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Jay Gruden Says Of Course the Redskins Want QB Kirk Cousins Back

With the 2017 season coming to a close with Sunday’s finale against the New York Giants — and the Redskins plans for quarterback Kirk Cousins still unclear — head coach Jay Gruden has had to field even more questions about potentially losing his starting quarterback in the offseason, Kimberly Martin of the Washington Post reports.

On Wednesday, the coach reiterated his desire to keep Cousins in the fold, adding that the six-year veteran knows how much he values him: “I’m sure he knows [how I feel]. I mean, he should know. I’ve made it clear.

“I’ve been working with him for a long time now and we’ve put a lot of time and a lot of work together with one another trying to get him better, and he’s made me better. So that’s worked out very well. Of course he knows that we want him back, but at the end of the day, like I said, agents, everybody gets involved and he’s got to make a decision for himself.”

Asked if it would make his life easier if he didn’t have to answer so many questions about his quarterback’s future, Gruden said: “My life is only easier when you win a lot of games and Super Bowls. Until that happens, my life will never be easy.

“I’m going to coach the players that are here and adjust from there. But every year, there’s change in the NFL and it’s something you have to expect and understand as a head coach. And you have to adjust with the players that you have and the coaches that you have in the building. We intend on doing that and hopefully it won’t be wholesale changes, but sometimes that’s necessary also.”

Gruden, however, quickly shot down the notion that he deserves credit for his quarterback’s development.

“He doesn’t owe me anything,” Gruden said. “Why would he owe me something? Kirk doesn’t owe anybody [anything] … Kirk’s put so much into making himself a great player that he’s made himself who he is. We just try to give him information to help him succeed along the way and surrounded him with good people. And he’s made people around him better in turn and made me better, made other coaches better, and also made some players around him better. It’s worked hand in hand.”

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