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Kirk Cousins On Zone-Read, Year Two

Posted by Stephen Czarda on June 28, 2013 – 10:39 am

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Earlier this week, as part of his media tour for his new book Game Changers: Faith, Football, and Finding Your Way, quarterback Kirk Cousins made a quick pit stop with the guys at the Dave Dameshek Football Program to discuss how he is preparing for his job in the coming months.

And no I’m not talking about getting his arm loose for all the book signings he’ll do.

Cousins talked about how he and the rest of the offense are formulating plans on how to win back-to-back division crowns for the first time since 1983-1984.

The undefeated starter in the NFL also gave a sneak peak at how the offense might look under fellow quarterback Robert Griffin III in year two.

“I don’t think there’s really a whole lot of tailoring in the offense to protect him,” Cousins said about if there will be any tinkering to the offensive scheme for when No. 10 returns to the field. “I think to run the zone-read and take off; you have the ability to see who is coming to hit you. You can slide, you can get down, you can get out of bounds [and] you can avoid hits.”

The 2012 fourth round pick knows a thing or two about being a great pocket passer—he threw for over 9,000 yards and 66 touchdowns during his career at Michigan State. Being one who also likes to stay behind his line opposed to tucking in the pigskin and trying to gain yards with his legs (unless it’s for a two-point conversion), he knows that being a pocket passer has its risks to.

“When you’re a quarterback taking a seven-step drop, you have very little ability to see who is about to hit you and [coming] after you. When you’re taking those kind of drops and standing in there, that’s when I think you’re vulnerable to a lot of pressure and a lot of hits,” Cousins said. “Keep the offense the way it’s been, as long as we’re sliding and getting out of bounds, I think it’s not putting us in a dangerous situation at all.”

In three appearances last year, Cousins proved that when called upon he can deliver in the professional ranks. While he will still be second on the depth chart once Griffin III does return, do not expect him to just sit back with a clipboard in tote and be happy with simply making it to the NFL.

“I feel like I’m competing for my spot simply as a backup every single day,” Cousins said. “I don’t think I’ve arrived by any means and I don’ think I’m entitled to a backup position either. I have to work for that day in and day out.”

Sounds like a man who is hungrier than every to get back on the field.

Hail to the Redskins!

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