Kirk Cousins has gone from potential long-term replacement for RG3 to a possible benching for poor performance.
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Washington QB Kirk Cousins played so well in his first two games this season that coach Jay Gruden was open to the possibility of Cousins keeping the starting job even after Robert Griffin III recovers from his ankle injury at the tail-end of the season. But Cousins has played so badly since then that there’s talk in Washington of benching him for third-stringer Colt McCoy.
Washington commentator Brian Mitchell said on Comcast SportsNet’s post-game show that benching Cousins would make a lot of sense right now.
“I think we have to hold Kirk to the same standard we held Robert to. And if Kirk Cousins can’t get the job done, then there’s another quarterback sitting there,” Mitchell said, via Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. “Colt McCoy is the next guyout there. I don’t see what the problem would be.
Washington has lost four straight games, and Cousins’ three-interception fourth quarter – which included a game-sealing pick-6 – ended any chance the team had of beating the Cardinals. Cousins now has two different three-interception quarters this season; Griffin has never thrown three interceptions in a game.