Posted December 05, 2013

Kirk Cousins: Don’t bench RGIII

NFC East, Washington Redskins
Kirk Cousins (right) believes the Redskins should stick with Robert Griffin III at QB.

Kirk Cousins (right) believes the Redskins should stick with Robert Griffin III at QB. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

An increasing number of Washington fans have been clamoring for Kirk Cousins to get his shot at quarterback over a struggling Robert Griffin III.

But Cousins himself says that’s the wrong move.

He told ESPN.com’s John Keim that Washington is making the right call to stick with Griffin, even if it means that Cousins has to ride the pine.

“Robert’s a young player, too, and he’s getting better,” Cousins told Keim. “It doesn’t happen overnight. To take him off the field so I can develop, then he’s not developing. It’s a much bigger deal for him to get the reps than for me because he’s the starting quarterback. It sounds nice when you say that but you have to see it from both angles.”

Cousins stepped in for an injured Griffin last year and helped the Redskins to an important road win at Cleveland. That performance alone led some to wonder if Washington might be able or willing to trade Cousins for a draft pick to a QB-needy team. But with Griffin’s health at least somewhat in question heading into 2013, the franchise opted to hold on to Cousins.

He picked up in the preseason where he left off in 2012, hitting on 6-of-7 passes for 52 yards and a touchdown against the Titans. He completed 2-of-3 attempts the next week against Pittsburgh before suffering a foot injury that shut him down for the remainder of the exhibition schedule.

Despite Griffin enduring a sophomore slump (and Washington plummeting to 3-9), Cousins has seen action just once: in mop-up duty during a 45-21 loss to Denver. He was 5-of-9 with two interceptions in that cameo appearance.

If Washington does have any plans to trade away its 2012 fourth-round pick, such a move could occur before the next draft. Because of their decision to go for broke and trade up for Griffin, Washington does not hold a first-round pick for the second consecutive season.

In trading Cousins, though, Washington would have to find another backup QB it trusts. And if Griffin cannot bounce back to his rookie-season form, Cousins may be able to push him in competition next offseason.

Until then, he’s relegated to the No. 2 role — and he’s fine with it.

“I believe if I’m good enough I’ll get that chance so I don’t need to force it to happen today or tomorrow,” Cousins told ESPN. “It may happen four or five years from now but if it happens it happens. I’ll be patient and wait and if I’m not good enough I’ll have to live with that.”

9 comments
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

Come on people Kirk is saying this for his own good....

Question... if RG3 was the real problem and a QB change would make this team better , do you think Kirk would have said what he did ... NOOOOOO !!!!   Kirk knows this team stinks and if he goes in now... he would lower his stock / value ... Right now everyone thinks Kirk is great some actually thinks he is better than RG3 based on a game against Cleveland a touchdown in the B-more game and a good preseason... Last year Kirk had 4tds and 3 picks... dont get it twisted the back up is always better when things are not going well... If the Skins want to keep Kirk's value at its highest do not play him the team is gatbage right now... guys have packed it in... The head coach quite last year when he said we are going to evalute talent... thats before the win streak..

and the plays they are calling for RG3  the Shannahans already have one foot out the door.. you dont run a Qb that has a leg and a half....

JohnnyDee1
JohnnyDee1

Kirk Cousins doesn't want to play because that O-Line will get him killed....

YemiThaBassMan
YemiThaBassMan

Mr. Griffin, you owe Mr. Cousins a steak dinner.

What a class act from a teammate. I wish this kind of stuff was breaking news.

mesteve8
mesteve8

Kirk Cousins: Saying the right things. Just keep Aaron Rodgers in the back of your mind. The best thing that can happen for you is to keep learning and practicing and when you do get your shot you will have developed the skills and tools tools necessary to keep that starting job.  


As for RGIII, Skins fans (which I am) are pretty delusional (I try not.) Maybe it's the way all fans of sports are these days.  This was not going to be a winning year for the Redskins. They are not the team that RGIII made them look like they were last year. With him hobbled its helped expose the weaknesses on the line and the in experience in the secondary was bound to be a major problem.  


Yes, AP came back from similar injury and nearly broke records, but Griffin was a rookie, and he is a kid. The psychological effect  to a young, mobile QB in the NFL has to be tremendous. Especially because RGIII came into Washington, a very difficult franchise,  with the whole "savior" persona (dropped on him by the organization and fans) Skins fans have to roll with the ups and down with the beginning of RGIII's career. They were already gifted with a winning season and playoff appearance last year when they had no business of doing so the year they drafted RGIII.


RGIII was so good last year he made most everyone believe the Redskins had a good team.  Skins fans calling for him to be benched? It's ridiculous. Why do you wish to destroy the confidence as he's slowly gaining it. Finally beginning to trust the leg. 


Healthy and a full TC will be the difference. RGIII will be a better QB next year, which will make Washington a better team, but they still have a lot of problems. Not the least of which is who is going to coach this team.


mike.russell
mike.russell

Michigan State players have had a lot of heart when their time came in the NFL and Kirk Cousins is keeping up that legacy.  They must be doing something right in East Lansing as far as character development and acting like adults.  I'd say it started with Bubba Smith but there probably were plenty from even farther back.    

Dumptruck
Dumptruck

@mesteve8 well written article, steve. and after seeing the disaster today (especially watching fans leave BEFORE the 4th quarter even started) it's apparent to everyone Shannahan needs to go, ALONG WITH that idiot GM of yours Bruce Allen- everyone EXCEPT Dan Snyder...

GeoffreyDiddles
GeoffreyDiddles

Yeah, Charles Rogers had a lot of heart.  Tony Mandarich- the biggest bust of all-time?  Yeah, he's a Sparty too.  Tony Banks had so much heart he couldn't be bothered to learn a playbook.  Why doesn't Jerrell Worthy make any plays?  Talented but no heart.  MSU is a disgrace to America, actually.

piizzadude
piizzadude

@GeoffreyDiddles every college team has failures.


Bell, Burress, Fields, Hoyer, Gholston, Ingram, Morrall, reese, rison, bubba smith, white, Duckett all have found sucess...some more than others.