Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden reflected on the team’s season, offering only mild praise for quarterback Kirk Cousins. Cousins will be a free agent in March, and the Redskins face important questions heading into the offseason.
Kirk Cousins ‘Did Some Good Things’
Finishing the season with a 7-9 record, the Redskins missed the playoffs and are officially done for the season. As Gruden reflected during his year-end press conference, his comments on QB Cousins’ performance were “meh” at best.
“It’s hard to say, ‘Wow, this guy really was outstanding,'” Gruden said. “Kirk had his flashes where he was really good. From a consistent standpoint, over the course of 16 games, we’re 7-9. He did some great things, threw for over 4,000 yards and  touchdowns. He’s a very, very good quarterback without a doubt, but as far as getting us over the hump from 7-9 to winning the division with all the injuries we had, he competed and did some good things.”
Jay Gruden Evaluates Redskins Roster
In March, Cousins will become a free agent. Gruden expressed his desire to re-sign the quarterback, but he also said that the team should prepare for the possibility that it may not happen. The Redskins must decide whether they want to apply the transition tag or use a franchise tag again, for the third time. They also have the option to negotiate a long-term deal.
Gruden commended Cousins’ growth throughout the season. However, the organization remains aware that Cousins might not return to the Redskins next season, and will be ready to move forward without him if necessary.
“We have to,” Gruden explained. “There are ways to plan for it. We have to make sure we have all our ducks in a row whether he’s here or not. We have to make this team better.”
Redskins Begin Self-Assessment
Although the team faces some uncertainties in the offseason, Gruden was optimistic about the talent within the organization. He highlighted the team’s Pro Bowl honorees, whom he thought were outstanding: Ryan Kerrigan, Brandon Scherff, and Trent Williams.
Gruden also made it clear that he is not yet through evaluating the season, which was plagued by injuries. In the final game of the season, the Redskins fell to NFC rivals NY Giants, 10-18. Gruden promised to thoroughly assess every aspect of the organization – from the roster to the coaching to how the team practices – in order to improve after a disappointing season.