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Cousins: 'I Try Not To Ride The Roller Coaster'

It didn't take long for Kirk Cousins to mentally move on from his performance Week 4 against the New York Giants.

After throwing four interceptions – and also losing a fumble – in the Redskins' 45-14 loss, Cousins said watching the film the next day answered many of his questions about what went wrong.

Just like when he performs well – such as Week 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Week 3 against the Philadelphia Eagles – Cousins said it's important not to dwell on any one particular game.

"That helps you bring some closure to it, once you've been able to watch the film and evaluate it," Cousins told the media on Thursday at Redskins Park. "You definitely learn from it, you get better as a quarterback from it, it toughens you and now we are focused on Seattle."

To completely move on, Cousins said it's important to be "brutally honest with yourself" in the film room, where his fellow quarterbacks – as well as head coach Jay Gruden and offensive coordinator Sean McVay – are always offering their own constructive criticism of his every move.

"You have to check your ego out at the door when you walk into the film room, and say to the coaches, 'Let's make sure this never happens again. However you have to coach me, be hard on me to make sure that it gets through,'" Cousins said. "So, being coachable, listening to what they have to say, the advice they give, being hard on yourself, and then on the practice field next week just emphasizing different areas."

Gruden said he has confidence Cousins will "bounce back" from the Giants game, especially by working on skills such as scanning the field at all times.

"We got to make sure that he does a great job with his eyes because that's one thing that Seattle does unbelievable is all eyes are on the quarterback and they drive and they do an excellent job of rallying to the ball," the first-year head coach said. "He's got to do a good job with his eyes, be decisive with his throws and accurate, but that just comes with time and comes with preparation and learning from your reps that you get in practice and in the game and moving forward when you do make a mistake."

Cousins said he understands that because he plays for such a passionate fan base, it's important to keep an even-keeled perspective after good performances and those in which things don't exactly go his way.

"I try not to ride the roller coaster," the third-year quarterback said. "I try to be as consistent as I can possibly be and I think that approach is going to help me have success in this league. But as a quarterback, you are going to have things that go your way, you're going to have times where it is going to be tough. I think the guys that last are the guys who can ride it out and say consistent no matter what."

Cousins' complete focus is on the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks, who feature one of the most talented defenses in the league.

In particular, Cousins said he's looking forward to how his receivers match up against Richard Sherman, who often claims to be the best cornerback in the league.

"That's the chess match, that's the game," Cousins said. "He [Richard Sherman] is a great corner. We have a lot of respect for him.  There's a reason he signed a great contract and has a lot of success and a Super Bowl ring."

Cousins said the offense will certainly be aware of where Sherman is located throughout the game, but by no means will they completely abandon the idea of throwing to his side altogether.

"He's a guy to be aware of on the field, but at the same time you don't want to be letting it affect you too much," Cousins, a Michigan State product, said. "That's a balance you have got to find."


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