April 17, 2024

During the season, Kirk Cousins ​​avoids any football work for one day a week

The excellent Quarter west A series on Netflix provides unique access and insights into the work and lives of Patrick Mahomes, Kirk Cousins, and Marcus Mariota during the 2022 season. One surprising revelation from Cousins ​​concerns the one day a week he refuses to work.

“If we’re on a Sunday-to-Sunday schedule, unlike most quarterbacks I choose to take Tuesday off completely,” Cousins ​​explains. “About eight years ago, I made the decision that I’m going to really rest for 24 hours a week during the season. I think first of all he threw the coaches a little bit, ‘Wait a minute, isn’t our starting quarterback going to be in the building all day Tuesday? We’re not even going to see it?’ But it’s just something I felt was important. On Tuesday, I’ll do anything that isn’t football.”

On the specific Tuesday seen during the show, Cousins ​​loads his kids into the car for preschool, goes for a walk with his wife, answers fan mail, goes to the bookstore (should Kirk would have bought Players) — and he doesn’t seem to study the upcoming opponent’s film or self-scouts his own film or do anything else aimed at preparing for the next game.

On the one hand, if it works for Kirk and his family, that’s fine. A football season is a five-month grind — six for the far-flung teams. And he did not suffer the habit in terms of money; he has signed multiple significant contracts, and will get another one (with the Vikings or someone else) in 2024.

On the other hand, and as Kirk admits, his refusal to work on Tuesday is “unlike most quarterbacks.” Most of them working towards the goal of winning on Sunday. The quarterback of the team that will face the Vikings is working towards the goal to specifically beat Cousins.

Do you remember what Tom Brady said in the trailer for his Tom vs. Time documentary? “What are you willing to do and what are you willing to give up to be the best you can be? You only have so much energy and the clock is ticking on all of us. If you are going to compete against me, you better be willing to give up your life because I’m giving up my life.”

As for Brady, there are many truths in that statement. He has seven Super Bowl wins, and is considered the greatest player of all time. However, his life was indeed turned upside down, apparently in part because he couldn’t stop.

Cousins ​​has balance. That will serve him well in the long term. But, frankly, he could reserve that space in his Michigan memory room for the vacant Lombardi Trophy forever.

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