Kirk Cousins: New deal will help me emerge as a leader

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Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins was always a laid-back guy, but the “You Like That?” side sometimes emerges.

And if he gets a long-term deal from his team, he thinks it will come out more often.

Via the Washington Post, Cousins said in an interview on ESPN 980 that a contract would allow him to be himself.

There’s a side of me that people don’t understand,” Cousins said. “I remember in the Vikings game, when I reacted to what I thought was a pass interference and was all emotional about it, I got a lot of questions after, ‘Why so much emotion?’ I thought to myself, well, that’s who I am. That’s how I would normally react. I think what I’ve shown for years now really isn’t me, partly because there’s so much on my mind and so much I’m trying to do that I try not to get distracted by anything. But when I’m rolling and I’m feeling good, that’s the Kirk that comes out. . . .

“That is the benefit to the long-term deal. It’s, okay, I’m the guy, I’ve got, you know, full freedom to lead, full freedom to just be the guy, to make this mine, and to get that permission, if you will. That’s where I think the leash comes off and you’re able to fully go, and I’m excited for that day to come, whether it comes this year or down the road. I can’t wait.”

Playing under the franchise tag again remains a possibility, though it’s not an appealing option for either side. But if he helps “You Like That?” Kirk come out more often, it may be worth it.

33 responses to “Kirk Cousins: New deal will help me emerge as a leader

  1. Is weak quarterback who says this. Best quarterback in NFL Tom Brady is take less money yet is super bowl champion for glory of patriots and friend of world leaders like president trump.

  2. As a close friend of the organization, as much as it sucks that they’re stringing their QB along in regards to job security, you cannot be upset with the team doing their due diligence when other teams have been burned by the likes of Matt Cassell, Brian Hoyer, Kevin Kolb or most recent Brock Osweiler.

  3. This guy is going to be a great quarterback and it don’t matter if it is with the Redskins or the 49ers. But if I were the Redskins I’d sign him to a long term deal soon.

  4. That is the biggest piece of crap I’ve heard this year! A guy goes from making $10K per game to making $1 million per game, but he can’t relax? He could relax if he didn’t throw interceptions when important games are on the line–games that could get you into the playoffs! He could relax if he didn’t “brag” when he has a good game (“How you like me now?”) then coughs up a rotten egg in the next few weeks in critical playoff-type games.

  5. He loves chirping about his next contract. He’s too full of himself and it’s starting to show. A true leader leads no matter what the dollars are or will be. Russell Wilson had no problem leading on a rookie contract.

  6. Brady fan boys just can’t help themselves. Any time another quarterback is mentioned or written about, they involuntarily start panting about TB12 (haha). It used to be frustrating, but now I’m beginning to take a more sympathetic approach. Their urges are just too strong.

  7. This guy says among some of the dumbest stuff for a QB when he’s doing interviews. This ranks up there with the “every interception is a snowflake” one or whatever that ridiculous comment was from last season.

  8. I agree that working on one-year contracts is no way to foster leadership at the quarterback position.

    He’s a solid quarterback, but he might be the 3rd or 4th best quarterback in his division.

  9. washingtonians want their cousins very badly.

    he cost his team (the best squad he’s ever been on) the pro bowl.

  10. I remember when Washington let Trent Green walk away after the 1998 season (Green’s second year in the NFL) They have been trying to replace him since they let him go.

  11. breadmeatcheese says:
    Feb 3, 2017 10:42 AM

    he cost his team (the best squad he’s ever been on) the pro bowl.

    You and I must have been watching different Pro bowls.

  12. blitzinc43 says:
    Feb 3, 2017 9:14 AM

    As a close friend of the organization, as much as it sucks that they’re stringing their QB along in regards to job security, you cannot be upset with the team doing their due diligence when other teams have been burned by the likes of Matt Cassell, Brian Hoyer, Kevin Kolb or most recent Brock Osweiler.

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    I don’t think Cousins is Payton Manning or even Aaron Rodgers but he’s a lot better than Cassell and Kolb and I night and day better than Osweiler.

    Will see how he turns out if they don’t keep any real receivers around him or how he starts acting once he gets that big payday and contract.

    -Dallas Fan

  13. As a Native American from Rez 254 Ouchitas Devil’s Lake North Dakota, I say sign Cousins LONG TERM asap; he’s the best QB the Washington REDSKINS have had since Thiesmann. Those who are insulting him here in this thread are simply doing it out of spite; they really don’t feel that way. If it wasn’t for the REDSKINS shoddy defense, they would have ran away with that division this year. And yes, I’m among the 96% of Native Americans who don’t care about the word REDSKINS because I’m red-skinned, NOT thin-skinned.

  14. @patriotsivan

    Are you really that ignorant to think Brady actually takes less money?

    The organization cheats from top to bottom, I’m sure Kraft is sliding money under the table to Brady

  15. All i read was if they pay him more money he will be a better leader. If you need money as an incentive to play better than your not in it for the right reasons. Most arent of course, but he just came right out and said it unlike most.

  16. If you are a leader, you lead. You don’t just flip a switch and turn it on.

    This is a good a sign as any that Cousins isn’t the man and won’t lead a team to prosperity.

    It’s one thing to beat up teams with horrible defenses when you have the best receiving corps in the league. It’s another to win big games when the competition is equal or better. He’s never done that before and overpaying him isn’t going to change that. He obviously has a fragile psyche and can’t be trusted to deliver on a big money deal.

  17. As a long time Cowboy fan, I am hoping the Redskins do give him a long term contract. He is a good friend of the Cowboys. The guy had arguably the best group of receivers in football and they still could not make the playoffs and when he had an opportunity he choked. I have said it an will continue to say it he is not a franchise QB, he will throw for a lot of yards, but who does not in this NFL cookie cutter NFL, but when the game is tight and the Refs let players play Cousins will choke. Blame Mike Shannahan for taking him 8th in the draft, when he could have drafted a defensive player

  18. gregorywilliams2 says:
    Feb 3, 2017 1:52 PM
    As a long time Cowboy fan, I am hoping the Redskins do give him a long term contract.
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    “Long time” translation: 2016.

  19. Redskins are screwed.

    Cousins ceiling is somewhere between just serviceable and better than average. will never be better than the 3rd or 4th best QB in that division and is certainly not capable of elevating an average team to playoff caliber.

    Unfortunately, for the Redskins to keep him, they will have to pay him like an elite QB, which leaves no money for the pieces around him that the team would need to be successful.

    Also unfortunately, if the Redskins let him walk, he will probably look better at least for the next couple of years than whoever the Redskins find to replace him

  20. The way I interpret Kirk’s words are that he’s still fighting for a long term contract. Statistically he’s been a top 5 QB over the past season and a half. He out performed RG3. His teammates want him back. I think the key is he would like a 7 year deal at the going rate. He never said he wanted to be the highest paid QB in the NFL, he just wants a fair long term contract. There are no free agents better than him available and there aren’t any franchise QBs coming in the draft. Get a deal done and get ready for 2017-2018.

  21. Because I’m a genius let me let you in on a little secret. Kirk has been a leader all along. He is a nice guy but part of his nice guy act was to give RG3 just enough rope to hang himself. Kirk always wanted the job and shutting his mouth was his way of talking. Right now he’s leading the Redskins into the contract he wants. He’s not the aww shucks preacher’s in every fiber of his body. He’s got the best sort of assasin: the one you didn’t see coming.

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