The Redskins may be 4-6, but starting quarterback Kirk Cousins says he’s playing the best football of his career.
Cousins has completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 2,796 yards and 17 touchdowns. He’s on pace to throw for more than 4,400 yards and 27 touchdowns, both of which would be his second-highest season totals to date, and has a career-high 101.8 passer rating. He’s rushed for 141 yards — his highest total yet — and an additional three touchdowns.
On paper, Cousins is having one of his best seasons as a professional, after losing two thousand-plus-yard receivers, in Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson. He was asked during his weekly 106.7 The Fan appearance if he feels this is the best he’s played.
“Yeah. That’s not even hard to think about. I mean, it’s not even close,” Cousins said. “I’m playing my best football I’ve played.”
“Sean McVay used to always talk about there were just a few cornerstones of our offense, and one was continuous improvement,” he said, quoting his former offensive coordinator who’s now head coach of the Rams. “He always said, no matter how good you are, you’re always continually looking to improve, and if you’re not continuously improving, something is wrong.”
“I am encouraged by the fact that every year I’ve played, I’ve continued to improve,” he said. “There’s no doubt that a year ago, two years ago, I’m not doing what I’m doing this year. It’s simply because I’ve gotten better, more experienced, have a better mastery of the offense.
“It enables me to still be productive as we faced adversity. I’m glad we didn’t face that adversity two years ago, because I probably wouldn’t have been able to have the production that I had.”
“Now, two years later, it’s still possible,” he said. “And I’m excited for two years from now, where I could be if I continue to stay healthy and go out there and play, because every time I go out there I get better and continue to improve. To answer your question, I’m playing my best football and I’m excited about that and just continuing to try to get better.”