Former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay isn’t about to change his opinion on quarterback Kirk Cousins. The new Los Angeles Rams head coach was high on him before he became a full-time starter, and his opinion has only deepened.
McVay coached Cousins for the past three seasons as the Redskins' offensive coordinator. They won’t be reunited in Los Angeles, even though Cousins is a free agent. McVay has second-year Jared Goff, last April’s top pick in the draft.
But McVay will remain a fan of Cousins.
"When you think of what you want a quarterback to be from an intangibles standpoint, he’s off the charts," McVay told ESPN980 Tuesday. "He does a great job [building] relationships. Football is important to him and he can make all the throws. He’s a lot more athletic than people give him credit for and he is tough. He’ll sit in there and he won’t watch the rush, and when you look at what he did in his first two years as a starter, the production is very impressive. I could go on and on about my support for Kirk Cousins."
In two years as a starter, with McVay calling plays, Cousins threw a combined 54 touchdowns to 23 interceptions and 9,083 yards. He’ll be a free agent, unless the Redskins sign him to a long-term deal or place the franchise tag on him for a second consecutive season.
McVay said Cousins isn’t done growing as a quarterback and can become more of a leader and win big games -- like the top quarterbacks currently do.
"I don’t think there’s any question in my mind," McVay said. "Look at his body of work the last two years. These guys are great players and they have a long resume. They’ve accumulated that experience and gone through things good and bad. Anytime you look at someone who is successful at anything, one thing they’ve had to do is overcome some adversity. It’s an inevitable part of this game, but it’s something when you look at Kirk over the course of his career and through his life, he continually responded to challenges in a way that makes you believe in him."
Indeed, Cousins earned a scholarship to Michigan State when a few wondered if he could play at any level of Division I. He eventually unseated Robert Griffin III for the starting job in the summer of 2015 with the Redskins and has put himself in a position to get paid well -- whether here or elsewhere.
"You see the work ethic and the motivation he has, and you see how important it is," McVay said. "It’s why I love doing what I do as a coach."