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Wash Times:QB Kirk Cousins focused on improving his zone-read option game

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Excellent! I still don't understand why so many people seem to think that Kirk is a statue at QB. Hopefully soon, they'll realize he's not. More people also need to realize how focused, intelligent and driven he is.


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QB Kirk Cousins focused on improving his zone-read option game
By Rich Campbell - The Washington Times

Mike and Kyle Shanahan last season tailored the Redskins’ offense to what their rookie quarterbacks did well coming out of their respective college systems. Because Robert Griffin III ran spread and zone-read principles during his four seasons at Baylor, the Shanahans added that to Washington’s offense and frequently emphasized it when Griffin was in the game. And when Kirk Cousins had to play when Griffin was injured, he operated more of a conventional drop-back style similar to what he ran at Michigan State.

Just as the Shanahans want Griffin in his second season to become more comfortable in a pro-style, dropback game, Cousins this offseason is eager to improve operating the zone-read option.
Cousins shared that Wednesday during an interview on ESPN980 in which he discussed how newly-signed free-agent quarterback Pat White can help the Redskins practice their zone-read plays this offseason while Griffin is rehabilitating his surgically reconstructed right knee.

(The whole 13-minute interview is well worth your time because Cousins is articulate, smart and funny. Listen to it here.)

Cousins is athletic and mobile; he’s just not the elite runner Griffin is. Griffin ran a 4.41-second 40-yard dash at the scouting combine last year. Pat White ran 4.55 in 2009. Cousins ran 4.93 last year.

Cousins explained how any quarterback can succeed running the zone-read as long as the ball fakes and decisions are crisp. It’s just that fast quarterbacks such as Griffin and White have a greater margin for error.

“A guy like me, I need to be much more perfect in my ball-handling and in my reads for it to work than maybe a Robert or a Pat White has to be,” Cousins said on 980. “Now that being said, I didn’t have any reps in college with those plays, and so my ability to be more perfect is not there, whereas Robert had all these reps in college working on these plays. And so it just became a deal where I’m not comfortable running those plays at this current time last season.

“But with OTAs and minicamps and training camp, I believe that if the coaches want me to, I can gain a comfort levels with these plays, where I can be fast enough to have them be effective. And once at least there’s a threat of those plays being run with me in the game, it does change a lot of things for a defensive coordinator.

“And so it’s worth it to explore what it would look like for me to be doing those things. But there’s no doubt I need to get more comfortable than I currently am, and that will be a focus this spring.”

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Love having Kirk "I'm Not Yo" Cousins as a backup, but eventually he will leave the teepee for starting gigs. I don't think White is any threat to him whatsoever, I just hope that the Shannakid doesn't get cute with Pat White "packages" if RG3 is still using his healing factor. Which I doubt. I'm sure he'll be ready to climb Everest within the month.
 

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Cool.

Keep the defense guessing and make it difficult for their guesses to be right.


There have been some who express confidence that the zone read option will shortly be figured out and stopped-I'm looking at you "Jaws"-by the rest of the NFL. I have my doubts about that.

Just have to wait and see.
 

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Awesome! And shines some light on the whole DrugTestGate people were talking about, how they smashed down Grandma's door to force Kirk to pee in a cup. :)
 

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Cool.

Keep the defense guessing and make it difficult for their guesses to be right.


There have been some who express confidence that the zone read option will shortly be figured out and stopped-I'm looking at you "Jaws"-by the rest of the NFL. I have my doubts about that.

Just have to wait and see.
I've thought about that and I suppose it's possible, maybe even likely. The problem is that doing so would probably require lighter, faster players that would leave your team open to being beaten in other ways.

The thing I really love about RGIII is that his game isn't dependent on just one thing. So even if you do sell out to stop him from killing you with the read option he's still a good enough passer to pick you apart.
 

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Cousins reminds me a lot of Jake Plummer, though hopefully a bit better in terms of decision making. Good mobility, solid arm...here's betting he has a better career than Weeden or Tannehill.
 

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That's a great comparison! I'd bet Shanny had similar thoughts!
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