Washington QB RGIII and his wife Rebecca Liddicoat should certainly be glad that they don’t have to start packing up to move this year.
Washington head coach Jay Gruden announced on Wednesday that they would open up training camp with QB Robert Griffin III as the team’s starter.
At a press conference at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, Gruden was asked about the status of RGIII and backup QB Kirk Cousins – both of whom struggled in their third seasons with the team. In a bit of surprise announcement, Gruden gave a blunt answer.
“We’ll obviously go into season with Robert as our No. 1 guy,” Gruden said.
Griffin missed six weeks of playing time in 2014 due to an injured ankle and the reins were given to Cousins, who played well at first but later struggled mightily before being benched in favor of 3rd string QB Colt McCoy. When Griffin returned to action he struggled to play effectively and was benched after a terrible Week 12 outing against the San Francisco 49ers. He would go on to finish with just 4 passing TDs and a 2-5 record.
Washington would go on to finish the season 4-12, earning the No. 5 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft – their first year with a 1st-round pick since trading up to take Griffin No. 2 overall in 2012.
There was speculation that Washington might try to trade Griffin and recoup some of their losses, but Gruden’s statement makes it clear that they are going to give RGIII one last chance to get back into his 2012 form.