It hasn't quite reached the level of attention that celebrity couples receive, but the relationship between Kirk Cousins and Jay Gruden has gone under the microscope in the past few weeks.
As Cousins' contract issue continues to dominate storylines around the Redskins, people have begun to ask questions about the QB and the coach. Does Cousins owe Gruden anything, since Gruden is the one that first gave him the starting gig? Does Gruden deserve credit for how much Cousins developed in 2017 since he was the one calling plays?
And, most recently: Is there tension between the two?
The last query has started popping up after Gruden's honest but less than warm review of Cousins following Washington's last game, and in an interview on NBC Sports Washington's Redskins Talk podcast, former Redskin Darrel Young agreed that the two may not be seeing eye-to-eye.
"I think it's kind of mixed feelings there," Young answered when asked to evaluate the dynamic between the two. "I think there's a lot of tension there because Kirk wants a long-term deal. I don't really know, listening to Jay's interviews, if he actually believes in Kirk all the way. You know, just saying, 'Oh, we might not have Kirk.'"
Young's response is intriguing because many have approached this dilemma wondering if Cousins believes in Gruden and the 'Skins, but he's coming at it from the other direction and isn't sure about Gruden's trust in his signal caller. The former fullback, who played with Cousins and under Gruden, did go on to say he believes the Burgundy and Gold should pay Cousins.
For more of Young's interview on Redskins Talk, including stories about the 5-on-5 pickup basketball games he used to be involved in with other Redskins like Trent Williams and Jordan Reed, check out the episode below. And subscribe while you're there, too.