The Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins spoke at the podium on the first day of training camp so it is fitting he does so on the last day as well. Here are three notes of interest from the starting quarterback.
Drama: For the first time since possibly the Joe Gibbs 2.0 era, there is a lack of drama surrounding Washington. Cousins take:
"I've told my teammates, that I'd like to be the San Antonio Spurs of the NFL. Be super boring and maybe people at the end of the season just go 'wow, they had a really good year and no one really talked about it'. I don't need to promote myself. I don't need to promote what we're doing. We have plenty of people here who are very good at doing that if we play well enough. So, I just want to play football. I don't want to worry about anything else and I found from playing at Michigan State, playing even before that, if you win football games, everything else takes care of itself. It's pretty simple, it's a pretty simple recipe."
McVay on the move?: The Redskins are experimenting with offensive coordinator Sean McVay calling plays from the booth. Cousins on how/if it effects his process and routine:
"Well, I think it feels pretty similar when I am on the field because Sean is still able to communicate in nearly the same way. When I'm on the sidelines, it would be very different obviously. Sean used to be sitting right next to me on the bench and now being up in the booth, he would have to call me on the phone. That's the difference. I know Sean is still experimenting with it, I don't know this season if he will be in the box or the sidelines, but it's worth giving it a try. Obviously, you can see things very, very clearly from the box that you can't as clearly from the sidelines and that's the advantage, that's the reason you would do it not to mention the fact that it's a very sterile environment, you can be very organized, you got all of your information right in front of you. So there is advantages to that. Obviously the disadvantage would be the ability to communicate between series when we are on the sidelines so we have to weigh the pros and cons. Sean ultimately or Jay [Gruden] will make that decision, but I think it's worth exploring in the preseason."
Recovery: Cousins uses a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to help his recovery during training camp because he wants to "play this game as long as possible." His perspective on the benefits:
"I think the benefits of a hyperbaric chamber are probably going to be seen in the long term than the short term but much like any other habit that's a productive, healthy habit, you may not notice the results right away. I think it's just good for recovery and for helping heal and restore all kinds of issues that could be going on. Like I said, there are a few other teammates that have them and use them consistently and guys around the league. It's something that I think is very beneficial to one's overall health."
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