Cousins will start the remaining three games of the regular season.
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is “extremely angry” with the decision to bench him for the rest of the season, according to NFL sources.
During an appearance on Thursday’s edition of “NFL Total Access Kickoff”, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport revealed that there are suggestions that Griffin hasn’t accepted the decision well at all.
Coach Mike Shanahan confirmed his decision earlier this week, and insisted that the choice was made in order to protect the franchise quarterback given that their playoff hopes had already ended.
RG III had endured a number of sacks in recent weeks, and given his disappointing performances so far this season after recovering from reconstructive knee surgery, Shanahan withdrew him in order to allow him a full off-season to prepare for next year.
However, there are new reports claiming that Shanahan made the decision in order to maintain credibility in the locker room as he continued to receive criticism for starting a struggling Griffin.
Kirk Cousins is expected to take his place in the starting line-up, but will return to being a back-up next season unless the Redskins receive a tempting trade offer in the upcoming months.
Meanwhile, there has also been confusion over Shanahan’s future at the franchise, with speculation suggesting that he may well be parting company with the Redskins in the summer.
Rapoport is confident that he will not resign given his financial benefits due next year, but with on-going disappointment on the field as well as friction off it, Washington may well be looking for a new coach for their star quarterback next year.