EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jay Gruden didn't even allow himself a moment to digest the question.
"No. No. Kirk is fine, we just have to play better around him," Gruden said. "There's no quarterback controversy."
Gruden's message was simple: The Redskins need to be a better football team altogether. This conclusion was made despite the Redskins having more passing yards, rushing yards, first downs and fewer penalties than the Giants. A blocked punt early in the first quarter and a plodding offensive line likely will shoulder most of the blame.
When looked at independent of game circumstances, Cousins' numbers are a bit alarming: 29 turnovers over his last 17 games and two interceptions or more in eight of his 17 starts. In three games against the division-rival Giants, Cousins has thrown one touchdown and has eight picks.
Despite this, Gruden remained steadfast. A season -- and offseason, really -- removed from a near constant rotation of quarterbacks has likely forced him to shy away from opening the door to another option under center.
"It's great," Cousins said afterward of Gruden's support. "But I made a couple bad plays tonight and I gotta find a way to clean those up."