Darrell Green: ‘Kirk Cousins is Mark Rypien’

WASHINGTON — Disclaimer: Darrell Green does not actually think Kirk Cousins and Mark Rypien are literally the same person.

He does, however, think there is considerable similarity between the two.

Green joined The Sports Junkies at the new 106.7 The Fan studio Tuesday morning, and one topic of conversation was, naturally, what to expect from Cousins this season.

“I walked into my brother-in-law’s house,” Green began, telling the story of when he first saw Cousins play. “The first time Kirk was ever on the field as a rookie, I didn’t see Robert [Griffin III]. I walked into his house and I was like, ‘Man, who’s that kid?’ I was like, ‘Whoa! That’s their starter right there.'”

The Redskins Hall of Famer added that his brother-in-law was a Griffin supporter.

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Asked why he likes Cousins, Green brought his Super Bowl-winning teammate into the discussion.

“I played 20 years, so I saw all the quarterbacks,” Green said. “Kirk Cousins is Mark Rypien. What I mean by that is he’s smart, he has the skill. He is not a superior skill guy, but he has the skill to be a solid QB. Mark won a Super Bowl. You put all the rest of the people around him — Coach Emmitt Thomas said that Mark Rypien was a gentleman farmer driving a John Deere tractor, or he called it like a Mercedes Benz tractor. Which means, The Hogs — one year they didn’t even sack Mark — the running backs, Gary Clark, and all Mark had to do was sit in there and use his brain, do what he do.”

Green went on.

“Kirk needs everybody. He don’t need anybody jacking around. The linemen being at their best, the receivers running, do everything right. Because he’s not that guy. He’s not Aaron Rodgers.”

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He added that he would call Cousins a system quarterback, but he doesn’t mean it in a negative way, noting that term often has a negative connotation.

The full call with Green is available below.

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