Washington QB Robert Griffin III has struggled in the preseason while backup Kirk Cousins has thrived, leading some to believe the team would be better off with a QB change.
Despite the struggles of starting QB Robert Griffin III, Washington head coach Jay Gruden denies that there is any QB controversy between Griffin and third-year backup Kirk Cousins.
Griffin has struggled in the preseason to make plays with his legs and with his accuracy, leading many pundits to suggest that the former Pro Bowler and 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year would lose in a QB competition with Cousins if the team was having one.
Gruden denied that there was any QB controversy on Saturday, explaining, “I feel good about the starters we have.”
Former Washington Superbowl champion QB Joe Theismann, now an NFL analyst, stated that he thins Cousins would have won a QB competition.
“Now, if there was a quarterback competition, it wouldn’t be a competition,” Theismann opined, via The Washington Post. “Kirk Cousins would be the man I believe (coach Jay Gruden) would have to go to, because of the efficiency with which he has run (the offense).”
Robert Griffin III struggled as an NFL sophomore in 2013 after leading the team to the playoffs the year before. He went 3-10 as a starter and his accuracy dropped from 65.6% as a rookie in 2012 to just 60.1% in 2013. The team finished 3-13 and head coach Mike Shanahan along with OC Kyle Shanahan were both fired.