Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins had some high praise for Tom Brady on Wednesday, calling the Patriots quarterback the best to ever play the position.
“I think he’s the G.O.A.T., [that] he’s the greatest of all time,” Cousins said of his counterpart this coming Sunday. “He’s done it for a reason. I have really only talked to him once, but I did tell him the one time I talked to him, ‘I study you. You do it at the highest level.’”
Cousins will be making his 17th career start and his first at Gillette Stadium. Brady, on the other hand, will be making start No. 215 and, at 38, is on pace for one of his best seasons.
Through seven games, Brady has 20 touchdowns, one interception and has directed the Patriots to a 7-0 record and almost 36 points per game. Cousins, meantime, has nine touchdowns and eight interceptions for the 3-4 Redskins.
“He’s kind of set the standard for all of us to follow,” Cousins added. “It’s a high standard to meet. That’s the goal, certainly, every year, every offseason, to work and to prepare to try and play at the level he does, week-in and week-out.”
Two summers ago, Cousins got the opportunity to study Brady’s footwork and mechanics up close and personal in Richmond, when New England visited Washington’s training camp for a few days. But he knows there won’t be any time to admire Brady's greatness on Sunday, not while he's in the heat of competition.
“I don’t know that during the game I have the time or the freedom to do that,” Cousins said. “I would say that is more of an offseason thing [or] when you get other stuff done at the end of the day, if you want to go put on some film and study some things. So probably more of a film and from a distance [thing] than live and in person, just because of all that we’ve got to handle [on game day]. It’s a great opportunity to go up against a guy of that caliber.”