Which NFL quarterbacks have rushed for the most touchdowns over, say, the past three seasons? There’s Cam Newton with 19, and then a tie for second — between Tyrod Taylor and Kirk Cousins. Washington’s QB has scored more often than Alex Smith or Jameis Winston, more often than Marcus Mariota or Aaron Rodgers. Kind of unexpected, right?
How about this one: Which Redskins backs have rushed for the most touchdowns over those same three seasons? That list starts with Cousins, obviously. The quarterback has 12 rushing scores, ahead of Rob Kelley with nine and Matt Jones with six.
One more: Which Redskins quarterbacks have rushed for the most touchdowns in franchise history? Joe Theismann is in first with 17. But Cousins, with 12, is now ahead of everyone else, including Sonny Jurgensen, who had 10, and Sammy Baugh, with nine. Theismann needed 124 starts to get those 17 scores. Cousins reached a dozen rushing touchdowns in just 50 starts.
Each of those lists kind of surprises me. Is this a skill or a product of circumstances? Because if it’s a skill, Cousins seems to have it.
The quarterback showed his goal-line expertise twice on Sunday, both on strange plays that required some officiating discussions. There was the one-yard run in the second quarter, on which Cousins bobbled the ball, lost his original momentum and then was pushed into the end zone as part of a massive pile of humans, with Larry Michael describing him as “just engulfed in manhood.” The moment was caught, above, by Ed Sheahin of Redskinshistorian.com. And the fumble was more disruptive than I realized live.
“When the quarterback sneak plays get called down there, you never quite know what they’re going to do from a front standpoint, or what the linebackers are going to do,” Cousins explained on 106.7 The Fan’s Grant and Danny program. “And so you kind of get up there and assess: Is this going to have a chance or not? And I actually felt really good about it. I felt like with the front they were playing, the depth of the linebackers, this would not be hard to get in. We were gonna get push, and I could get in there before the linebackers could meet me.
“But the challenge was, the center-quarterback exchange was just not clean,” Cousins went on. “And so as the ball came up, basically it was loose in my hands, or I fumbled it if you will, and had to kind of re-grab it. And…