Kirk Cousins had a monster day on Sunday, and he responded exactly how Kirk Cousins responds to anything by aggressively shouting his way into Vine lore.
The Washington quarterback racked up 375 passing yards and three touchdowns en route to his team’s 42-24 victory over Green Bay. Cousins, who said last week that he’s “juiced up every game,” delivered a classic “juiced up” Cousins moment after the game on Sunday.
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#HowYouLikeMeNow is not the first installment of Cousins’ Vine-able viral history, which all began with this legendary moment from last season.
You like that?!?! https://t.co/TOnKR43wQx
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“You like that!?” became an instant rallying cry for Washington and instant meme for the Internet. Cousins followed up with another instant Vine classic last week.
Kirk Cousins thinking about that offseason contract…https://t.co/kMwoQUJ2xc
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You can chalk “How you like me now!?” up to just Cousins being Cousins.
But some are speculating that the moment goes a bit deeper. The man Cousins is shouting at and hair-tussling is Washington GM Scott McCloughan. Despite a productive 2015 season from Cousins, he and Washington couldn’t nail down more than a one-year contract for 2016.
“How you like me now!?” could allude to Cousins’ impending free agency, one that will provide a more lucrative deal with performances like Sunday’s.
“Cousins knows he belongs,” CSN‘s JP Finlay writes, “and knows he is going to be paid handsomely for it, whether that money comes from Washington or not.”
The Washington Post called “How you like me now!?” a “pointed response” to Cousins’ contract talks.
But if all that feels like a stretch, let’s just call this a super-hyped quarterback who had a big game had the urge to shout about it. It’s pretty on-brand for Cousins, after all.