Sunday was supposed to be the finishing touches of a fantastic season for Kirk Cousins and his teammates.
Instead, due largely in part to a very poor decision on the Redskins' last drive, Sunday will now mark the beginning of what will be a long offseason filled with a downpour of questions about whether Washington should move forward with him as their franchise quarterback.
Yet moments after watching that very poor decision — an interception that Cousins absolutely couldn't afford to throw as the offense was trying to tie or win the game, and one that occurred with plenty of open grass in front of him — Jay Gruden made it clear he won't be a part of the crowd asking those questions.
"I think he belongs in the NFL as a starting quarterback, that's for sure," the head coach said in his press conference, before adding, "and hopefully it's here."
Regardless of what happened against the Giants, there was going to be a debate about what the Burgundy and Gold should do with No. 8's contract. However, that debate will now be much more interesting after he tossed two picks in a contest the Redskins knew they needed to win, casting a bleak cloud over a mostly successful campaign.
For what it's worth, it sounds as if Cousins has fully won over his head coach, and that Gruden will go to bat for him when the time comes to determine the signal caller's future. That support wasn't just coming from a coaching level after the loss, either.
"You have to know how to learn and face adversity," Vernon Davis said. "I'm sure Kirk — he's a huge advocate of picking himself up and fighting through adversity. I'm not worried about him. He'll do a great job with that."
Does general manager Scot McCloughan share Gruden and Davis' opinion of Cousins, though? Well, heading into an offseason that wasn't supposed to start without a playoff trip first, that seems to be the $20 million-plus question.
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