Jay Gruden Will Re-Assess Washington’s QB Situation On Wednesday

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Monday, October 20th, 2014 | 0


The Washington Redskins were desperate for a win heading into their Week 7 match-up with the Tennessee Titans.

Fortunately for their fans, the team picked up a razor-thin victory thanks to a last-second field goal by kicker Kai Forbath. But it wasn’t under the leadership of backup quarterback Kirk Cousins, who only a month ago was anointed the team’s savior after racking up huge stats when starter Robert Griffin III went down with a dislocated ankle.

Cousins has since turned into a turnover machine, and was benched in favor of third-string quarterback Colt McCoy, who looked efficient while completing 11 out of 12 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions. Washington head coach Jay Gruden told CSN Washington that Cousin’s inability to protect the ball lead to McCoy being given the nod:

“I thought Kirk did some decent things in the first half. Turning the ball over … we talked accountability, ball security. That was a standard pass play that we’ve run for a long, long time and he threw it right to [the Titans linebacker], unfortunately. [So] I decided to go with Colt in the second half.”

“It’s a a good sign the way that Colt finished the game, ran the offense. [It was] very smart and very efficient. [He] did some good things.”

But beyond that, Gruden’s quarterback picture is far from cleared up. With Griffin returning to light practices last week, their star could potentially return as early as next Monday’s (October 27, 2014) showdown with the Dallas Cowboys.

Gruden has already anointed Griffin the starter once he is physically and mentally ready. With McCoy looking effective, the coach will have a tough decision on his hands. He said he would have to address the situation at this Wednesday’s practice:

“You would like to have your decision made as soon as possible. Now, you throw Robert into the mix. Robert has a chance to practice on Wednesday and we have to see where he is. See where he is health-wise, and from there I will make a decision from watching the tape of what I’m going to do.”

Speaking on the team’s Twitter account today, Gruden noted that while he couldn’t rule Griffin out for Week 8, he still has “a long way to go”:

Griffin may have a strong hold on the starter’s job when healthy, yet Washington could become involved in yet another controversy. Griffin has looked largely ineffective since tearing his ACL in a fateful playoff game against Seattle following his breakout rookie season.

He played erratically before getting benched last year, and he wasn’t much better in limited action this year. It’s safe to say that the Washington Redskins are a mess, and it may not be a mess that will be cleaned up anytime soon.

But they got a win in Week 7, and that has to count for something. However, the team’s future, especially at quarterback, is still up in the air.

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