As the mystery surrounding his concussion continues, it appears that the Robert Griffin III era in Washington DC is officially over. Per a tweet from ESPN’s Dianna Marie Russini, the Redskins plan to start former Michigan State Spartan Kirk Cousins not only for tonight’s preseason game against the Beltway rival Baltimore Ravens, but for Week 1 of the regular season against the Miami Dolphins as well.
Sources say the plan is not only to start Kirk Cousins tonight in Baltimore, but also week 1 against Miami.
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) August 29, 2015
Honestly, this decision was a long time coming.
Cousins saw time under center last season after Griffin suffered an injury in Week 2 last season, and finished 2014 with 1,710 pass yards with 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions in six games. Though he looked average on the whole, his pocket passing abilities are definitely more ideal for Washington coach Jay Gruden’s offense.
Griffin, on the other hand, has not looked the same since tearing his ACL at the end his rookie season, his once-electrifying mobility all but a distant memory at this point.
It’s a tough pill for some fans to swallow, but the long and short of it is that the Redskins are in compete-now mode and though Griffin has shown flashes of his former potential and is still a deadly accurate passer, he just isn’t the right man for Gruden’s system.
Barring nothing short of a miraculous turnaround, his days as a starter in Washington are likely over.
However, considering how Cousins isn’t much of an improvement, having thrown 19 interceptions to 18 touchdowns in three seasons, perhaps Griffin will earn yet another shot at redemption sometime down the road.
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