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Kirk Cousins is all smiles when talking Broadway, musical bucket list

Kirk Cousins is all smiles when talking Broadway, musical bucket list

Broadway show tunes and professional football are about as far away from each other on the activity spectrum as possible.

But if you know anything about Redskins' quarterback Kirk Cousins, he doesn't exactly fit the norm in the most enjoyable way possible. He still drives his trusty conversion van and almost always has a smile, regardless of the previous week's result.

So it should come as no surprise to learn that Cousins, the FedEx Air Player of the Week for Week 12, is also a huge fan of show tunes. During his Wednesday press conference — not shortly after tight end Vernon Davis detailed Cousins' fondness for singing songs from 'Hamilton' in the locker room — Cousins could not contain himself when the subject of musicals was broached.

“I don’t know all the words, but I’m a big Broadway fan,” Cousins told reporters during his weekly press conference on Wednesday.

“I love musical theater. When the Super Bowl was in New York City a couple years ago, I went to a Broadway show and was blown away. I went to the Chicago Theater a lot growing up, and with ‘Hamilton’ now being out I talked to Vernon (Davis), he said he had been, and I said I want to go see that. ... I had seen Rob Riggle's spoof on it. ... so that’s the next one to go see, but I’ve got a long list of offseason musicals to see.

But if you know a bit about Cousins, then you already know his penchant for the stage. In CSNMA's "Going Home" series with Cousins this summer, we got to know a bit more about his artistic background at Holland Christian High School. (Segment gets going at 4:30). 

So the real question becomes: What is on Cousins' list of musicals he's seen and wants to see?

"Oh man.," Cousins said, with a gleeful smile across his face. I've seen 'Motown,' I'd love to see 'Lion King,' I'd love to see 'Book of Mormon.' I'd love to see 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' again. I saw it as a kid and loved it. Really, they're all good. I saw 'Jersey Boys' in college. ‘Wicked.’"

Cousins' musical bucket list of sorts is a good one for sure. And although it seems like a short list, Cousins doesn't exactly have a lot of free time on his hands.

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If Luke Kuechly wants to coach, would Ron Rivera hire him for the Redskins?

If Luke Kuechly wants to coach, would Ron Rivera hire him for the Redskins?

One of the best linebackers of the last decade, Luke Kuechly retired from football this week in a move that stunned many. For years Kuechly has dealt with injuries, including multiple concussions, and decided his body could not withstand anymore life in the NFL. 

Or at least being on the field. 

A new NFL Network report suggested that Kuechly could be looking to stay in the game in a coaching or consulting role, and that it could happen this season. 

"I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Luke Kuechly in the NFL. As a player we have," Mike Garafolo said on Good Morning Football.

The natural question for Redskins fans becomes if Kuechly could land in Washington. New Redskins coach Ron Rivera was with the Panthers when the team drafted Kuechly ninth overall in 2012, and the duo worked closely together. It's been widely reported that Kuechly and Rivera have a strong relationship too. 

When Kuechly announced his retirement, Rivera took to Twitter to compare the linebacker to Hall of Famers Mike Singletary and Brian Urlacher. Rivera also said he "will remember Luke’s sense of humor, his leadership & 4 being a great teammate."

The Redskins recently announced their assistant coaches and linebackers coach Steve Russ worked with Kuechly for the past two seasons in Carolina. There is no assistant linebackers coach on the staff, but that's a role that could be created. There are few rules about assistant coaches in the NFL; for example, last season the Redskins employed an inside linebackers coach and an outside linebackers coach because they played a 3-4 system. This year the team will play the 4-3. 

It's unclear what role Kuechly would want, and while the connection to Rivera is obvious, so is the connection to Carolina. 

"Certainly the Panthers would love to have him be a part of their organization in some capacity," Garafolo said. 

What happens next for Kuechly remains unknown. He just retired from football a few days ago. He might need time to make his next series of decisions. 

Based on Rivera's actions so far as the new Redskins boss, however, it would not be a surprise at all if the head coach tries to get Kuechly to Washington. Rivera has hired just about everyone else that was with the Panthers in the last decade; why not add one more?

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Jason Garrett reportedly to stay in NFC East, becomes Giants offensive coordinator

Jason Garrett reportedly to stay in NFC East, becomes Giants offensive coordinator

Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has agreed to become the new offensive coordinator of the New York Giants, according to a report from ESPN

He will join the staff of first-year head coach Joe Judge.

Garrett was recently let go after a 10-year unimpressive stint with the Dallas Cowboys. In that span, he only led the team to three playoff appearances and with that two playoff wins. 

The team underperformed in 2019 after starting the season with Super Bowl aspirations. Stumbling to an 8-8 record, It became clear that Garrett was the not the answer at head coach. Following the end of the regular season, the team decided to go in another direction replacing him with former Packers coach Mike McCarthy.

The Princeton alum led the Cowboys to an 85-67 overall record during his tenure in Dallas.

As a former backup QB for the Giants (2000-03) and Cowboys (1993-99), he has an extensive background in game-planning against the NFC East.

Judge was named head coach on Jan. 7 after spending eight seasons with the Patriots. He was promoted to special teams coordinator in 2015, and also became the team's wide receiver coach in 2019.

Garrett and Judge will be tasked with developing a young roster with some intriguing options at their disposal, as well as the No. 4 overall pick in April's draft.

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