The Washington Redskins have announced that Kirk Cousins will be the team’s starter for Week 1, leaving former top draft pick Robert Griffin III on the bench. Though that is a mere coaching decision, it makes things a bit awkward from a marketing standpoint.
You see, the Redskins decided this year to put various players on the tickets that are sold to fans. Sure enough, as Mike Foss of USA TODAY reports, Griffin is one of those players. That definitely falls under the category of “giant pink elephant in the corner that everybody seems to be ignoring.”
But this is almost definitely a decision of ‘Skins owner Dan Snyder, who has long defended Griffin despite the quarterback’s fall from grace following a knee injury suffered at the end of his rookie season. At this point, it’s obvious that the tickets were printed long before coach Jay Gruden decided that Cousins would be the starter this year.
Sure, it’s awkward as all hell, but nothing can really be done about it now without team management dropping a ton of cash unnecessarily.
Washington opens the season at home against Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins on September 13.
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