Before the contrived quarterback controversy that percolated on sports radio Monday morning gains more momentum than it deserves, lets listen to what Redskins rookie Kirk Cousins said last week about life as one of Robert Griffin IIIs reserves.
Cousins, asked how he reconciles the fact that he hopes to someday become a starting quarterback in NFL with playing behind a touted 22-year-old first rounder, said Thursday: I have the long view in mind, and Ive said it from the start: if Im someday going to be as good as I hope to be, Ill get an opportunity.
Cousins completed 18 of 23 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns against the Bears second and third string defense Saturday night at Soldier Field.
Griffin, meantime, completed 5 of 8 pass attempts for 49 yards against seven-time Pro-Bowl selection Julius Peppers and the rest of Chicagos starters. Griffin was also sacked three times for minus-19 yards and lost a fumble.
If Im not good enough, then I wont, Cousins added, referring to becoming a starter, somewhere, in the future. But I shouldnt get that opportunity if Im not good enough.
So the way I see it, I need to develop day in and day out, get better and better and if, at some point, the coaches here or the coaches elsewhere feel like they see something in me that merits being a starting quarterback, Ill get that opportunity, the 24-year-old continued. But Im not going to sweat the day-to-day, what my role is. I need to have the long view in mind, and if I do that, I think good things will come.
Cousins is battling veteran Rex Grossman for the Redskins No. 2 job.
As for his relationship with Griffin, Cousins said its great.
Its been a great relationship, he said. Ive said all along that Robert is a likeable guy. Theres no reason it wouldnt be a great relationship. Neither of us are difficult people. Neither of us have difficulty relating to people. Not only would I say its been a good relationship so far, but I would say I have great expectations going forward that, as quarterbacks, well be spending a lot of time together over the next months, years, and I expect it to grow into a tight relationship.