Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins says he wants to start Sunday’s regular season finale against the Cowboys, despite the fact that his team has already clinched a home playoff game.
“I’d say that’s a coaches’ decision, not mine, but I can only speak for myself: I feel good and I want to play and I feel as a young player that I want to continue to develop and get a rhythm,” Cousins said Wednesday.
Coach Jay Gruden said he’ll make a final decision later this week. If he decides to sit one or more of his first string offensive linemen, though, he could have a tough decision to make regarding his quarterback.
"There are a couple different ways to look at this, and that’s something we’re going to have talk about as a staff and as an organization," Gruden said. "It’s important for us to be healthy come playoff time but it is also to have some kind of momentum also going in. I’d like to end on a four-game winning streak, win three games in a row on the road, finish the fourth quarter 4-0, finish 9-7. I think it’s a hell of a step in the right direction. The guys that are able to play are planning on playing and competing.”
Cousins reiterated that he trusts Gruden to make the best decision.
“I’ll always defer to the head coach with whatever he decides,” he said. “I think it’s a pretty fluid situation as we go.”
Adding a little intrigue to the situation is this: Cousins is within reach of several franchise records. In fact, he needs only 120 yards to break Jay Schroeder’s team record for passing yards in a season and 14 pass attempts to break Schroeder’s record in that category, too.
“I’ll just let the head coach make that decision,” Cousins said. “I think any records that we’re close to obtaining or that we do obtain is a reflection of the whole team, the whole offense, the whole coaching staff. It’s not a reflection on one person. This is a team game. I think it’s a testament to everybody if we’re able to accomplish anything that is record-breaking. I’ll let the coaches decide that, but certainly would be a reflection of everybody, not just one person.”