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Kirk Cousins Supports Everyone In NFL Network's 'Sound FX'

Posted Oct 19, 2017

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins was mic'd up during the team's victory over the 49ers. Re-live Sunday's game with No. 8's soundtrack.

Is there anyone more supportive than quarterback Kirk Cousins? It’s a valid question, and it’s worth asking after watching just five minutes of highlights from the Redskins’ victory over the 49ers.

That’s because Cousins was mic’d up again last Sunday, giving fans another look at his demeanor and mindset on the field and sidelines, in the middle of plays and reflecting on them later. There were no high-five parties thrown around this time – recall last year’s mic’d up session from the team’s Sunday night blowout of the Packers – but still plenty of memorable celebrations and words of encouragement.

Plus, it was Cooper Cousins’ first game, one which he almost assuredly won’t remember, but will know he may have provided some positive vibes.

Here’s a few takeaways from NFL Network’s latest Sound FX.

1. Cousins has a nickname for Josh Doctson.

After the two connected on an 11-yard touchdown pass, Cousins runs to find him in the end zone and slaps his helmet, praising his ability to cut and get open in front of the safety.

Back on the sideline, after looking at his Surface, Cousins walks over to Doctson.

“Great job, Papa Doc,” he yells. Will it catch on?

2. He’s got nothing but gratitude for his offensive line.

Cousins was sacked just once on Sunday, thanks to the increasingly dominant play of his offensive line. Even with left tackle Trent Williams ailing, the line pulled together and gave Cousins plenty of time to throw the football.

After one play, Cousins make sure to thank the big men up front.

“Good pocket, great pocket,” he says. “That was you guys, I took forever.”

After Cousins picked up a first down later in the game, ramming his shoulder into safety Jimmy Ward, Williams asks Cousins why he isn’t sliding.

“That’s a $200 million shoulder,” Williams says, and though he loves the effort his quarterback brings, he’s also concerned about his future, too.

3. Cousins is wary of how many close games the Redskins play.

Fans are all too familiar with Redskins games coming down to the wire. After breaking out a 17-0 lead, Washington struggled to capitalize and keep the momentum going in the second half, letting San Francisco back into the game.

Cousins could sense the shifting tides on the sideline, speaking with quarterbacks coach Kevin O’Connell.

“Sometimes I get in a weird place with a lead like this to where you start playing conservative and not to lose, and it’s smart to do that but it also kind of hinders your ability to just go play,” Cousins says.  

Later, chatting with DeAngelo Hall, he acknowledges the tight score but reaffirms why he loves to play football.

“Every game is like this, they’re never easy,” he says. “That’s what makes it great.”

4. He supports his teammates and his opponents in equal measure.

Once the offense had time to digest the second touchdown of the game – a toss play to running back Samaje Perine that he took for a score by diving past a defender -- Cousins looked over the tape and noticed that Perine nearly knocked the ball out of his hands.

Cousins went over to the bench and discussed the play, telling Perine how to change his arms on a play-action pass.

“Good wide pocket, don’t have it tight, nice and wide,” Cousins said. “It helps when I can lead you upfield.”

After Cousins received a blow to his shoulder from Ward, he popped his head up and immediately encouraged the safety. “Nice tackle, Jimmy,” Cousins says, to which Ward could only extend a hand to lift him off the ground.

Once the game had finished, after rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard had nearly orchestrated a game-winning drive, Cousins found him around midfield and, in typical Cousins fashion, offered him some advice.

“Use this year to grow and develop, man, it’s valuable time,” Cousins says. “Happy for you.”

What a guy.

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