Kirk Cousins was projected to take the next step in his career this season and possibly become a Pro-Bowler. However, the quarterback is off to a terrible start as the Washington Redskins are 0-2 in the NFC West.
Cousins is in a contract year but he’s not playing with urgency.
After the Redskins’ narrow 27-23 defeat to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, several reports emerged of Washington players complaining about Cousins’ performance and possibly growing tired of his no-shows.
During Washington’s first two defeats, Cousins tossed at least three interceptions and failed to deliver the football to a host of open receivers. There were times when he looked like a player who doesn’t belong in the NFL, let alone as a starting quarterback.
And it seems like Cousins, himself, understands the frustration of his teammates.
“I think people respond with emotion like you said. 0-2 is 0-2. It’s tough. No one wants to be there. I think we all feel like we’re too good to be 0-2.
“We have too many players, too much talent. In a lot of ways, (we) aren’t playing at the level we’re capable of,” Cousins told WJFK-FM radio on Monday.
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Earlier this offseason, there were reports of Washington signing the quarterback to an extension. However, general manager Scot McCloughan made it abundantly clear that Cousins must earn his contract.
Going by the first two games of the season, it seems like Cousins won’t last long in Washington. The only positive thing is Cousins has accepted that he’s not playing at a suitable level.
“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 is no different. This is 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,” Cousins added during Monday’s radio appearance.
Remember, Kirk Cousins isn’t the only Redskin with his future hanging in the balance. Wideouts DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon are also in contract years and could struggle to remain in Washington next year.
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