Cousins had a simple answer when asked why he'd hustle to make that play in an exhibition.
"It's because I want to win, man," he told ESPN after the game. "I thought I had a chance to strip it, and maybe we'd recovered it. I don't know. Something could've happened. You never know. You got to play it all the way through."
The AFC retained possession to end the game with the 20-13 win. Fortunately for Cousins, he did not get hurt on the play -- or this would be a much different post.
Set to become a free agent, or get franchise tagged again for about $24 million, Cousins could have cost himself money had he blown a wheel trying to tackle Talib in a meaningless game. Yet, the quarterback's inability to let the play go epitomizes why coaches love Cousins.
Given that Jon is the brother of Redskins coach Jay Gruden, those words should be taken as more than a guesstimation of a clueless analyst.
Cousins will either get tagged again or handed a huge contract offer from the Redskins in the coming weeks. When a team finds a capable player at the scarcest position in sports, it doesn't let him walk out the building without a plan to replace him. When that player comes with the competitive fire like Cousins, it makes the decision easier.