So far, Kirk Cousins' offseason has included highlights like meeting other famous Kirks and low points such as having his name butchered while renting a car. Now, with the season creeping closer, it looks like he's planning on doing a bit of reading on top of his other activities, too.
On Monday, the Redskins quarterback posted a photo to his Instagram revealing the next set of books he's hoping to work through. And, because overanalyzing everything about Cousins is now as much a part of life for a sports fan in the DMV as consuming GIFs of ridiculous John Wall plays or watching the middle of the Nationals' lineup bombard opposing pitchers, it's time to overanalyze some of the books in Cousins' stack.
Here's the picture:
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And here are some thoughts on which ones are particularly astute decisions:
Gunslinger: The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life of Brett Favre
There aren't many gaping flaws in Cousins' game; he's accurate, he sneakily runs a damn good read-option and he can even drop a Step Brothers reference when the situation calls for it.
What could he do better, though? Most of his detractors will point to the fact that he should take a few more risks, especially in the red zone, and throw his receivers open instead of hoping one breaks free on his own. That's a quality critics will say Kirk Cousins doesn't have right now — and it's a quality Brett Favre had enough of for himself and probably six other quarterbacks as well.
Sure, Cousins doesn't need to go full-Favre in 2017, but adopting some of No. 4's legendary throw-it-now-and-think-about-it-later attitude would serve him well moving forward.
The Energy to Lead: The Thermodynamics of Leadership
Did Jay Gruden get this one for his passer? Perhaps, especially considering how Gruden said back in March he expects Cousins to be a leader for the Redskins no matter what his contract situation is.
"Whether you are an engineer, a parent, a pastor or anybody wishing to grow in influence in a leadership position," the book's Amazon summary reads, "The Energy to Lead will be a must have in your leadership library." The 28-year-old absolutely has energy, so hopefully there'll be some lessons in this paperback that'll help him translate that energy into effective leadership.
The Dad's Playbook to Labor & Birth: A Practical and Strategic Guide to Preparing for the Big Day
Game planning for the Giants defense is one thing. Preparing for the birth of a baby is a whole other thing.
For a soon-to-be-father, this guide should have a ton of useful information for the periods before and after his son arrives. After all, there are no timeouts once that process begins.
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As long as he continues to stay healthy and produce, Cousins is going to get paid, either through a few more years of playing on the tag or by finally signing a long-term deal. Therefore, it's no surprise he'll be flipping through a book about investing. And if there's a section on how crucial conversion vans are to a balanced portfolio, then that's just a bonus.