RG III will still be the starter next season ahead of Cousins.
Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has insisted that there should be no controversy over the decision to drop Robert Griffin III.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan revealed earlier this week that RG III would be dropped for the remaining three regular season games, with the franchise’s playoff hopes ended after a 3-10 run so far this season.
While some have argued that the young quarterback would have benefited from additional time on the field in order to find his feet after undergoing surgery on his knee earlier this year, coach Shanahan has opted to take him out of the firing line to protect him after suffering a number of sacks in recent weeks.
However, his offensive coordinator has now insisted that there should be no controversy made of this decision, as Kirk Cousins understands his role as back-up quarterback and will potentially be doing the same next season if he remains in the capital.
“It’s ridiculous to act like this is a quarterback competition,” Shanahan said, as reported by ESPN.
“Robert just had one of the best years as a rookie in NFL history. He didn’t have that this year. We didn’t do that again this year. To give up on him like that and say play someone else, that’s fun for people to talk about but that hasn’t entered my brain and it’s not a possibility or option.”
Griffin spent the past off-season in rehabilitation and his late start to training camp ultimately resulted in a disappointing year this season which has seen him fail to live up to his high standards set the previous campaign.
With coach Shanahan’s future uncertain in Washington, it remains to be seen whether or not he remains in charge to see the transition back to Griffin next season, but he has emphasised the fact that he is their franchise quarterback for years to come.