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A lot of people scratched their heads when the Washington Redskins used two of their first three picks in the 2012 NFL draft on quarterbacks. Having finished last place in the NFC East for four years in a row, it seemed like Washington could have found more pressing needs to address after selecting Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin, III with the expensive second overall pick. But, in the third round, the Skins went their own way and drafted a second quarterback: Kirk Cousins out of Michigan State, a raw prospect from a pro-style offense. Ever since his selection, Redskins fans and media personnel alike have been speculating about a Kirk Cousins trade. Obviously, it has never come to fruition.
It looked in the beginning as if Washington would never need Cousins’ services, but a shoddy piece of turf at FedEx Field eliminated that notion forever.
Ever since injuring his knee in a playoff loss against Seattle at the end of his illustrious rookie season, Robert Griffin III has never looked the same. Truthfully, the former rookie sensation has not looked healthy or confident.
The 2014 season brought with it a healthier RGIII, but also a new offense that, from the start, did not seem to play to Griffin’s athletic strengths. New coach Jay Gruden’s offensive style emphasizes pocket passing, three-wide sets, and not so much of a hint of the spread-option that made Griffin famous at Baylor University. Even before dislocating his ankle against Jacksonville in the second game of the season, some people were questioning Griffin’s future in DC.
Kirk Cousins entered the Jacksonville game in the second quarter, and proceeded to tear up opposing defenses for the next seven quarters, including a terrific 400-yard showcase against the Philadelphia Eagles in week three. Before Washington’s Thursday night primetime matchup with the Giants, the prevailing wisdom seemed to believe that RGIII had started—if not played—his last game as a Redskin. For better or worse, however, Cousins fell flat on the big stage, and turned the ball over five times in a 45-14 blowout loss.
Still, Cousins still has the Washington offense all to himself for the next few months; Griffin is not entirely out of the picture yet.
Griffin has shown the world that he is capable of unimaginable feats of athleticism when he is healthy and confident; it is regaining his health and confidence that seems to be the tricky part for him.
One has to believe that the poor play of 2013 and the mounting injuries have put RGIII’s future with Washington in serious doubt, not to mention the likelihood that Griffin is a poor fit for Gruden’s offense. The killing blow will be if Cousins plays well while Griffin mends. Cousins’ poor showing against the Giants is a tough blow to his own campaign for starting duties, but he will have opportunities a plenty in the coming months to show he has what it takes to lead the Redskins, and if not the Redskins, perhaps another team. It is not only his own future that hangs in the balance.