The RG3-era in Washington is almost over as he has now been benched for the second season in a row.
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Washington QB Robert Griffin III has been benched by head coach Jay Gruden, and the team will turn to backup QB Colt McCoy for the rest of the season.
After two straight games where he struggled in winnable games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Francisco 49ers that ultimately led to losses, Washington is now 3-8 on the season and on the brink of mathematical elimination. Even though Gruden told the media that Griffin would remain the starter, on Tuesday he clearly felt that it was time for a change.
Before the 2012 NFL draft, Washington gave up two extra first-round picks and a second-round pick to St. Louis to move up four spots and take Griffin No. 2 overall. It was one of the most expensive trades in NFL history, for the right to draft the Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor with the cannon arm and world-class speed. And Griffin rewarded Washington with an Offensive Rookie of the Year performance and their first NFC East division title since 1999.
But the following season Griffin went 3-10 as a starter and head coach Mike Shanahan was fired. Gruden took over with the intention of using his skills at developing QBs to help Griffin get back on track – but it clearly has not worked out.