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Gruden says Redskins have 'full confidence' in Cousins


Gruden says Redskins have 'full confidence' in Cousins

Last year when the Packers were struggling early in the season, quarterback Aaron Rodgers went on the radio and told the team’s fans not to panic.

He spelled it out for them: “R-E-L-A-X”.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden has the same advice for Kirk Cousins as he prepares for his first start in an NFL season opener.

“I think he just has to relax and do what he does, what he's done,” said Gruden when asked what Cousins needs to do to be successful. “Obviously he's done some good things in college and some good things here.

“The biggest thing is he can't feel like the weight of the world is on his shoulders. He has to rely on people to help him out, take what the defense gives him, hand the ball off, get us in the right run checks, play the position and have fun.”

Cousins had some fun last year, throwing for 1,719 yards and 10 touchdowns in five starts. But he also threw nine interceptions and he did not react well to them. Gruden thinks that Couins will react better this time around.

“We have total confidence in Kirk,” he said. “He's just got to understand that if it doesn't go right early, hang in there and good things will continue if he stays the course. But I think he's going to be fine, he's just got to relax.”

During the preseason game in Baltimore, Cousins threw a first-quarter interception to Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs. It was a screen pass that Cousins should not have thrown.

“You're not going to go a whole season and not throw a pick,” said Gruden. “But when you do throw one, what happens after that? He showed against Baltimore that he threw the pick to Suggs, bounced back and recovered and led the team on two scoring drives after that. I think he's come a long way in that regard. Time will tell, we have high hopes obviously.”

As Griffin said, Cousins did lead two touchdown drives before halftime. But one first-quarter turnover in a preseason game is not the same test as throwing multiple picks during a game that counts. We won’t really know if Cousins is over the poor reaction to turnovers until he goes through some additional adversity. 

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

In a thriller in Foxboro, the Patriots handed Kansas City its first loss of the season.

It wasn't pretty but the Rams slipped past the Broncos to remain the lone unbeaten in the NFL.

Remember when the Lions beat New England on Sunday Night Football and folks were ready to bury the Patriots? Yeah... how did that 'hot take' work out?


Will the real Redskins please stand up? A win over the Panthers moved the Skins up three spots. Give the Redskins this, they are consistently unpredictable.

The Ravens are on the rise and Marcus Mariota is happy the Titans won't have to play Baltimore again.

So the Cowboys have an offense now? Or does Jacksonville not have an elite defense anymore?

And the Bears let Brock Osweiler throw for 380 yards. Yes. You read that correct. 380 yards. 

How far will the Bears drop because of that dreadful defensive performance? 


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The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting


The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting

The Kerrigan family is about to make a big-time addition to its roster.

Ryan and his wife, Jessica, already have two very, VERY, very, very cute bulldogs in their household. 

But on Tuesday, the two announced in separate Instagram posts that Jessica is 18 weeks pregnant and that a third human Kerrigan will arrive in 2019.

"Can I eat dis sign aftur da picturr iz over?" George the bulldog said when reached for comment on the news.

"How did dey gett such a smawl jerzey for da baby alreddy?" Franklin the other bulldog added.

This is all very wonderful.

Come next March, the world is about to get a little precious-er.