Kirk Cousins' emotional Commanders return featured on Netflix
When Kirk Cousins left the now-Washington Commanders for a fully-guaranteed contract with the Minnesota Vikings, it sparked a long chain of events that eventually led to former fifth-round selection Sam Howell getting a legitimate shot at becoming the team's starter this summer. But the less said about the constant stream of failed personnel moves to reach this point, the better.
Would the Commanders go back and do things differently with Cousins if they had the chance? Possibly - but hindsight is a wonderful thing.
Cousins, Marcus Mariota, and Patrick Mahomes have been in the spotlight this week as Netflix released their long-awaited 'Quarterback' docuseries. Episode 2 centered on the former Michigan State star making his first trip back to Washington since his departure n 2018 free agency, which proved to be a dramatic encounter that saw the Commanders snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, 20-17.
This was clearly an emotional occasion for Cousins, who remains indebted to the Commanders for giving him a shot despite drafting Robert Griffin III at No. 2 overall in the same draft. But at the end of the day, it was just business from both sides.
Something else that came across throughout the docuseries - especially late on - was Cousins' toughness. The veteran signal-caller went through excruciating treatment almost weekly to ensure he was out on the field every Sunday, taking brutal punishment behind an offensive line that wasn't exactly blessed with quality on the interior.
And after watching Cousins go home to bathe his kids and read them a bedtime story after such a demoralizing playoff loss to the New York Giants, it puts everything into perspective.