Aug 10, 2014; Richmond, VA, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) shakes hands with Redskins head coach Jay Gruden (R) prior to practice on day eighteen of training camp at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Starting Robert Griffin III is still the Right move

The backup quarterback is always the most popular guy on the team.  And right now Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is extremely popular.  He’s played well in the preseason and Cousins’ good play is only highlighted by the fact that the Redskins starting quarterback Robert Griffin III has struggled.

Despite a very mediocre three game audition late last season Kirk Cousins is still regarded by many as a good backup quarterback and a potential starter at some point.  Also, there is a growing sentiment with some Redskins fans that Cousins should be named the Redskins starting quarterback over Robert Griffin III.  However, I’m not one of them.

  Don’t get me wrong, I like Kirk Cousins.  He’s done a solid job when the Redskins have called his number.  He seems very professional and is a hard worker.  But if Jay Gruden chose to start Kirk Cousins at this time it would be a huge risk.  Some fans don’t care that Cousins stats so far in his career aren’t very good at all.

But it would be foolish to ignore those stats and how Cousins has played against starting caliber competition because you can’t project what Cousins will do based on his play in the preseason.  The numbers Cousins put up aren’t an accident, they happened.  And there has to be a tangible reason why failed to impress.

Granted, maybe some players on the team weren’t playing as hard as they could in the Cousins three starts but if he was really an upgrade over Robert Griffin III, the team as a whole would have performed better with him in the lineup and yet it didn’t.  You also have to look at the upside of the players.

Maybe Cousins has a better grasp on the offense than Robert Griffin III does right now.  But that doesn’t mean he always will.  Griffin still has a freakish athletic ability and elite arm skills that Cousins does not possess.  And Jay Gruden knows that if those skills can be harnessed they will make his offense work just that much better.

Which is why Jay Gruden won’t be making any snap judgments based on what he’s seen in the preseason.  First he has to find out what Robert Griffin III can do when he has the full compliment of the Redskins talent on offense at his disposal for a solid sample of games.

So basically, more information is needed before a any moves of demoting Griffin and promoting Cousins can be made.  At this point Jay Gruden will stay the course and see if the plan works with RGIII.  If it doesn’t work then Cousins is the fall back option.  But right now Robert Griffin III is still the number one option.

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