Kirk Cousins played on a 3-13 team in Washington last season, but he doesn’t see a big difference between his own team and the 13-3 Seahawks.
Cousins said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that there wasn’t a huge difference between the 2012 team that won the NFC East and the 2013 team that tied for the worst record in the NFL.
“It is kind of perplexing when you look at the start of the season, how high the expectations were coming off a great year in 2012, and it didn’t go the way we wanted it to,” Cousins said, via Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. “But you know, it’s the NFL. When you look at week to week, the margin for error is so small. And you take one, two plays, that makes a difference in almost every game. So the difference between going 3-13 and 13-3, it isn’t that much. And we won a lot of close games down the stretch in 2012 to get into the playoffs, and we lost a lot of close games in 2013 that kept us away from getting into the playoffs. So I think it’s those inches that make the difference, and we’ve got to find ways to get those inches to fall our way in the next upcoming season.”
It’s true that a lot of games come down to one or two plays, but Washington also had losses by 35 points, 24 points, 21 points and 18 points, so those are four losses that were a lot more than just “inches” away from wins — which means they certainly weren’t close to 13-3. And all three of Washington’s wins were relatively close games (10 points, four points and six points in overtime), so if Cousins wants to talk about the record his team was inches away from, he should acknowledge that Washington was actually pretty close to 0-16.