Down goes Griffin….
Well, I don’t want to say I told you so, but… and as it remains to be seen whether Robert Griffin III will play on Sunday vs. the Vikings let’s remind all Redskin fans that Kirk Cousins is no Curtis Painter as the second option. Late in the third quarter when RG3 went out of the game, Cousins responded in his NFL debut by connecting with Santana Moss for a 77-yard touchdown pass, keeping the Redskins in the game throughout. Although he will be remembered for his two late interceptions in the 4th quarter while trying to tie the score, Cousins showed that the Skins are not just a one dimensional, rely on RG3, team. The fourth round product out of Michigan State raised some eyebrows across the league during the preseason when he turned in performances like the one in their contest against the Chicago Bears, in which he went 18 of 23 for 264 yards with 3 touchdowns, while playing the entire second half. In the final preseason game as well, Cousins impressed by throwing for 222 yards and completing 15 of 27 passes.
Now obviously, Cousins is still a back up, still not Robert Griffin, but Cousins did cement himself in the preseason as a sure handed option as a second string quarterback. Let’s also remember that Cousins was thrown into a game with most likely little preparation during the week. His numbers, 5 of 9 for 111 yards with a touchdown and 2 interceptions are not any reason to feel any real fear. Griffin’s mild concussion will keep him out at most one game, and if Cousins is the starter this week the Redskins still have a very formidable shot at winning. Yes there will be some growing pains, but that is the case with every rookie quarterback. Well at least RG3, who has proved to be the one mere exception so far this year, emphasis on the so far.
Basically, it’s this. With the Kirk Cousins, the Redskins have a quarterback who can manage and initiate the offense, and can provide a sufficient enough option at quarterback for them to have a chance at winning this Sunday.