A pause can say a lot.

Asked to describe Kirk Cousins' 2017 season, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden paused. After the coach took a second to collect his thoughts, he gave an honest answer (full video above).

"When you’re 7-9, you know it’s hard to say, ‘Wow, this guy really was outstanding,’" Gruden said. "Kirk had his flashes where he was really good. From a consistent standpoint, over the course of 16 games, you know we’re 7-9."

Gruden's response wasn't a glowing recommendation, but it was fair.

"He did some great things, threw for over 4,000 yards and 29 touchdowns," the coach said. "I think he’s a very, very good quarterback without a doubt, but as far as getting us over the hump from 7-9 to winning a division with all the injuries that we had, I think he competed and did some good things."

Cousins played well in 2018, but it would be hard to describe his play as outstanding, particularly late in the year.

While he threw for more than 4,000 yards for the third straight season, Cousins looked particularly poor over the last month of the season.