Giants, Gruden agree: Kirk Cousins stares down his receivers

AP

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins had a miserable game on Thursday night, throwing four interceptions that the Giants say were easy to see coming.

Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara said that the first player on the team to notice it was defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who during film study over the last few days began to see that Cousins had certain tells. Pierre-Paul passed that knowledge on to his teammates in the secondary.

“JPP even saw it, he told us that [Cousins] was staring down his receivers,” Amukamara said, via Conor Orr of NJ.com.

Washington coach Jay Gruden agreed with that assessment, saying that’s something Cousins needs to work on.

“He’s a young guy playing the position, and young guys playing that position at this level will tend to make mistakes from time to time,” Gruden said. “We’ve got to make sure he’s sees his throws a little bit better and his eyes are in the right spot. There was a couple of them [interceptions] where he stared down the receiver, and the safety just came over made an easy pick.”

That’s something Gruden needs Cousins to improve on in a hurry. If Cousins keeps playing like he did on Thursday night, this season is going to get away from Washington in a hurry.

89 responses to “Giants, Gruden agree: Kirk Cousins stares down his receivers

  1. logicalvoicesays says: Sep 23, 2014 10:34 AM

    THE REAL TOP 5 RANKINGS WEEK 3
    1. Washington REDSKINS – The 1-2 record is a COMPLETE FLUKE!
    2. Bengals – This will probably be the Superbowl. Redskins vs Bengals.
    3. Cardinals – This will likely be the NFC Championship. Redskins vs Cardinals.
    4. Lions
    5. Chargers
    ____________________________________
    Where do the Giants rank on this list?

  2. Not all of those INTs were totally his fault and he is young and inexperienced but possesses nice talent. He has a bright future and just needs time, opportunity, and coaching.

  3. “I thought all the expert commenters on this website knew Cousins was a franchise QB and RGIII was bum.”
    ——————————————————————–
    Uh Cousins sucking doesn’t make Reggie suck any less. Shrugs

  4. while not all those interceptions were totally his fault, he threw all four of them. no excuses no false victories in the nfl. and all four were mostly his fault.

    also, just cause this guy isn’t as good as the blowhards had him last week, that doesn’t mean that rg is any good either.

  5. im starring at the 3 boxes of redskins memorabilia i packed up last night..gave this team 31 years of my life think im ready for a divorce..sad day for me broke my heart to do it..but the heart ache isnt worth it..

  6. Excuse excuses. What a difference 24 hours makes. Where are the Eli bashers and guys that said Giants would win 4 games? Check your PFT power ranking for a nice laugh.

  7. The Redskins could be historically awful this year. If they hadn’t already managed to beat the pathetic jaguars they’d have a decent shot at an 0-16 record.

    It must suck to be a fan of that team.

  8. Actually, it wasn’t skins fans crowning him last week. It was Eagles fans because he must have been great to put up 35/400 on that overrated sucksquad. Can’t wait for two weeks. That team is in for a wake up call. You know… The one they get every October when they lose their coveted August super bowl trophy.

  9. I’m no Redskins fan, nor am I really much of a Kirk Cousins fan, but he’s a mentally tough kid and I fully expect him to bounce back in a big way over his next few games. He’s been playing beyond all expectations up to this point and it seemed as if his hold on the starting gig has been growing stronger with each passing game, but he proved he was human after all last night against an impressive Giants squad. I still foresee Cousins winning the job over RG3 for the long term, while squashing any QB controversy that may be lingering.

    Now I’m left to wonder where RG3 may play next if the Redskins do end up parting ways with him. It’s all speculation of course, but I can see RG3 suiting up for the Buccaneers, Cardinals, Raiders, but most of all…the DALLAS COWBOYS. He’s a Texas kid, and I could definitely see Jerry pursuing a guy like RG3 for when he finally and rightfully gives up on Tony Romo.

  10. i think the problems with the Redskins are more to do with inconsistent direction. Coaching goes from young inexperienced with GM to coach with credentials and all the power back to young inexperienced with GM. Shannahan finally started to build through the draft, something they had not focused on in years. The Shannahan departure was unprofessional whomever is at fault. This year they get a young coach, promote thier GM and should of continued through the draft. Getting Hatcher and Jackson were a mistake. That money should have been used on bringing in young talent on lines and secondary. This is not Seattle getting Harvin. Seattle added Harvin to a solid team. The Redskins are not there. Adding players like Desean Jackson puts undue preasure on a young coach to win now. The Redskins should have been running the ball to establish an identity against the Giants. Especially with a backup quarterback. Cousins was set up to fail. The film showed the Giants the reality of an inexperienced Cousins. Why didn’t the coaching staff of the Redskins see it. they did, but the preasure is on to win now. Another example is letting go of Rambo. I am not defending him, but picking an aged veteran over a young player needing development goes against the theory that you brought in Clark to help coach these young players. The Redskins will continue to fail as long as they play to win the Super Bowl each year. At some point you have to take a year and develop and determine who you are going to be. I laugh every time I hear someone in the Redskins organization say “we need to get back to Redskins football”. Sorry but you played Redskin football against the Giants. Or at least what has been Redskins football the last 20 years. It was a nice gesture to bring Gibbs back. But Mr. Snyder please let it go. That ship sailed. How about a new brand of Redskins football.

  11. fafaflunky says: Sep 26, 2014 9:11 PM

    im starring at the 3 boxes of redskins memorabilia i packed up last night..gave this team 31 years of my life think im ready for a divorce..sad day for me broke my heart to do it..but the heart ache isnt worth it..
    —————-
    Quitter.

  12. I went to a general store. They wouldn’t let me buy anything specifically.
    I went down the street to the 24-hour grocery. When I got there, the guy was locking the front door. I said, “Hey, the sign says you’re open 24 hours.” He
    said, “Yes, but not in a row.”

  13. im starring at the 3 boxes of redskins memorabilia i packed up last night..gave this team 31 years of my life think im ready for a divorce..sad day for me broke my heart to do it..but the heart ache isnt worth it..

    ******************************************************

    I feel your pain. I’ve been a Hawk fan from the beginning…37 years of heartache and a few almosts. Hang in there. The dysfunction can’t last forever. At least you aren’t a Viking fan

  14. Although I hate both teams, I don’t think the Redslurs are that bad, nor are the Giants that good. That game against the Eagles was a war, and to play another game on Thursday was a bit much with all of the injuries they have. The Giants, though clearly a better team, benefitted from a beaten down opponent.

  15. Yeah but does he dive face first for a QB slide. RGIII is not a skilled QB. Ever listen to him answer questions and you will know this. And his mouth is a freak of nature how big it is. Enormous that thing is.

  16. Uh Cousins sucking doesn’t make Reggie suck any less. Shrugs
    ——————————————————————————
    And one average season after a stellar season constitutes sucking. :shrugs:

  17. He only really stared his receiver down on the deep pick. He actually isn’t that bad from what I’ve noticed, he’s A LOT better than Kaep one it comes to sticking to one read in which him being a runner is what bails him out. He has the skillset to be a great QB and kind of hope that happens.

  18. The season has already gotten away from the Redskins…

    Even when Cousins played lights out against the Eagles… they lost.

    They are 1 and 3 and now they play the Seahawks…

    So they will be 1 & 4.

    Then they play the Cardinals in Arizona.

    So they will be 1 & 5.

    Game set and match for their season at that point.

  19. As others have mentioned, the first person to notice this wasn’t the Washington OC or the QB coach, but an OPPOSING PLAYER!

    It’s going to be a long season in DC. I wish the Nats well, but I’m a Dodgers fan. Go Blue!

  20. Cousins had a rough game, but it looked more like he fell apart down the stretch after throwing those picks and lost confidence in his decision making. Let’s break down his turnovers:

    1) Sack Fumble: The RT got beat badly (as he was the whole night). Cousins should have felt the rusher and moved up in the pocket, but that’s hard when you don’t get lots of live snaps. Great play by the DE, horrible work by Polumbus, who looked awful.

    2) First INT: Bad location on the throw and bad route. Receiver ran a stop, which means he needed to come back to the ball on an angle. He didn’t, he just stopped. Cousins should read the corner playing inside and make a back shoulder throw. He didn’t and got picked.

    3) Second INT: Terrible throw. Didn’t see the safety coming over. Gruden’s system is Hi Lo reads, but he had the RB wide open underneath for about five yards and a short third down, but he went for the bomb and threw it flat footed. If there was no safety it was the right throw but there was, so it wasn’t.

    3) Third INT: Awful throw. Looked like bracket coverage and I guess he tried to throw the ball hard enough so that it exploded through the Redskins CB. No idea what he was looking at.

    4) Fourth INT: Absolute underthrow. Don’t know if there was a miscommunication for DJAX to break off the route and come back, but it was a terribly poor throw.

    On all of them, there was a consistency in Cousins’ breakdown. He went from an execution error, to a poor read/ mental error, to a complete combo of both. It didn’t help that the O-line was getting blown up consistently and the Redskins didn’t focus on getting the ball out quicker. That’s the issue with the Hi Lo system, you can’t adjust for a poor O-line, and Cousin’s couldn’t.

    He still has a heck of a lot of upside though. The first TD toss was a gorgeous ripper, and he was excellent in the first half. He just looked like a rookie making his sixth start. I’m still not selling on the kid’s future, I liked him at Michigan State, and I think he still has good aptitude for the position. And I LOATHE Washington.

  21. @raiderpologist..
    i’am the farthest thing from a quitter..i became a redskins fan after watching marcus allen gash the redskins in the
    superbowl..born and raised in ny to..i just loved to watch riggins run..thats why i became a fan..granted ive seen my team win two superbowls, but synder i think is the main reason im holding out..remember i packed my stuff up didnt have a fire sale or a jersey burning session..tired of the way the owner runs his buisness..you should be on board to with dallas fans also..we make them money i want to see better results..btw i go to at least 2 games a year its costly fee to see a sub par team..so for 18 years ive been driving to fedex wished i saw one from jack kent cook

  22. seahawkshurtpeople says:
    Sep 26, 2014 9:24 PM
    The Redskins could be historically awful this year. If they hadn’t already managed to beat the pathetic jaguars they’d have a decent shot at an 0-16 record.

    It must suck to be a fan of that team.

    ————-

    By the way, you do realize that you are not actually better than the fans of a losing football team, right? I mean, you are not actually playing for the Seahawks and Redskins fans are not playing for the Redskins. So you are not superior.

    LOL, of course it doesn’t suck to be a fan of the team. It’s called BEING A FAN THROUGH THICK AND THIN. Maybe bandwagoners and front runners don’t understand that concept.

    SMH

  23. Cousins has a good game:

    Fans and media: HE’S THE NEXT JOHN ELWAY!

    Cousins has a bad game:

    Fans and media: HE’S THE NEXT RYAN LEAF!

    Objective thought is dead.

  24. ________________
    im starring at the 3 boxes of redskins memorabilia i packed up last night..gave this team 31 years of my life think im ready for a divorce..sad day for me broke my heart to do it..but the heart ache isnt worth it..
    ________________

    Oh poor you. Dude I’m a Vikings fan. Not only does my favorite team suck way more, but I remember when I was in first grade, 1991, we had a whole week of Redskins/Bills themed games at my school in Minnesota, you know, where you won the SUPER BOWL?? Get over yourself. Youde think after 31 years you would learn something of loyalty and just ride it out like the majority of us who root unconditionally for bad teams, at least you have something to hold onto other than 2 NFC championship games where you were robbed, like me and an entire generation of Vikings fans. It takes charechter to display loyalty, just saying.

  25. fafaflunky says:
    Sep 26, 2014 9:11 PM
    im starring at the 3 boxes of redskins memorabilia i packed up last night..gave this team 31 years of my life think im ready for a divorce..sad day for me broke my heart to do it..but the heart ache isnt worth it..

    It’s not like they just signed Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Mike Vick, or something. I could see if they did something that was unsavory but ditching your team because they lost a few games is being a wimp.

  26. thefirstsmilergrogan
    Sep 26, 2014, 9:03 PM EDT
    while not all those interceptions were totally his fault, he threw all four of them. no excuses no false victories in the nfl. and all four were mostly his fault.

    /\

    What? How contradictory can you be? Makes absolutely zero sense.

  27. fafaflunky says: Sep 26, 2014 9:11 PM

    im starring at the 3 boxes of redskins memorabilia i packed up last night..gave this team 31 years of my life think im ready for a divorce..sad day for me broke my heart to do it..but the heart ache isnt worth it..

    —————————————————
    You have to wonder about Detroit and Cleveland fans who keep coming back no matter what. No championships in the modern era, yet there they are wearing their team jerseys.

    Kind of makes you think a decade or two without a championship, watching a fan jump ship, says a lot about the heart of the fan.

  28. This is what happens when the league gets a book on you, and you can no longer remain the ignorant fan (and ignorant commentator) fall back option. It’s going to get worse from here because Cousins has inferior physical ability. He’s a mini-Rex Grossman.

  29. the lack of football knowledge displayed in the comments board at PFT never ceases to amaze me yet never surprises me.

    pooflingingmonkey says: Sep 26, 2014 8:59 PM

    How can a team invest so much in two quarterbacks, and have so little to show for it?

    Our 2 QBs are BOTH still in their rookie contracts. Subway has more invested in RGIII than the Redskins do at this point financially. Cousins doesn’t have any lucrative side money at this point so your post is at best uninformed…

  30. fafaflunky says: Sep 26, 2014 9:11 PM

    im starring at the 3 boxes of redskins memorabilia i packed up last night..gave this team 31 years of my life think im ready for a divorce..sad day for me broke my heart to do it..but the heart ache isnt worth it..
    —————-
    message me through my wordpress profile, be glad to take it all off your hands!! Been a Skins fan since 69 and will be until my last breath!

  31. Cousins has 2 big problems. One, as mentioned in this article, he tends to stare down receivers. Not all the time, but he slides back into the habit every once in a while. Two, when he gets hit, he gets rattles, and he loses some of his accuracy. When his accuracy isn’t on point, he is basically useless.

    The Eagles weren’t able to expose this, because as good as our offense is, out defense is almost as bad (they do have a few guys like Cox, who’s a beast, Kendricks is good, but didn’t play vs the skins, Ryans, Jenkins and Barwin are solid, the rest of the unit, bleh), not being able to get off the field on 3rd down is nothing new for them. They seem to be strong against one aspect each week, but get torched against the other, it was that way last year too. They stopped Luck, and were gashed by the ground game. They bottled up Morris and were picked apart by Cousins

    Cousins is what he is, a young QB, with very little experience. By the time Griffin gets back, IMO, you should have a decent idea of who Cousins is. Over the last 3 years, he’s would of had basically a season worth of starts, with enough time in between that you would hope for some progression. Right now, he looks like a guy that I do not want to have as my starter, but would love to have as my backup. He’s going to understand the offense, he going to run it how it should be run, and if the guys around them do their job, he is going to move the ball. If they don’t, he’s not going to do anything “special” to drag his team along with him. Basically the definition of a great backup QB. If my guy goes down, I breath easy knowing if the rest of the team can step up, he can do the job. But if he’s #1 on the depth chart, i’m looking for an upgrade immediately

  32. As a Seahawk fan & an impartial observer of the handful of games I’ve seen Cousins play IMO the kid’s gonna be fine. He’s potentially the best qb the skins have had in recent memory. Everyone in the sports media is so quick to build a superstar with a sample size that is far from adequate & then the guy has one bad game & all of sudden all the talking heads are like “wow were we wrong about that guy”. It seems like in today’s society no one can see past their shadow & no one is willing to invest in the long term. Peyton Manning threw 3 picks in last year’s superbowl & for the next week he was a choke artist but now he’s back to being considered the best qb to ever take the field. Not my opinion by a longshot but all people that only look at stats believe it. If i were a skins fan i would hope the staff would stick with Cousins & put in the time to develop him. He’s already a better qb than than Bob Griffith will ever be. Just my impartial opinion.

  33. Hahaha! And just a couple days ago Cousins was the future of the franchise, one bad game and now he’s garbage. We really are in a “I want it and I want it now” society. Man we’re hard to please…

  34. What does it say about your secondary and your secondary coaches, and the rest of the defensive coaches for that matter, when it’s a defensive end watching the film that has the epiphany of where the QB is throwing the ball?

  35. Cousins in an inexperienced NFL QB so there will be some growing pains. Even a super bowl winning QB like Eli Manning has had games where he throws too many picks. Last year he was awful.

    The tendency by the media is to over praise a good game by Cousins as the next Tom Brady. And now over criticize a bad game. Reality lies some where in between.

  36. The best player on the team needs to help Cousins out. Run the rock! I fear this coach is what all the Bengals fans have complained about, pass happy and ignorant of the run. Please run the ball. The cowgirls figured it out finally!

  37. justin tuck says:

    Actually, it wasn’t skins fans crowning him last week. It was Eagles fans because he must have been great to put up 35/400 on that overrated sucksquad.

    sorry justin. but the eagles have a qb. name’s foles. he put up more yards than cousins on cousins best night and won the game. but some teams celebrate moral victories….

  38. Actual headline in Washington Post: “Another football season, another ‘rude awakening'”.

    Problem with Skins fans has always been unrealistic expectations, fueled by Little Danny’s ridiculous team and personnel management. Griffin was hailed as “Black Jesus” when truth is he is a superior athlete but an average pro QB. As noted Cousins played OK in preseason but when you look at his body of pro work he is also an average young pro QB who still makes a lot of mistakes. This doesn’t mean they stink all the time, it means they are average and have some decent games along with bad ones. Fans have to accept that.

    If I were a Skins fan I would be more concerned about whether the new coach is going to be able to make the jump to from being OC to head coach and when the owners self -defeating management style will reassert itself. There have been lots of people convincing themselves that this was a new regime and Allen was running the team instead of Little Danny, but it’s clear Allen is a contracts management person, not a personnel guy, and in recent weeks lots of commentary by media that Danny called the shots on drafting Griffin, whom the Shanahans did not want which is why they took Cousins once Danny got his wish.

  39. ravens2xworldchamps says:
    Sep 26, 2014 11:50 PM
    thefirstsmilergrogan
    Sep 26, 2014, 9:03 PM EDT
    while not all those interceptions were totally his fault, he threw all four of them. no excuses no false victories in the nfl. and all four were mostly his fault.

    /\

    What? How contradictory can you be? Makes absolutely zero sense.

    Dear non-reader: i was using the language of this post which was justification for cousins game…
    and yeah they were mostly his fault.

    thestrategyexpert says:
    Sep 26, 2014 8:50 PM
    Not all of those INTs were totally his fault and he is young and inexperienced but possesses nice talent. He has a bright future and just needs time, opportunity, and coaching.

  40. Not sure which redskins qb is more overrated

    I love how a week or two ago deadspin had an article on how great cousins is after they killed the jaguars. All it takes is a little game tape to expose garbage qbs

  41. Can we also agree, after watching him undress their defense, that the Eagles are who we thought they were and it’s only a matter of time until they sink to their true level?

  42. I have no respect for fans who quit on teams that they watch rooted for just because they are struggling.

  43. The problem w Kirk Cousins is he is a one-dimension QB. Pocket’s clean, give him time and he will hit the right receiver. When he senses pressure he will get rid of the ball a count too early before the target is ready, or the play is dead. That, my friends, is the definition of a backup QB.
    Starting QBs have more than 1 dimension. Andrew Luck & Aaron Rodgers can throw from a clean pocket, or scramble and throw on the run. Russell Wilson can scramble for positive yards while protecting himself if the Hawk’s o-line is blown up. Even non-mobile QBs like Stafford can throw off-platform, side-arm, whatever it takes to make the play. Kirk Cousins can only throw from one 1 platform: shoulders square, stationary in the pocket. Consequently, when you are only able to complete passes in platform sometimes you let go of the ball and the receiver isn’t even open and it gets picked off. When you only have 1 tool in the tool bag, you have to process information like a wizard a la Peyton. Cousins proven he’s not up to it.That is why Cousins will always be a backup.

  44. @claimersays

    You’re a bit off if you think Subway has more invested in RGIII than Washington does. Snyder bet several high draft choices on one guy! That is quite an investment.

  45. I don’t have a problem with fafaflunky’s disgust with Washington. I stick with the Raiders even though they haven’t won anything in a long time, and the owner has a bowl haircut everyone laughs at. But at least the Raiders owner stays out of personal decisions and isn’t a stinking Racist with a Napoleon complex. That has to be embarrassing.

  46. This is actually lightning in a bottle. What the Redskins need to do now is surgically enjoin Cousins and RGIII. The “Kamikazie QB’: pick your target, stare it down, run hard right at it, and smash into it.

  47. fafaflunky says: Sep 26, 2014 9:11 PM

    im starring at the 3 boxes of redskins memorabilia i packed up last night..gave this team 31 years of my life think im ready for a divorce..sad day for me broke my heart to do it..but the heart ache isnt worth it

    This makes no sense.

    I can understand it if you were a whiners fan and actually thought you had a chance; the fall for them will be epic.

    But your a Re…….. fan (you know, that Washington team). You have Snyder as an owner. You’re like Dallas – dysfunctional from top to bottom.

    You had to expect this.

    Maybe if you change the name it’ll be a first step to respectability.

  48. claimersays says:
    Sep 27, 2014 12:51 AM
    the lack of football knowledge displayed in the comments board at PFT never ceases to amaze me yet never surprises me.

    pooflingingmonkey says: Sep 26, 2014 8:59 PM

    How can a team invest so much in two quarterbacks, and have so little to show for it?

    Our 2 QBs are BOTH still in their rookie contracts. Subway has more invested in RGIII than the Redskins do at this point financially. Cousins doesn’t have any lucrative side money at this point so your post is at best uninformed…

    ————

    Uhh, think he’s referring to the investment of drafting these guys and spending time working with them. Thought that was pretty obvious.

  49. Let’s be honest here, Cousins doesn’t ALWAYS stare down his receivers before throwing to them. Sometimes when he’s under pressure, he jumps, tucks, and throws all in one motion and has no idea where the ball is going.

  50. “Cousins sucking doesn’t make Reggie suck any less. Shrugs
    ——————————————————————————
    And one average season after a stellar season constitutes sucking. :shrugs:”

    —————————————————————————–
    Calling last year “average” is being real generous, he sucked, face it. Without his legs he becomes captian er corporal checkdown. His career is going nowhere:shrugs and gives a loud guffaw.

  51. “Just try and accomplish what Eli has and you will be a HOFer.”
    —————————————————————————-
    What’s that, lead the league in ints?

  52. sterclulus65

    Eli Manning is a 2 time SB MVP, thats an accomplishment. knock it off about the picks. football is a team sport. if WR do not catch balls a QB throws, picks are the result, that is common sense. Football is not tidly winks. there are external factors such as team mates that come into play!

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