Robert Griffin III Will Be Washington’s Starter Upon Return

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 | 0

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It’s already been an extremely trying season for the Washington Redskins this year, as the team has faltered in the face of an unwanted quarterback controversy after starter Robert Griffin went down with a dislocated ankle in Week 2.

Backup Kirk Cousins stepped into the role and was immediately praised for his high-output efforts against Jacksonville and Philadelphia, and speculation ran rampant that he was indeed the better man for the job. First-year head coach Jay Gruden fueled that fire by saying it wasn’t out of the realm of possibilities that Cousins remained the starter even when RGII returned.

But then came Cousins’ recent efforts, including a four-interception second half against the New York Giants on Thursday Night Football. The turnovers and the fact that Cousins has failed to lead the Redskins to a win in any of his starts has fans in Washington clamoring for third stringer Colt McCoy to play.

According to the Washington Post’s Mike Jones, it has also lead Gruden to declare that Griffin, who will return to individual drills this week, is undoubtedly the team’s starter:

Despite RGIII’s perceived improvement, the team has no exact timetable for his return, as Gruden noted it could be in one week or as many as five weeks. And although Griffin has looked highly erratic ever since tearing his ACL in that fateful playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks two years ago, he’s probably a much better option than the interception (and losing)-prone Cousins.

Griffin’s return is most likely a couple of weeks off, and he’s potentially rumored for a return during Washington’s October 27 Monday Night Football showdown with division rival Dallas. But it’s far from set in stone, as Griffin’s body has seemingly been falling apart after a stellar rookie year.

Many believed his time in Washington was over with the injury, but that was before they realized exactly what kind of player Cousins was. Is there any chance of Washington turning around their dismal season?

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