On the heels of a 38-16 Week 1 home loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington coach Jay Gruden said quarterback Kirk Cousins, who played at Michigan State from 2007-2011, remains a work-in-progress as an NFL signal-caller.
And Cousins? Cousins doesn’t disagree. The former Spartans standout told the Washington Post after practice on Wednesday that he’s definitely still riding the learning curve, even after 33 games — including two in the postseason — in the pros since 2012.
“I think I’ll always be,” Cousins said.
“I don’t think that Year 16, if you’re fortunate enough to play that long, I don’t think you feel like you’ve had it figured out. When I asked Tom Brady after the game last year, ‘When did it click for you?’ In a sense, I asked him, ‘When were you no longer a work in progress?’ His answer was what I would echo here, and that it’s still clicking. You’ve never figured it out. You’ve never arrived. The minute you think you have is probably when you’re going to be gone. I’m going to keep working, keep going, and I understand that. I think I’ll always view myself as a work-in-progress, and I think that’s how other people can view it too.”
Cousins completed 30 of 43 passes against the Steelers for 349 yards but was picked off twice. The Redskins were whistled for five false-start penalties and picked up nine flags for 55 yards in losses. More from the Post:
“Whatever they are, whatever caused them, they need to be fixed,” Cousins said. “And so, the point is whatever caused it, let’s talk about it. ‘How can I make it easier on you? How can I help, and you let me know. Let’s communicate, and let’s make sure it doesn’t happen again.’ That’s been the topic of conversation the last couple of days, and we’ve got a great chance on Sunday to be more sharper in that area.”