Kirk Cousins showed his ability to not only run an efficient offense but thrive in that efficiency during the 2015 season. More than 4,000 passing yards and completing nearly 70 percent of his passes is proof of that, as is the Redskins NFC East title last season.
Accuracy and precision are what makes Cousins effective leading the Washington offense, and that's what offensive coordinator Sean McVay wants to see more of Friday night against the Jets (7:30 p.m., CSN).
"I thought Kirk last week with what he controlled did an excellent job operating," McVay said Thursday. "He found completions."
Cousins stat line was not overpowering in Atlanta last week, he completed all five of his passes for 39 yards. Time and again, Cousins was forced to lead the offense out of tough down and distances, something McVay wants to see change.
"What we want to see from our offense overall is good execution, and that starts with not beating ourselves," McVay said. "It's too hard in this league to play behind the chains, whether it's negative plays in the run game, penalties."
Starting running back Matt Jones found no run room, as his two carries generated just one yard rushing. Jones did, however, have one nice gain called back by a penalty.
One thing that will be interesting to watch Friday night is if the Redskins try to use tempo to help their offense. In the past, Cousins has looked sharp hustling the offense from the huddle, and McVay thinks changing the pace of the offense can be a valuable weapon.
"As an offense what we want to have the ability to do is huddle and change up the tempo within the framework of the drive," McVay said. "Show you can snap quickly, mix it up."
What Cousins does do well is spread the ball around. In very limited action against Atlanta, Cousins found four receivers on his five completions. Expect a similar output tonight on increased pass attempts.