. It’s just an exciting thing. It’s just a testament to what hard work can do for you. Hopefully there’s more of this to come, not just for myself, but for the Redskins in general.”
Of course, there’s more attention to come for Cousins, since he’ll be the Redskins quarterback through offseason workouts while Griffin heals from last year’s knee injury. People are hopeful RG3 will be back for the opener, but it’s far from a guarantee.
“Now, in terms of my presence in the locker room and that kind of a thing, I’ll probably try to be a little more vocal so that I don’t come across to my teammates as somebody who’s afraid of that role or not comfortable in that role,” Cousins said. “It’ll be an interesting balance to have to walk because obviously I don’t want to step on anybody’s toes, but I also need to be ready if called upon. . . .
“Any time you can have a good idea of what’s coming, it’s going to help. But the reality of my situation – and really the reality of the NFL, in general – is you don’t know what’s coming next. You don’t know what’s around the corner. To think that it’s always going to be planned out for you is naive and foolish. I’ve got to be ready to roll with the punches and react to whatever happens. To the degree that I’m able to do that, I’ll be successful.”
Cousins has proven himself to be adaptable, and capable, but the expectations of the Redskins progress are clearly tied to RG3’s return, and dependent upon it.