While some around the NFL may say Aaron Rodgers did not have his best season in 2015, Redskins coach Jay Gruden isn't buying it. A two-time MVP and Super Bowl winning quarterback, Rodgers is still arguably the best passer in the NFL, and it certainly seemed Gruden is preparing his team with that in mind.
"People who say he’s had a down year don’t know the quarterback position," Gruden said.
For the year, Rodgers completed 60 percent of his passes for more than 3,800 yards to go with 31 touchdowns and eight interceptions. For a supposed down year, that's really good.
"Aaron is still Aaron," Gruden said, adding he's a "frightening guy to watch on tape."
At the same time, Redskins QB Kirk Cousins has had statistically one of the best Redskins QB seasons in history. He broke the franchise passing yards record and TDs by a quarterback. For the year, COusins completed nearly 70 percent of his passes for almost 4,200 yards, 29 TDs and 11 interceptions.
Gruden said the key for Cousins, despite the additional spotlight of a playoff game, is to play his normal game, run through his normal routine.
"He’s just got to rely on his teammates like he has all year," Gruden said of his QB. "We have to help him. Everybody got to do their part for us to win the game."
The last four games of the year, all Redskins wins, served as somewhat of a coming-out party for Cousins. The Redskins offense has averaged more than 30 points per game in the run, and looked dynamic at times.
"Kirk is a great talent," 'Skins tackle Trent Williams said. "His numbers speak for himself."