Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss said he is standing behind quarterback Kirk Cousins, who was benched last week.
Cousins was sent to the sidelines after the third quarter of the Redskins’ 19-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Colt McCoy came on in relief and completed 11 of his 12 passes for 128 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon on McCoy’s first snap of the game.
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said that McCoy will start Sunday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.
“I feel we’re in a tough situation as a team,” Moss said, according to ESPN.com. “People are tired of what we’re going through so changes had to be made. … I understand turnovers are big and I don’t feel giving Colt [McCoy] a chance is wrong. But when you have a guy you’ve been trusting the last few years with this role and he’s coming up big for us, you just can’t turn on him because of a couple miscues.”
Cousins is 1-4 in the five games he has started this season for Robert Griffin III, who is still sidelined with an ankle injury. Cousins leads the NFL, averaging 13.6 yards per pass completion, but has had nine passes picked off, which is second in the NFL.
Washington is also last in the league with a minus-nine turnover ratio.
Moss, who has been inactive for each game this season, said that Cousins has made great plays this season and shown the team that he can lead the team while Griffin works his way back from injury.
“I understand this game, it’s all about what have you done for me now, it’s all about winning, all about not turning it over. So when all that comes together, you lean the other way because you don’t want to see it anymore,” Moss said.
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