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Jay Gruden vouches for Kirk Cousins and his future in NFL after loss to Giants

Jay Gruden vouches for Kirk Cousins and his future in NFL after loss to Giants

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.

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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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Former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens joins Giants staff

Former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens joins Giants staff

What a difference a year makes for Freddie Kitchens.

After a tumultuous season in his first year as the Browns head coach in 2019, Kitchens was fired at the end of the season. On Monday, reports surfaced that Kitchens would be joining new Giants head coach Joe Judge's staff in New York.

According to The Athletic's Bruce Feldman, Kitchens is expected to be hired as the Giants tight ends coach.

From head coach to position coach in just a month's time, that's quite the fall off for Kitchens.

Kitchens and Judge had previously worked together at Mississippi State in 2005. Kitchens served as the Bulldogs' running backs coach, while Judge was just starting his coaching career as a graduate assistant.

The two have not crossed paths since, but obviously maintained a relationship strong enough for Judge to bring the former head coach onto his staff.

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Dwayne Haskins reflects on bond with Kobe Bryant from pre-draft workouts

Dwayne Haskins reflects on bond with Kobe Bryant from pre-draft workouts

Terrible news hit America on Sunday when word came out that basketball legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash along with his daughter and seven others. 

A tragic event for a man and a player that made an impact far beyond basketball. Bryant was known for many things, but more than any, it might have been his competitive spirit. A five-time NBA champion and an 18-time All-Star, Bryant's play was defined by a fluid game and an unstoppable spirit. 

For Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins, he got to see some of Bryant's spirit up close. Last year, before the NFL Draft, Haskins trained at Bryant's gym in Los Angeles, and their encounters made an impression on the signal-caller. 

"He's definitely a guy that brings a lot to the table as far as how he trains, how he prepares and what he expects out of his teammates. Very, very demanding," Haskins said of Bryant. "I want to be able to have that other tool, being able to have that edge that Kobe had. Of course, I play like that, but I'd be able to lead like that. That's why I studied Kobe."

Haskins is one of many young athletes that grew up watching Bryant, and for plenty, idolizing Bryant. 

After the news broke Sunday, Haskins reacted on Twitter.

Haskins said it well: RIP to a legend. Gone too soon. 

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