During Sunday's television broadcast of the Redskins game against the Eagles, a report suggested media and fan criticism impacts Kirk Cousins' play. The report, from Fox's Pam Oliver, said that Cousins does not respond well to fan and media criticism of his play, and that both Cousins and head coach Jay Gruden view it as a problem.
On Wednesday, Cousins made clear that is not the case.
"No, that’s not accurate," the quarterback said. "I don’t even know what you guys are saying."
Cousins took over as the Washington starting QB last season and broke numerous franchise passing records. This season, Cousins has guided the Redskins to a 4-2 record and ranks No. 6 in the NFL with nearly 1,700 passing yards. He has thrown some costly interceptions - notably in the end zone against the Cowboys in Week 2 - but by and large Cousins has executed the Redskins offense crisply.
Cousins expanded that he largely tries to ignore media reports during the football season. Remember, during a rough patch of the 2015 season, Cousins said that he and his wife often watch HGTV programming instead of sports commentary.
"I’m pretty ignorant (of media reports), so I like to keep it that way," Cousins said.
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Washington head coach Jay Gruden also responded to Oliver's report, which cited him as a source.
"I don’t think it’s necessarily right. I think maybe it was more ‘could be getting to him, possibly’ because there’s a lot of it," Gruden said. "But I don’t think it has. I think he’s proven that it hasn’t."
The coach continued about his QB:
"I think a normal human being when you read all those criticisms over and over, it could get to you. But I think talking to Kirk, he doesn’t read it at all, so it doesn’t really get to him. I don’t think there’s really a lot to that either. When you play quarterback in the National Football League, unless you’re one of the greatest of all-time – like Tom Brady or somebody – you’re going to have some negative criticism. That’s just the nature of the position. That’s what you signed up for and that’s going to happen year-in and year-out, game-in and game-out. That’s why really the only substitute and the only antidote is winning football games."
Since he was named starter last year, the Redskins won the NFC East in 2015 and look to be firmly in the playoff hunt this season. Cousins is winning games in Washington, yet, criticism remains. It's part of the job, as Gruden explained, but regardless, Cousins is ignoring it.
"I have no idea what you guys are saying," Cousins said.
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