Kirk Cousins: If you think our problem is a lack of effort you don’t know football

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Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins was not happy with questions about his team’s effort after Thursday night’s loss to the Cowboys.

Cousins took umbrage with reporters asking whether the 38-14 loss in Dallas showed a lack of effort on the part of any of his teammates.

“If you think it was a lack of effort, then you really just don’t know football,” Cousins said.

Whether effort was a problem or not, the loss was an ugly one. Cousins played his worst game of the season, with two interceptions and two fumbles, and the defense allowed Cowboys running back Alfred Morris to gain 127 yards.

At 5-7, Washington has no realistic playoff hope, and for the last four games they’ll just be playing out the string. That often comes with a lack of effort.

40 responses to “Kirk Cousins: If you think our problem is a lack of effort you don’t know football

  1. He went on to say that it’s not effort that’s lacking, it’s talent. Then he stuck out his tongue.

  2. His worst game?

    Did you watch the game? Cousins’ play is the only reason they got 14 points. The O-Line is decimated by injuries.

    I thought it was one of his best.

  3. Football really is week-to-week, like they say….This team should have beaten N.O., and KC, (when KC was dominant early on), had a good chance vs Minnesota, beat Seattle in their building, yet against Dallas they get embarrassed on both sides of the ball. Dominated on both sides of the ball. They have so many injuries, it’s true, but the up-one-week, down-one-week is maddening!

  4. blackqbwhiterb says:
    December 1, 2017 at 5:54 am
    Football really is week-to-week, like they say….This team should have beaten N.O., and KC, (when KC was dominant early on),

    1st Quarter: Redskins 10 Chiefs 0

  5. As an Eagles fan I agree with Cousins the Skins play hard and have been beset with injury’s. That being said is Curt really a 25 million dolor QB? Don’t guys like him realize the team needs money to keep and get other good players? One of the reasons the Pats have remained good is Brady takes less then he’s worth and I don’t understand why other QB’s can’t see that?

  6. Crowder looks more like a liability than an asset.. His actions early in the game, set the tone and changed the feel and momentum of the game.

  7. His worst game of the season? One of the INTs wasn’t even his fault. He was under pressure all night, and made some incredible throws. He was the ONLY reason they scored any points. Even Collinsworth (who normally I can’t stand) said that Cousins played “brilliantly.”

  8. Ah yes, the old “you don’t know football” comment. I do know this….they sucked last night. Crowder kept fumbling the ball to make sure Dallas won the game. And if Crowder wasn’t fumbling the ball, Cousins was throwing INTs. Great way to play a game when your slim playoff chances are on the line. The Cowboys should send the Redskins players a Christmas dinner–it would only be fair because they Redskins gift-wrapped this game to them and served it on a platter.

  9. Skins reached the tipping point with O-line injuries and just didn’t;t have enough bodies left to block in the run or pass game.

    I thought Cousins played well under the circumstances.

    The notion that any team that loses is not showing a lack of effort is ridiculous. Save that term for when it actually applies (like in the case of Eli Apple).

  10. Honestly, I think Crowder cost them the game. He had a walk in touchdown pass that hit him in the hands that a defender 10 yards down the field ended up intercepting and then on the very next offensive play for the skins fumbled it at the 50.

    The Redskins went from taking a very important 7-0 lead in the 1st quarter to running a play from their own 1 inch line. Aside from those 2 fumbles Crowder looked like a rookie WR most of the first half. He was dropping everything and almost fumbled the ball a 3rd time and in my opinion should’ve been ruled a fumble.

    Rarely have I seen a WR try to give the game to the opposite team as much as Crowder did in the 1st half. Dak had something like 40 yards passing at half but thanks to Crowder that is all he needed.

    Cousins had a great game considering what he had available.

  11. Two things:

    First, whoever was calling plays for the Redskins should be canned before lunch today. The offensive line was atrocious and that person did absolutely nothing to get the offense in sync. Why continuously have the receivers run 20-30 yards downfield when Cousins was pressured almost immediately?

    Two, the defense quit when it was 17-0. From that point on, the dline was constantly blown off the ball and seemingly every rush was going for 8-9 yards. And whoever thought Breeland and Norman can cover Dez one on one should be canned too.

    Now that I think about it, the entire coaching staff and GM should be fired and Snyder should sell the team.

  12. Both INT’s were not his fault a tipped pass and a dropped pass. He was under fire all game. Kirk is legit with no O-line he was impressive last night coming from a Cowboys fan.

  13. roarrestored says:
    December 1, 2017 at 5:47 am
    His worst game?

    Did you watch the game? Cousins’ play is the only reason they got 14 points. The O-Line is decimated by injuries.

    I thought it was one of his best.

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    Three turnovers and almost a fourth is no one’s best games. His numbers were ok, but his best play came in garbage time when the game was already out of hand. No one counts those stats when evaluating a game.

    That said, I do agree that this would have been a much better game had their O-Line and receiving corps not been decimated. I am not a fan of either team but a decimated Washington team just made an average Dallas team look like playoff contenders, which I do not think they are, with or without Zeke. People keep forgetting they reached that 5-6 record with Zeke in for 3 losses. That team isn’t going anywhere.

  14. Cousins played lights out. The 2 interceptions were avoidable, but not his fault. Josh Norman is an idiot and brings nothing to the game. Big Mouth Look at Me Guy.

  15. Give the Cowboys defense some credit. They played a good game without Sean Lee and with 3 rookie DBs playing on most snaps. That patched up O-line of the Skins was only called for holding 1 time…ridiculous!

  16. redlikethepig says:

    He went on to say that it’s not effort that’s lacking, it’s talent. Then he stuck out his tongue.
    _______________

    What happened to your prediction of the NFC EAST standings at the beginning of the season…

    Redskins 4-7
    Cowboys 6-6
    Giants 2-8
    EAGLES 10-1

    Seems to have played out a bit differently… 1960, you say? 2018

  17. If he wanted to, he could use the injury excuse. The whole starting O-line is missing due to injuries, so it’s probably pretty hard to pass the ball when the defense is in your face after the hike.

  18. For people that say it’s not Kurt’s fault, he DOES not see things quick enough, when plays are there to be made, then he gets swallowed by the rush. He can make every throw, but he does not see the field like an elite QB.

  19. Hey Kirk, Your team played a division rival without its best defensive player (Sean Lee) and it’s best offensive player (Ezekiel Elliot) and you lose 38-14, virtually a blowout loss to your most hated division rival (Cowboys) in a game you had to win to keep hope in the wild card chase!! But people don’t know football? look in the mirror bro!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. From the little I saw cousins was rifling the ball so hard receivers could only get hands on it then it bounced off. Some plays he threw it to short or at the feet. He was rattled all night. Oline and dline looking at golf rather than football. It was a total cluster.

  21. Back to Back years now that the Redskins have managed to lose to division rivals in games they had to win to make the playoffs and keep hope alive in the wild card chase this year!! They are done! Goose is Cooked for a playoff appearance!

  22. Washington’s situation is interesting.

    Does anyone see Cousins winning a superbowl there, especially if he is paid $30mn a year? Same issue with Stafford.

    I see why Snyder doesn’t want to pay him long term. It may make sense to blow it up, fortify the rest of the team with drafts and signings and wait for a good young, inexpensive QB.

  23. had a good chance vs Minnesota

    No they didn’t, vikes let them back in with 2 interceptions on back to back plays. The Vikings controlled that game completely.

  24. Time for Washington to let Cousins walk. He is a solid QB, but not worth what he makes this season, and certainly not worth what they would have to pay to tag him again for next year. A contract like that would leave even LESS money for the rest of the roster, which needs help.

  25. I would like to say effort was good but the lost was caused by lack of the general manger doing his job and finding offensive linemen. Scott got two but this guy figures he dosen’t need back up that are of quality, so until we get some one like Scott again we will be destined to be seller dwellers. Thanks Bruce!!!

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