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Kirk Cousins discusses what it’s like to be called ‘Kurt’ all the time


Kirk Cousins has been put in the unenviable position of picking up the pieces in the wake of how the Washington Redskins so completely bungled the starting quarterback position in benching Robert Griffin III and inserting him as the team’s starting quarterback. It might help his confidence a bit if people stopped calling him “Kurt” all the time.

Cousins made his first comments since being anointed the starter by head coach Jay Gruden earlier in the week during his weekly radio appearance on 106.7 The Fan, and among the topics discussed is how people cannot seem to get his first name right.

“For whatever reason, I think it rolls off the tongue a little more easily than my real name,” Cousins said, laughing, as transcribed by D.C. Sports Bog. “There’s a lot of ‘K’ sounds going on when you pronounce my name, so I think Kurt might be a little easier. It’s certainly a more common name to just say Kurt, but you know, I don’t let it get to me too much, it’s okay, but I appreciate your guys’ commitment to excellence and the attention to detail to make sure you get that right.”

Why doesn’t he just go by KC1? It seems to work in D.C.

On a more enlightening note, Cousins acknowledged that a backup quarterback — perhaps especially when the starter seemingly is a target for constant criticism — must understand his role.

“I’ve always felt it’s very important as a backup quarterback to not overstep your bounds,” he said. “It’s not your team. It’s not necessarily your offense, and so to be strong and opinionated and say this is how it should be, I think that that’s reserved for the starting quarterback. Or if you have an opinion, I think you need to defer to the starting quarterback.”

Cousins, who was complimentary of Griffin for how he has conducted himself since being benched, probably hopes RG3 shares a similar viewpoint about how a backup should go about his business … until he’s no longer with the team, that is.