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Kirk Cousins on outside criticism: I watch HGTV, not ESPN

Kirk Cousins


After Kirk Cousins threw two more interceptions in a 34-20 loss to the Jets last weekend, the question of a quarterback change flared up in Washington.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said that the “intent” was for Cousins to remain the starter for the rest of the season, but also drew some negative responses for mentioning wind as part of the reason for Cousins performing pretty much the way he did in the climate-controlled Georgia Dome in the previous week’s loss to the Falcons. Outside noise is nothing new to members of the Redskins locker room and Cousins explained on Wednesday how he keeps his focus on football when the conversation rages around the team.

“The way that I don’t listen to what they’re saying is, I don’t listen to what they’re saying,” Cousins said, via the Washington Post. “I turn on NPR instead of 106.7 or 980 sometimes. I turn on, you know, HGTV instead of ESPN. I think there are times when you can intentionally block it out, if you’re asking how to do that. I don’t have a lot of social media on my phone so it’s not quite as accessible to me as maybe it is to some other guys. There are ways you can not hear it and it doesn’t do me any good to hear that.”

Should Cousins continue to mistake opposing defenders for his receivers against the Buccaneers this weekend, an enterprising Redskins fan might pitch HGTV on a show devoted to remodeling the makeup of the team’s quarterbacks room.