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Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins' workouts are taking place at his parents' house

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins' workouts are taking place at his parents' house

With the coronavirus pandemic putting a wrench in the NFL offseason and keeping team activities on hold, players have had to get creative with their workouts. 

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is among that population. Despite being a starter in the NFL and making millions of dollars, the former Redskin is now staying in shape in a very ordinary way: workouts at his parents' house.

In a story by ESPN, Cousins explained that his family relocated to his parents' house in Orlando, Florida with the league still waiting to resume. The move has been beneficial as it allows Cousins' and his wife, Julie, to have an easier time caring for their two young children. However, living in his parents' house has made it challenging to train the way an NFL quarterback needs to.

Cousins told ESPN that he's traded in a standard gym with machines and large amounts of equipment for his parents' driveway and backyard. He still has everything he needs to get sessions done, including WiFi to video chat with his trainer, but the setting is an interesting one.

Out on the driveway, the quarterback never knows who may pass by on a daily basis.

"I like my privacy, so being out in the driveway, on display for the whole neighborhood to see is probably less than ideal," Cousins told ESPN. "But desperate times call for desperate measures."

"[Every car will] see me doing my shuffles across the driveway, or my cariocas, or doing the jump-rope or different plank exercises, core work, medicine ball, lunges -- whatever it may be," he added. "And different people honk or wave, so it's kind of fun."

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Honks and even the occasional "Go Pack, go!" at Cousins in the middle of his workout bring a smile to his face as he navigates the new situation. Cousins may have been a Pro Bowler in 2019, but the current situation of the world has him and many other athletes heading back to their humble beginnings. If he finds success on the field in 2020, his parents' driveway and front yard will be part of the equation. 

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Washington football team's name change statement 'answered no questions,' according to Sports Junkies

Washington football team's name change statement 'answered no questions,' according to Sports Junkies

When the Washington football team’s press release came out Monday morning featuring the old logo and “Redskins” name bolded on the letterhead, fans and team insiders alike weren’t impressed.

On 106.7 The Fan’s Sports Junkies talk show Monday morning, Eric Bickel, Jason Bishop and John-Paul Flaim gave their thoughts on the team’s announcement they would retire the name “Redskins” and the corresponding logo after conducting a thorough review the past 10 days.

“It’s still under the ‘Redskins’ logo,” Bickel said. “With everything –– statement from the ‘Washington Redskins’ football team. The ‘Washington Redskins’ Inova Sports Performance Center at ‘Redskins Park.’ They haven’t taken any of that stuff out of their team statement. It’s kind of bizarre. And no new name.”

By not removing the previous logo and name, the Bickel saw this announcement as pointless, especially because it failed to add any new information that fans didn’t already know.

“It makes me feel a little empty inside,” Flaim added. “We already knew they were going to move on from the name. All this is, is just an official acknowledgment. It leaves me feeling a little empty inside that they aren’t going to the next step.”

After Mike Jones of USA TODAY reported that the team would unveil its new name on Monday, many fans were eager to see the change be officially made. The statement declaring a change would occur in the future was rather anticlimactic.

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Instead, the Sports Junkies interpreted the statement as a response to pacify sponsors like FedEx, which it ultimately did when the organization released a statement to show their appreciation for the change. 

Bickel, Flaim and Bishop agreed it was overly hopeful for fans to expect a name change this quickly since the team has likely not had the time to conduct proper market research for a replacement. 

“I just found it impossible to believe that Dan [Snyder] could be won over by a name life Red Wolves in the past three or four days,” Bickel said.

Finally, the Sports Junkies were taken aback by the team’s decision to include head coach Ron Rivera as a decision-maker in this process. The statement read, “Dan Snyder and Coach Rivera are working closely to develop a new name and design approach that will enhance the standing of our proud, tradition rich franchise and inspire our sponsors, fans and community for the next 100 years.” 

But Bishop was not impressed by this decision.

“I wouldn’t want my head coach really worrying about this,” he said. “I would want my head coach worrying about how we’re going to score touchdowns. I don’t know why Rivera is so involved.”

While the statement certainly showed the team is taking steps toward meaningful change, Bishop, Bickel and Flaim were unconvinced that the change will occur anytime soon.

“You can expect to see the name, the logo and the colors for at least the next year, that’s what this tells me,” Bishop said.

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Why Mike Florio feels that Monday's statement was 'one final act of defiance' by Dan Snyder

Why Mike Florio feels that Monday's statement was 'one final act of defiance' by Dan Snyder

On Monday morning, Washington released a three-paragraph statement indicating that they are prepared to retire the Redskins name and logo once they complete their review and settle on their replacement name.

To some, that's all the statement really explained. To ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio, however, there was much more to take away.

The longtime NFL analyst had the opportunity to elaborate on that opinion while on with the Redskins Talk podcast.

"Well, frankly, my reaction after I had the chance to think about it was: this is one final act of defiance by Daniel Snyder," Florio said.

"Basically, why are you saying, 'We're going to retire the name later when we have a new name?'" he continued. "You're acknowledging that this name has to go, but you're keeping this name in place. And the name was plastered all over the press release, and the logo was plastered on the press release. Why are you not just abandoning the name now?"

To Florio's point, the word "Redskins" was used multiple times in the team's statement, which was put out on a letterhead that also featured their logo. Not just Florio was confused by that, either.

And while a team spokesman later clarified that the franchise is "still the Redskins" until Snyder and Ron Rivera settle on their next choice, Florio remained miffed at it all.

"The thinking was the name would be gone today, not an announcement that the name will eventually be gone, but the name would be gone today," he said.

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Florio believes — and he was sure to describe this as speculation — that Snyder "decided" he wasn't "going to put away" the label that the organization has known for more than 80 years for good until the next one is ready.

So, for the time being, they'll exist in a weird, in-between world where the word and logo are "retired" instead of legitimately retired. 

As for when there will be some true finality in this situation, Florio expects it to come sooner due to how Monday's events unfolded.

"I think this half measure that was announced today is only going to make those people more determined to get [Snyder] to get this done ASAP," he said. "Get rid of that name. I just don't think it's sustainable to say to the world, 'We have to move on from this name, we'll just do it at some point down the road and we'll let you know when that happens.' So I think it's only going to increase the pressure."

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