Dec 16, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (12) during a game against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Washington won 38-21. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Kirk Cousins Playing Time In 2013

Dec 16, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (12) during a game against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Washington won 38-21. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

As the Redskins head into Training Camp, and Robert Griffin III is still ahead of schedule, there’s no question surrounding who will be the opening day starter for the Washington Redskins. The question however surrounds the rest of the season.

Robert Griffin III took heavy shots during his 2012 campaign, and while some of those hits did and didn’t come from the read-option, he took more than he should have. While some hits could have been avoidable by running out-of-bounds or sliding, others, such as throwing the ball at the last-minute possible on a blitz, were not.

Head Coach Mike Shanahan has made it clear that the Redskins will not change their game plans this season, and do exactly what  took the Redskins from dead last in the NFC East to Division winners for the first time since 1999.

The question remains however, can they keep Robert Griffin III protected, and can he [Griffin] keep himself out of harm’s way. There’s no denying Griffin is a smart kid, but even last year he mentioned he wasn’t the greatest slider. Perhaps that’s why former WVU QB, Pat White was brought in during the offseason.

If for whatever reason Griffin decides to play the way he did last year, Kirk Cousins will be seen for at least one game, as he did last year. Not because Robert Griffin III might be hurt, but more because the Redskins by all means are going to over protect him, which might sound like a bad thing, but it’s not.

Dec 16, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (12) against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium. The Redskins won 38-21. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Griffin III was brought in to play quarterback for the Washington Redskins for as long as he can play, and by no means is the team going to risk his health another time, not to mention could probably stand another beating by local and National media.

Kirk Cousins of course has proven he can lead the Redskins to wins. He did that twice last season against both the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns, and nearly did it a third time against the Atlanta Falcons had the defense been able to hold their ground.

Much like Griffin, Cousins is a pro, and has a deadly arm, which was seen against Cleveland when he hit Leonard Hankerson for a 54 yard touchdown, splitting the ball between three defenders, all while on the run. Not to mention his 329 yard passing yards which Griffin was unable to throw for in 2012.

Washington by all means will protect Griffin as much as they can; it will more so come down to his personal decisions while running the ball; and if he does injure himself, taking himself out of the game before he causes more problems, such as we saw during the Seattle playoff game.

Griffin is a warrior, but he needs to be smarter and think about his long-term future, which seems to be the case as he’s said he’s not going to risk his career just to play week one.

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