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Kirk Cousins calls teammate frustrations “understandable”

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 18: Quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins looks to pass against the Dallas Cowboys in the second quarter at FedExField on September 18, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Getty Images

In his first opportunity to address a PFT report regarding multiple offensive players being frustrated with quarterback Kirk Cousins, during a weekly appearance on 106.7 The Fan in D.C.’s Grant & Danny, Cousins didn’t dispute or debunk or deride.

It’s understandable,” Cousins said of the report, via BreakingBurgundy.com. “All I know to do as a leader, as a football player having been in this position before, having faced adversity before is you regroup. You don’t put your tail between your legs. You don’t get scared. You don’t go cry in a corner. You feel like you got put up against a wall and you come out swinging. We have to get this done. We have to play better. I have to play better. You take ownership, you step to the forefront and you lead and you challenge guys and you say what you need to do better. I think together, we can do that. That’s what I’m going to do. That’s what I’ve done my whole life, my whole life as a football player. This no different. This not new territory for me. I’ve faced challenges before, adversity before on the football field. We’re going to find a way to move forward and play better. We’re going to do it together.”

Coach Jay Gruden, in a Monday press conference, seemed to acknowledge that players are frustrated generally, even if he didn’t specifically pin the cause of it on Cousins.

“You know, these guys are great competitors,” Gruden said. “They want to win and they know that we have a very talented football team and to be 0-2 at home, losing to the Cowboys, losing to the Steelers, is kind of a shock to everybody. We expected great things this year; we still do. So frustrations will be seen and that’s just pro football. That’s just the competitive nature of these guys and I appreciate the way they are competing and the way they’re playing, but we have to understand that we have a long way to go. We can’t lose faith in one another, can’t point fingers, can’t blame anybody. We’ll all have to point at ourselves and get ourselves out of this rut, and like I said before, I have total faith these guys will do it.”

Gruden also spoke on behalf of the guys when he spoke about the confidence in Cousins.

“We have total faith that Kirk will get it done and he will get it done,” Gruden said. “He has proven that he can be a successful quarterback in this league. He can make all the throws without a doubt. Guys have got to just continue to run hard for him, block hard for him and good things will happen. We have a very skilled offensive group, we really do. We have a tough offensive line that is protecting their butts off and can block. We have all of the makings to be a great offense, but right now we are not great. But we’ll continue to push them and get better and I think the guys will have faith that Kirk will get it turned around, our offense will get it turned around, as long as everybody does their job.”

There’s that “do your job” saying again, sort of. While the Patriots try to claim sole ownership of it, the brilliantly simple three-word refrain (sometimes with four, when a seven-letter version of a four-letter “F” word is added to it) should apply to any football team. With 11 positions on offense and 11 positions on defense and special teams and coaching staffs and front-office employees and everything else, a stubborn focus on doing your job and only doing your job helps avoid frustrations and other distractions because those things aren’t part of your job.

The problem is that plenty of NFL teams have a “do your job” attitude, which means someone is going to fail at doing their job. When that happens, it’s time to keep doing your job, which doesn’t entail wallowing in defeat and otherwise being upset about how things didn’t go your way.

It’s all easier said that done, but Washington needs to do it if Washington wants to turn around an 0-2 start with a visit to New Jersey to face the Giants.

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35 Responses to “Kirk Cousins calls teammate frustrations “understandable””
  1. andyreidsbossoms says: Sep 19, 2016 5:40 PM

    His teammates should have the onions to say it to his face and keep it in house, most likely the 150lb gangster desean.

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Sep 19, 2016 5:46 PM

    I looked up thief in the dictonary and it was a picture of Kirk Cousins cashing his 20 million dollar check. Must be nice to get favorable treatment because he’s a white QB from this coaching staff.

  3. demskinsbaby says: Sep 19, 2016 5:50 PM

    I still have hope for this team if the coaches can get their act together. We have all of the talent… It just needs to be more cohesive as a unit. How that happens I’m not sure but if I can make a suggestion, cut out all individual celebrations when you make a good play, just get back to work. Celebrate when you win! It will work.

  4. granadafan says: Sep 19, 2016 5:52 PM

    RG3 would have blamed the offensive line for not blocking hard enough or receivers for not running precise routes.

  5. tritz32 says: Sep 19, 2016 5:56 PM

    The same 150lbs gangster would be leading the league in yards if Cousins could hit WIDE OPEN receivers there buddy…

  6. whenwilliteverend says: Sep 19, 2016 6:03 PM

    I guess $20M for a QB doesn’t buy you what it used to. They could have just signed some scrub and probably gotten the same results and saved all that money. $20M for Cousins and little or no performance. $15M for Norman who isn’t even being used. That like 20% of the salary cap in two players who are contributing next to nothing. Looks like it’s gonna be a LOOOONG year in DC.

  7. whispersd says: Sep 19, 2016 6:05 PM

    Cousins did not have a good game yesterday. He missed open receivers on deep patterns at least twice, and his late INT in the end zone was dreadful. He was telegraphing his passes, at least late in the game, staring down his targets. He’s got to remember to keep his eyeline moving around the field, so it’s not so easy for safeties to jump the route.

    This should be easily fixed. Certainly Gruden will get on his case about this.

    Oh, and the defense wasn’t very good either. Breeland had another bad day.

  8. bert1913 says: Sep 19, 2016 6:08 PM

    synder, irsay and jones…bottom 3 owners in the NFL

  9. vikingsdefineaverage says: Sep 19, 2016 6:12 PM

    Everyone knows it’s Garcon

  10. bradygirl12 says: Sep 19, 2016 6:14 PM

    I can understand why guys are frustrated with Kirk Cousins. He can be a turnover machine. Some of his picks just leave you scratching your head, wondering who he intended to throw it to,and there are lots to choose from.

  11. vikingsdefineaverage says: Sep 19, 2016 6:15 PM

    bert1913 says:
    Sep 19, 2016 6:08 PM
    synder, irsay and jones…bottom 3 owners in the NFL
    ______________________________________
    Which of the 3 is unlike the other 2?

    I’ll help, Snyder doesn’t have a ring.

  12. jpj13 says: Sep 19, 2016 6:18 PM

    Hard to put all the blame on the QB when the coaches call for 45 passes and only 16 rushes. Once the defense sees how one dimensional your play calling is it becomes easy to play the pass, especially in the red zone.

  13. chippysbinky says: Sep 19, 2016 6:19 PM

    (sometimes with four, when a seven-letter version of a four-letter “F” word is added to it)
    ++++++++++++

    That was the Parcells version.

  14. medialovesthecowboys says: Sep 19, 2016 6:20 PM

    I’m a Cowboys fan and so I’m more than pleased to see Cousins struggle. And he did yesterday. It seemed like for every great throw he had three head-scratchers.

    BUT…

    He’s a fourth rounder, man.What does everyone expect?
    There are more Spergon Wynn’s out there than Tom Brady’s.

    And the only reason I bring all of this up is because you have a former first overall pick in the state of Indiana who’s been playing like butt since 2014, and no one is saying anything. Seriously, why does Luck keep getting a pass?

  15. tonebones says: Sep 19, 2016 6:21 PM

    Cousins played great last year. He’s still a very young QB. We usually give young QBs time and patience. He’s already played a lot of good football. There are certain players who have talent, yet bounce around the league because they are disasters in the locker room. Chip Kelly was a genius to ship one of those guys to a team within the same division.

  16. toykofilthblasterlovespftpoet says: Sep 19, 2016 6:23 PM

    You Like That! You Like That!

  17. jag1959 says: Sep 19, 2016 6:26 PM

    medialovesthecowboys says:
    Sep 19, 2016 6:20 PM
    And the only reason I bring all of this up is because you have a former first overall pick in the state of Indiana who’s been playing like butt since 2014, and no one is saying anything. Seriously, why does Luck keep getting a pass?
    ___________________

    ‘Cause doggone it people like him
    (in best Stuart Smalley voice)

    And by people I mean the media, advertisers and 345 Park Ave.

  18. Hawknballs says: Sep 19, 2016 6:29 PM

    Maybe Cousins just isn’t that good?

    I mean he’s basically mediocre outside of “not being injured all the time”. But I guess that is an upgrade for the washington football team.

  19. chicagosportsfan11 says: Sep 19, 2016 6:46 PM

    Luck get’s a pass because he has probably the worst offensive line assembled protecting him but he needs to show something this year.

    Kirk is like Matt Flynn , played well at the right time and got $$$$$$$$$$$$

  20. ahsinnyc says: Sep 19, 2016 6:48 PM

    Joe Barry is the problem in DC. He stinks as the D coordinator – he stunk last year too, but Cousins at the O bailed him out. Until a playoff game against a good QB, Barry had no answer.

    Gruden had the chance to hire Wade as D coordinator and took Barry instead. Huge mistake.

  21. xbam says: Sep 19, 2016 6:50 PM

    I feel really bad for Washington’s fans….said no one!

  22. abninf says: Sep 19, 2016 7:10 PM

    And they could have drafted Dak.

  23. Juan says: Sep 19, 2016 7:12 PM

    Let Gruden return to arena football & take Cousins with him.

  24. dtroxallday says: Sep 19, 2016 7:17 PM

    Colt McCoy wins

  25. wolverineinnc says: Sep 19, 2016 7:48 PM

    Those missed passes to wide open receivers for TDs weren’t Gruden’s fault. Those were strictly on KC, but all those awful FADES! Com’on, man! Enough already. Then of course Gruden has to call out Cousins publicly… again. Not the kind of coach that makes a player feel like the coach has his back. Why would anyone want to play for this clown? Sick of him already…. Cousins played better in college!

  26. brendafortheboyz says: Sep 19, 2016 8:37 PM

    With the NFC East rivalries, it would not surprise me if the ‘Skins beat the Giants🙂🙂 I could go for that….

  27. demskinsbaby says: Sep 19, 2016 9:07 PM

    Also… If Gruden didn’t pass it so dayum much, maybe the chances are he throws no INTs. Plus maybe we can control the clock and make their defense tired in the process. You’re not only testing their mentality but their endurance as well. Come on coaches!!! Get to work!

  28. blackqbwhiterb says: Sep 19, 2016 9:29 PM

    RUN THE BALLLLLLL
    Maybe I’m just too old-fashioned it just doesn’t make sense to me.
    1st & goal at the 6, 3 straight passes. Incomplete incomplete interception…. If you do not attempt to run on first and second downs they know damn well you’re going to throw on third.
    Next possession on 4th & 1, they throw??!! One yard…. Those are bad coaching decisions regardless of your qb. And let’s not even talk about the defenseive strategy scheme & playcalling….

  29. bamboozle99 says: Sep 19, 2016 9:33 PM

    I was going to say Snyder is the next Al Davis, but Davis was actually good when he was Snyders’ age.

  30. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonsAndNeverToReturn says: Sep 19, 2016 9:56 PM

    Is it just me or do the Redskins seem to have the most poisonous and me-first locker room in the NFL? QB after QB goes through Washington and all you ever hear about when the going gets tough is back-stabbing and sniping.

    What TEAM starts leaking dissension after game 2? What is wrong with that TEAM?

  31. metalup666 says: Sep 20, 2016 8:27 AM

    “synder, irsay and jones…bottom 3 owners in the NFL”

    Ummm, doesn’t Jones own the most valuable sports franchise in the WORLD? Pretty bad owner there…

  32. jonwill57 says: Sep 20, 2016 9:21 AM

    @andyreidsbossoms says:
    Sep 19, 2016 5:40 PM
    His teammates should have the onions to say it to his face and keep it in house, most likely the 150lb gangster desean
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Stop it…based on your name you sound like a jilted Eagles fan. The only frustration I saw on the field was Garcon, Reed and an OL player on the last pick. DJax & Garcon are in contract years and both will not get new ones. So they really need Cousins. As for your gangster reference…stop believing that nonsense!
    #Arealeaglesfan

  33. theblowtorchreview says: Sep 20, 2016 9:58 AM

    They go 0-3, which is likely facing the Giants next, Snyder will have a meltdown and start swinging his axe.

  34. firesnyder says: Sep 20, 2016 12:13 PM

    Kirk will get it done. Right now, he’s jumpy and thinking too much about how NOT to screw up. You can see it in his face and mannerisms. He just needs to chill and let his instincts take over… he will eventually get there. In the next game or two it will happen. Patience.

  35. silvernblacksabbath says: Sep 23, 2016 11:09 AM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    Sep 19, 2016 5:46 PM

    I looked up thief in the dictonary and it was a picture of Kirk Cousins cashing his 20 million dollar check. Must be nice to get favorable treatment because he’s a white QB from this coaching staff.
    ———————–
    Cousins is still 100x better than your boy RGIII 🙂

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