After Robert Griffin III spoke with reporters on the red carpet at last Saturday’s NFL awards show, Rich Campbell of the Washington Times caught up with Kirk Cousins. He got some interesting insight from the Redskins’ backup quarterback, who is in an odd spot.

As a rookie, Cousins was able to lay low for the most part as RG3 quickly grew into a team leader. But this year the injured Griffin will be out of action during the offseason program, most or all of training camp, and maybe even a chunk of the regular season. That will leave a leadership void that Cousins, who will be taking the first-team snaps, will have to fill.

“Now, in terms of my presence in the locker room and that kind of a thing, I’ll probably try to be a little more vocal so that I don’t come across to my teammates as somebody who’s afraid of that role or not comfortable in that role,” Cousins said. “It’ll be an interesting balance to have to walk because obviously I don’t want to step on anybody’s toes, but I also need to be ready if called upon.”

There are reasons to believe that Cousins will be able to assume the role of team leader without a hitch. Mike Shanahan has put together a pretty good locker room. There are no big egos that will get in the way of Cousins doing what he needs to do. And Cousins leadership ability was one of his major draft positives when he was coming out of Michigan State, where he was a three-time team captain.