By Brian Tinsman

WASHINGTON — When Kirk Cousins took over the full-time starting duties for the Washington Redskins, he started a new tradition of spending his bye week somewhere tropical, reading books and unwinding in paradise.

That won’t be happening this year, now that he’s a brand new dad.

Instead, he’ll spend next week posted up in a place almost as magical.

“The last two years, Julie and I have gotten out of town. We just go to warm weather and sit on a beach, read a book,” he told Grant and Danny on 106.7 The Fan. “It’s worked well. I’ve always come back from the bye week and played really, really well, so I wanted to do that again this year.”

But he can’t.

Cousins is half right in that he has played well after the bye week. Last season, he turned in a 110.9 passer rating in a home win over Minnesota. The year before that, however, he laid an egg with a brutal 68.4 passer rating in a convincing loss to the New England Patriots.

But we’ll focus on 2016 instead.

“Being that the baby came right before the bye week, we’re going to stay put right here in our townhouse in Ashburn,” he said, trying to inject a happy tone into his voice. “No beach, but I’ll still be reading and relaxing and probably watching some playoff baseball.

“Just trying to spend some time with my family and just kind of check out a little bit.”

So if you see Cousins wandering around Wegmans, biking on the W&OD trail, or sipping a soda at Top Golf, just know that he doesn’t want to be there. He wants to be on a beach. Reading a book. Not thinking about football.

So do everyone a favor and pretend he isn’t in Ashburn.

“It’s a really good time for us. I’ve found that what works out best for me, to come back and play my best for those 12 weeks is to really just unplug, unwind and just get away from it,’ he said, almost wistfully. “When we get back, next week on Monday, just be ready to go, refreshed with everything I need for the next three months.”


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