Never before in the history of the NFL has a team been so eager to have people talk about their quarterback controversy.
But at least it beats that other thing in Washington right now.
With Robert Griffin III out and Kirk Cousins in just before the start of the season, players are having to adjust to a new leader in the huddle, and they think the new guy will do just fine.
Wide receiver Pierre Garcon said during an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio that Cousins has a good chance because of his leadership.
“Kirk is a very enthusiastic guy,” Garcon said, via the Washington Post. “He commands the huddle, he has a lot of faith in us, that we can help him do well. He is a natural-born leader, he’s definitely been planning for that for a long time. You can tell from what kind of person he is that he’s a leader, he’s been doing it for a long time and he’s excited about the opportunity.
“We definitely want to keep him excited and never want to, you know, have him lose that faith in himself. He’s definitely ready and eager to get the season started to prove to everybody what he can do.”
Of course, Garcon was in a good mood, so he also thought highly of Griffin’s chances of returning to his pre-injury form of 2012.
“Oh yeah, he definitely can,” Garcon said. “You know, football is all about learning and advancing. We all come into the league, we’re excited, we play well, and then the second year or third year, people start to catch onto you. You have to find other ways to be better and continue to stay better, and keep working hard on what got you there. Sometimes, we all need help coaching, we all need personal help or mental help. It’s all finding what makes you better. And most of the time it’s actually film study and, you know, just continue to have that hustle mentality, like Alfred Morris does.
“He definitely can be a great player in this league. But Robert has been a great player himself, already. So he’ll definitely be a great player on any team that he goes to and help them out.”
The suggestion that he’s going to some other team isn’t farfetched, and might be preferable if they want Cousins to be able to grow into the job.