Kirk Cousins just gained a significant boost in the totally official NFL quarterback likability index. If Russell Wilson‘s a 1.0 and if Cam Newton‘s a 10.0, then Cousins is firmly secure on Cam’s side of the scale.
After his first season as the Redskins‘ starting quarterback, he wasn’t off to the best start. There are only so many times you can listen to “You like that!” without realizing that you do not, in fact, like that at all. For me, that moment came when Cousins sold shirts with his slogan slapped across the fabric (for a good cause, I should add). For others, it might’ve been when he announced that he enjoyed lifting weights to Creed.
But on the eve of his most important season on the field, Cousins, who is playing under the limited security of the franchise tag, is ready to win us back over off the field. And he’s doing it with his trash talk. At practice.
On Tuesday, Kevin Clark of The Ringer published a story on Cousins and “the art of shockingly enthusiastic celebrations at practice.” The main takeaway: Cousins not only trash-talks with his teammates at practice, he quotes “Wedding Crashers” and “Game of Thrones” while doing so.
“Sometimes I get lost because I’m not really big on TV,” Redskins tackle Morgan Moses told Clark. “He’s shouting Game of Thrones stuff on the field if we’re moving the ball, it gets pretty absurd, but I don’t get it.”
Here’s just how absurd it gets, via The Ringer:
Last year, after Cousins hit DeSean Jackson for a big play in practice, “he looks at me,” Will Compton said, “and starts yelling ‘Crabcakes and football, that’s what Maryland does!'” Cousins doesn’t limit himself to quoting Wedding Crashers, though. In June, after connecting with Jamison Crowder over the middle of the field for a touchdown on a long third down, he turned around and yelled “Booyah, I love football!” at the defenders, who laughed hysterically in appreciation and amusement. During a practice drive in early August, Cousins, pleased with a touchdown pass to Pierre Garçon, screamed “Drive of the century!”and celebrated wildly, imploring his teammates to do so as well. Seemingly everyone on the team has a story about a time Cousins was way more excited than everyone else and let it show.
Yes, I do like that.
Kirk Cousins is the dude who keeps track of his points during pickup basketball. He’s the annoying teammate who puts on his 3-point goggles after every successful shot from downtown. He’s the gamer who screams in his friend’s face whenever he scores a goal in “FIFA.” He’s you and me. Well, he’s me, at least.
Now, there’s only one thing left for Cousins to do, if he wants to catch Cam on the likability index: Bring his “Game of Thrones” trash-talking to the field on Sundays.
I can think of nothing more enjoyable than watching Cousins say, “You know nothing, Ed Hochuli” after a review goes against the Redskins. There’d be nothing better than Cousins screaming “Hold the door!” at his offensive line as he scrambles around in the backfield. Heck, that might even replace Peyton Manning‘s “(expletive) Donald” as the best mic’d up moment in NFL history.
Before every play, he should come up with his own version of Arya’s kill list and read it aloud as his snap count. Jason Pierre-Paul, Cersei, Damon Harrison, Ilyn Payne, Janoris Jenkins, The Hound. When he scores a touchdown, he needs to … well, surprise us, Kirk.
And for the love of the Gods (the old and the new), let’s put the Redskins on “Hard Knocks” so we can all actually witness his practice antics.
Source: CBS Sports / Kirk Cousins quotes ‘Wedding Crashers’ to talk trash at practice