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Kirk Cousins feels “added urgency” to be ready to start

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Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins says he doesn’t feel any urgency to become a starting quarterback in the NFL, but the fact that he may be a starter come September has added a little urgency to his life.

Cousins said Monday that he doesn’t feel like he’s in a hurry to get on the field because he’ll have plenty of opportunities to play over the course of his career. He got a few opportunities last season thanks to injuries to Robert Griffin III and he may be under center to start the 2013 season as well with the date of Griffin’s return from his knee injury still unknown. The need to be prepared for being front and center has kicked things up a notch for Cousins.

“I think the approach doesn’t change a whole lot in terms of the time I’m putting in or the tape I’m studying,” Cousins said, via Mark Maske of the Washington Post. “Where it changes is that sense of urgency. You feel that added excitement or added urgency to be ready to go. We don’t know what it’s going to look like. He may be ready by mid-August. He may be ready mid-September, mid-October. I don’t know. That’s not my job. My job is to get myself ready and when called upon, deliver. And I’m going to do all I can between now and then to do that.”

An added urgency is probably unavoidable, but there doesn’t seem to be a lack of confidence in Cousins’ ability to handle the job. Cousins has already proven himself capable of coming in at a moment’s notice and leading the offense, which bodes well for his ability to do it with months of lead time before the start of the regular season.

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24 Responses to “Kirk Cousins feels “added urgency” to be ready to start”
  1. cptkickurass says: May 7, 2013 9:39 AM

    If Shanahan continues to use RGIII the way he did last year, then Cousins had better keep his arm loose…

  2. giantsalldaysb42461 says: May 7, 2013 9:46 AM

    He should cause as a backup QB when all you do is Dink & Dunk it’s pretty easy for teams to sit in Cover 2 all Day and Bait him into making a Mistake, plus when he started last year he “Barely” that’s right “Barely” beat the Browns. Where’s LogicalVoice and 1 of his Dumb Excuses? #Back2theBasmentSkins

  3. rboutote says: May 7, 2013 9:48 AM

    I gotta be honest, I’m not even a ‘Skins fan, but I really like this kid’s approach to the game. He seems like true professional. After seeing him come in last year and finish off a comeback drive that RG3 started with a TD and 2 pt conversion against the central SB champs, I became a believer in him. Solid backup.

  4. rboutote says: May 7, 2013 9:49 AM

    Eventual*

  5. gotampabay52 says: May 7, 2013 9:50 AM

    Cousins get a chance he could be next wilson he has an arm

  6. isphet71 says: May 7, 2013 9:53 AM

    Cousins is going to have a better career than RG3, might as well start him.

  7. bigkountry24 says: May 7, 2013 9:54 AM

    Cousins can come in temporarily and give us the sustainment we will need in the case that RG3 is still out. I just dont want RG3 rushed back into the position and get injured again and ruin this young mans career.

    Let him heal and then let him continue to destroy the NFC East and the remainder of the league! HTTR!!!

  8. jimmyt says: May 7, 2013 9:54 AM

    As well he should.

  9. cuda1234 says: May 7, 2013 10:00 AM

    The real question is how the media treats him when he lights it up in the opener and it jeopardizes the stardom of one of the media’s chosen ones.

  10. blackqbwhiterb says: May 7, 2013 10:03 AM

    I hate stirring the pot on this because I am a lifelong Skins fan, but this kid can really play, and he’s going to show it if he gets a chance. Bobby is the one feeling the “Sense of urgency”, looking over his shoulder worrying about being back on time!!

  11. dcdiggler says: May 7, 2013 10:05 AM

    He might not have the leadership or the charisma of RG3, but this guy is a class act. Since Shannahan and Bruce Allen have taken over, (with a few obvious exceptions) they have done an excellent job of drafting high character individuals to this organization.

  12. iknowmyshht says: May 7, 2013 10:15 AM

    giantsalldaysb42461 says:
    May 7, 2013 9:46 AM

    He should cause as a backup QB when all you do is Dink & Dunk it’s pretty easy for teams to sit in Cover 2 all Day and Bait him into making a Mistake, plus when he started last year he “Barely” that’s right “Barely” beat the Browns. Where’s LogicalVoice and 1 of his Dumb Excuses? #Back2theBasmentSkins

    Ya’ll Giants fans want to say Skins aint this or that. Realize even when your team won the super bowl we beat you twice that year. So good thing you didnt have to play us during playoffs. The past two season Skins 3 Giants 1. We got Elaine Manning number accept it. I dont care if we dont win 8 games next year as long we beat yall twice. Yall our beeotches now shut your mouth and fetch me my morning paper!!!! #BlessTheSkinsAndNoOtherTeam

  13. 81buckeye says: May 7, 2013 10:21 AM

    giantsalldaysb42461 you are completely wrong. I was at that Redskins/Browns game and after the first quarter it was never in doubt. Kirk was hardly dinking and dunking.

  14. cdrion21 says: May 7, 2013 10:22 AM

    He should cause as a backup QB when all you do is Dink & Dunk it’s pretty easy for teams to sit in Cover 2 all Day and Bait him into making a Mistake, plus when he started last year he “Barely” that’s right “Barely” beat the Browns. Where’s LogicalVoice and 1 of his Dumb Excuses? #Back2theBasmentSkins

    Barely???? Lets see..
    Eli vs browns 41-27 giants +14
    Cousins vs browns 38-21 skins +17
    That’s all im sayin

  15. GenXJay says: May 7, 2013 10:27 AM

    Bless his knees.

  16. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: May 7, 2013 10:42 AM

    The Redskins got a real steal in that draft. I liked Cousins as a starter, he will demand playtime, could be a trade coming, if Griffin can’t stay healthy, Cousins could take his job fast…
    Go Niners!!!!

  17. malibudave66 says: May 7, 2013 10:58 AM

    Great 1,2 punch at QB for Redskins!!! Great draft for Mike and the Redskins and having 2 guys like this is huge and I’m a diehard Raider fan! Props to them!

  18. logicailvoicesays says: May 7, 2013 11:41 AM

    What a great QB and classy guy. Kirk Cousins is typical of the Redskins, the best franchise in NFL history.

  19. isonic1 says: May 7, 2013 11:56 AM

    Hmm, not bad stats for a backup QB!!!

    Cousins vs. Browns
    score: 38-21
    attempts: 26 for 37
    TDs: 2
    INT: 1
    Total Yards: 329

  20. twilson962 says: May 7, 2013 12:49 PM

    I never expected the Skins to run the read-option next year as much as last year…. Even before RG3 got hurt. I really think it was put in place to not only confuse defenses, but also as a way to ease RG3 into the speed of the NFL game. Since he ran the read-option so well in college, bringing him along with it in the NFL seems to make sense. Mixing in the pistol formation but running zone stretch/play-action passes was a genius way to utilize RG3s talents.

    Let’s not forget the plays he actually got hurt on; A scramble out of the pocket vs the Ravens. A play-action roll-out & eventually a botched snap vs the Seahawks. None of which were read-option plays, and all of which could happen to ANY QB.

  21. laserw says: May 7, 2013 1:00 PM

    There is a huge difference between Cousins and the China Doll….

    Cousins is a leader – the China Doll is a selfish pig.

    I am a Redskins fan and am so happy that we drafted Cousins – the future Redskin Franchise QB – this guy gets it – he has leadership – field general qualities – and considering the offense is not tuned to his strengths, he did well with it.

    There is a reason the China doll went all selfish and cost his team a victory in the playoff game with the Seagulls…. The China Doll knows the best QB on the team is not him and doesn’t want this to be seen – unfortunately as fragile as the idiot running back who thinks he can throw truly is, Cousins got time to show who can win and who is a pretender.

    I hope the China Doll never comes back. He is no Redskin – he has all the arrogance and selfishness that would look good in Cowpuke silver and white.

  22. peytonsneckl8 says: May 7, 2013 2:02 PM

    All in for week one! HTTR

  23. krax2b says: May 7, 2013 4:14 PM

    He better be ready to go, RGIII might see the field 5 minutes before shattering his knee.

  24. hibrownsfan says: May 7, 2013 5:51 PM

    If RG3 keeps getting hurt the Redskins are going to have a tough decision on their hands. This kid Cousins can play and he’s going to be a starter, either on the Redskins or for another team in 4 years.

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