Jay Gruden repeated what he's said a number of times over the past couple years: He wants Kirk Cousins back as the Washington Redskins quarterback. That's not a secret, nor is it a surprise. There's a chance Sunday could be Cousins' last game in a Redskins uniform. There's also a chance he and the Redskins will be at this same juncture a year from now. At that point, Gruden could reiterate what he's made known for a long time: He wants to continue working with Cousins. "I mean, he should know. I've made it clear," Gruden said. "I've been working with him for a long time now and we've put a lot of time and a lot of work together with one another trying to get him better, and he's made me better. So that's worked out very well. Of course, he knows that we want him back, but at the end of the day, like I said, agents, everybody gets involved and he's got to make a decision for himself." Owed nothing But Gruden's support does not mean he feels as if Cousins owes him anything. Cousins has said how much he owes other coaches -- Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan -- in the lead-up to facing the respective teams they coach. Gruden's offense is a good one for any quarterback; the pass concepts help get receivers open, for example. He's considered a good play-caller as well. And it was under Gruden that Cousins became the full-time starter in place of Robert Griffin III. Gruden benched Griffin, a controversial move at the time -- outside the locker room that is -- and turned to Cousins. Cousins had bigger fans in the organization at the time, namely McVay. But Gruden has maintained strong support for Cousins. There was good talent around Cousins, too -- especially in 2015-16 when they were healthier and had two proven receivers.
Jay Gruden: Kirk Cousins doesn't owe me anything
ESPN | Dec 28