Redskins coach Jay Gruden talked at length on Tuesday about starting quarterback Kirk Cousins, explaining that being cemented as the starter has helped Cousins so far in the 2015 season. Surely, after a rocky beginning to his career, the certainty must help Cousins, but the young signal caller did not hit the exact same tone as his coach.
"I don't know that I suddenly feel this ease and this peace that comes with coach telling me 'it's your football team,'" Cousins said.
"I don't know it makes a a huge difference, in this league there's so much expectations," Cousins said about the role confidence makes in playing NFL quarterback.
"Whether you're the solidified guy or you're trying out, you have to prove yourself. You have to go out and play well to stay in this league," Cousins said.
Last year a Thursday night game against the Giants marked the low point of 2014 for Cousins. He threw four interceptions, and three weeks later was benched for the rest of the season.
"You're being evaluated every play," Cousins said. "Every play is a chance to change your life."
With the Redskins sitting at 1-1, and suddenly in an NFC East that appears wide open, Thursday night in New York is a huge chance for Cousins to prove himself. He knows it.
"It's a great opportunity," he said. "I need to play well enough to make good on it and hopefully be the quarterback here for more than just this season, for a long time."