Benching Robert Griffin III? On Monday night, the ESPN MNF announce team of Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden made it a point to spotlight Washington Redskins backup QB Kirk Cousins. They stated something along the lines of how the Redskins had a brewing quarterback controversy, and discussed if Cousins should play in place of RGIII?
I didn’t take what they were saying seriously, because all it was is ESPN attempting to drive storylines and fodder for their other programming. Creating news where there is none. I mean, Jon Gruden is a quarterback guru and understands the logic behind this. So obviously he knows better, but maybe being a cog in a big news machine like ESPN trumps all logic.
Also, there are some fans out there calling for RGIII to be benched, but I wouldn’t get my hopes up. For one thing, the Redskins gave up too many draft picks for Griffin to ever justify not playing him if he’s healthy. Benching RGIII would be admitting that the head coach, GM, and the personnel department were all wrong.
And if they were wrong, and they traded away so much for a player not even worthy of starting, then anyone who had a say in the decision should be fired immediately for incompetence. So even if RGIII was benched, those doing the benching would basically be validating their own termination.
If Cousins did play and played well, How awkward would it be for the team to have RGIII serving as his backup? And if Cousins struggled, then how could they ask RGIII to become the starter again? If you think he’s hard to deal with now, imagine him stewing on the bench and not playing. You may as well trade him.
Now if by some chance the Redskins don’t fire Mike Shanahan and they did want to trade RGIII, then they would significantly damage his trade value by benching him. Which would mean that recouping any where near what they gave up for him would be impossible. No, when the decision to make the trade was made, it was for keeps.
And no, this is not Heath Shuler vs. Gus Frerotte part two. Not even close. And I like Kirk Cousins. I think he’d make a good starter some where. But the only way Kirk Cousins should start at QB for the Washington Redskins is if RGIII is physically unable to play. Any other way would make absolutely no sense.