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SmashMouth 11-18-2017 05:28 AM

From food allergies to pump fakes, what Kirk Cousins has learned from Drew Brees
 
The studying, or at least the watching, began when Kirk Cousins was in fifth grade. Not many teams threw a lot in the Big Ten, let alone from a spread look, but one quarterback did: Purdue's Drew Brees. So Cousins, as a young kid in Chicago, watched him. Even now, Cousins can rattle off plays from a Purdue win that season over Ohio State, specifically Brees' touchdown pass on a post route.

"They were fun to watch," Cousins said. "I've followed him ever since."

Eventually, watching turned into learning, and that's made Brees into one of the bigger influences on Cousins' career -- sometimes in subtle ways. Like getting tested for food allergies. Other times it's bigger, like taking cues on leadership or on-field situations.

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But it all stems from Cousins having read Brees' book, "Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity," when Cousins was at Michigan State. And from the occasional phone conversation and, eventually, quizzing Brees during a week together at the Pro Bowl last season.

There was a natural connection: Both players starred in the Big Ten, after being largely overlooked in high school, in part because of injuries. Cousins has been referred to by some of his former coaches as "Drew Brees lite" because of similarities in their games.

"We've both been at times underrated, overlooked," Cousins said of his Sunday counterpart.

Their backgrounds aren't completely similar -- Brees endured more adversity growing up because of his parents' divorce and a rocky relationship with his mother -- but there's enough to make Brees a person Cousins wanted to study. Cousins has watched and talked with other quarterbacks as well. But he rattled off reasons why Brees is at or near the top of his list.

"He's a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He's had consistent production for well over a decade," Cousins said. "Stays healthy. Represents the organization well. Is connected well with his city. He's a family man, great leader. Has great habits. Very accurate. Very athletic, and we play the game very similar."

Their footwork in the pocket needs to be the same as their reads and progressions are similar. The offensive philosophy is as well.

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Cruize 11-18-2017 06:22 AM

Re: From food allergies to pump fakes, what Kirk Cousins has learned from Drew Brees
 
The guy can play. I believe he actually gets less credit than he deserves for Washington being competitive and winning. He has never had a lot of talent around him.

hagan714 11-18-2017 06:25 AM

Re: From food allergies to pump fakes, what Kirk Cousins has learned from Drew Brees
 
he has played the system well or the skins screwed up big time. He is going to be the most over paid QB in the NFL soon enough.

He has the talent but what will his contract look like.


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