Jay Gruden On Kirk Cousins Remaining Starter: Crazy Things Have Happened

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 | 0


The Washington Redskins saw their 2014 season get flipped upside down when starting quarterback Robert Griffin III was forced out of their Week 2 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars with a dislocated ankle, his second debilitating injury in three years.

But it wasn’t all bad, as backup Kirk Cousins came in and lead the team to a massive 41-10 win, following it up with a huge passing day in a close loss at division rival Philadelphia in Week 3. Cousins, who has long been thought to be a better fit for Washington head coach Jay Gruden’s pro-style passing game, is quickly making those in Washington forget about RGIII.

In fact, speaking to the press today, Gruden said that Cousins might still be the starter when Griffin returns in 6-8 weeks:

“Crazy things have happened in NFL. I’m not going to discount anything.”

It’s a noncommittal response from Gruden, who said the “keys to the franchise” went through Griffin as recently as this August. But as rumors swirled about Cousins being the superior quarterback for Gruden’s style, it was easy to see that Griffin’s hold on the starting position was a tenuous one at best.

He was noticeably still suffering from the effects of a torn ACL in 2013, and the latest injury has most wondering if Griffin will ever be able to stay healthy in the rough-and-tumble NFL.

Even if he progresses miraculously and comes back to the Redskins in a month-and-a-half’s time, his job may not be waiting for him. Cousins has the pocket passing skills that will follow Gruden’s lead, and he’ll never be looking to take off and run like Griffin once did.

The Redskins certainly aren’t sitting pretty with a record of 2-1 yet it almost seems like they feel rejuvenated without having to force Griffin into the starter’s role in a place where he is not wanted.

They risked a ton to get him back in 2012, but they also knew he could get hurt. Why else would they take Cousins in the third round of the very same draft? They knew he would most likely have to come in and spell RGIII when he got hurt.

They just didn’t think that Cousins would be taking over so soon.

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Both an avid NFL fan and analyst, I’ve been following professional football since the late 1980s. I’m also an avid fantasy football player with several league victories under my belt. Check out my NFL articles on TSM for the latest NFL news, highlights, predictions, and more.

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