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LANDOVER, Md. — The throw Kirk Cousins made that resulted in a Vontaze Burfict pick-six was just the second-ugliest part of that sequence Sunday at FedEx Field.

His tackle attempt on the linebacker at the goal line actually looked even worse than the pass, and the pass — a late toss meant for Chris Thompson in the flat — was a very poor one.

Sure, Cousins deserves credit for exerting so much energy in tracking the Bengals linebacker some 50-plus yards after the interception, but let's just say you can tell he hasn't played much defense in his life after watching him try to prevent Burfict from scoring:

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When asked if he ever considered pulling up and letting Burfict into the end zone without trying to stop him, Cousins said no.

"I feel like once we cross those lines, whether it's the preseason or regular season, you just play," he said. "At first, I thought maybe I should have given a better effort. I didn't want to extend my arms, so I just kind of threw a shoulder... When I looked up at the Jumbotron, I felt like I should've maybe done a better job form tackling."

 

Junior Galette, for one, was pleased to see his quarterback go so hard while pursuing the defender.

"I think that he’s supposed to do that," Galette said. "If he tackles him on the 30 yard line, gives us a shot and then we can get a pick, that’s what it’s about, getting the ball back."

Jay Gruden, meanwhile, expected Cousins to react the way he did.

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"To let a guy score a touchdown on our home field is unacceptable so I'm happy he did that," the head coach said. "That was the right move. He should do that."

No one will confuse Cousins' chase down ability with that of LeBron James or John Wall, but his effort certainly can't be questioned. Maybe next time, however, he'll find a way to complete the pass and avoid the situation altogether.

After all, the Redskins are paying him $24 million in 2017 for plenty of reasons. Tackling isn't one of them, though.

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