Kirk Cousins wants to improve on running the read-option

Washington Redskins back up quarterback Kirk Cousins told the Washington Times that he wants to get better at running the read-option this offseason.

“A guy like me, I need to be much more perfect in my ball-handling and in my reads for it to work than maybe a Robert or a Pat White has to be,” Cousins said on 980. “Now that being said, I didn’t have any reps in college with those plays, and so my ability to be more perfect is not there, whereas Robert had all these reps in college working on these plays. And so it just became a deal where I’m not comfortable running those plays at this current time last season.

“But with OTAs and minicamps and training camp, I believe that if the coaches want me to, I can gain a comfort levels with these plays, where I can be fast enough to have them be effective. And once at least there’s a threat of those plays being run with me in the game, it does change a lot of things for a defensive coordinator.

“And so it’s worth it to explore what it would look like for me to be doing those things. But there’s no doubt I need to get more comfortable than I currently am, and that will be a focus this spring.”

I could be wrong, but I can’t imagine Cousins running the read-option nearly as effective as RG3,  He’s simply not athletic enough.