During training camp for the Washington Redskins in Richmond, I passed along questions for certain players to Adam Winkler, a reporter for WTKR in Norfolk Virginia. I will be breaking the questions and answers into multiple posts separated by who the questions were for. This series includes Kirk Cousins, HC Jay Gruden, Terrelle Pryor Sr, and DJ Swearinger.
The first in my training camp interview series is “Captain Kirk” himself. Looking back at his season last year, Cousins completed 67% of his passes for 4917 yards, 25 TD’s and 12 INT’s, which culminated in an appearance in the Pro Bowl. So, the expectations are high for the 5th year QB out of Michigan St, and the whole team. Especially since the team has back to back winning seasons for the first time in over ten years.
Do you see any differences so far from throwing to Garçon and Jackson last year to throwing to Pryor, crowder and everyone else.
“Height is an advantage if you can use it to your advantage, I guess. You know, you’ve got to be able to put the ball in the right spot where your guy can catch it, and he’s got to be able to adjust to the football and make those tough catches at a high point. So, that’s what the reps in practice are all about is developing that rapport and learning how to do that very consistently against tight coverage. But, it certainly can be used to our advantage if we get better at it, and well see, you know, if we can do that over the next six weeks.”
Do you feel like you and the offense are in a good place for this season with new weapons at your disposal, having Jackson and garcon leaving in free agency and having a new coordinator in place?
“Turnover is a part of this league. I think about eight out of 32 head coaches get let go every year and players are constantly changing so you’re going to have a lot of attrition. We’ve been fortunate to have some continuity, but this year we do have some changes so we’re going to show, hopefully, that we’re a mature football team and that we handle those changes well and we’re able to keep moving forward in the right direction. I feel good about where we are in terms of talent that’s there on the field and I feel good about Jay calling plays and running this offense. So, there’s enough firepower there and there’s enough people in place that we just have to fine-tune and all get on the same page and use this time — these next six weeks behind the scenes — to build that so that come Week 1, we’re a well-oiled machine and ready to go.”
In the next piece, I will be showing the interview with the new WR for the Redskins, Terrelle Pryor Sr, and what it’s like to play on team with a stable QB situation compared to the revolving door in Cleveland and what went into his decision to come to DC.