Some Washington Redskins Fans Want to Start Kirk Cousins over Robert Griffin III

Dan CarsonTrending Lead WriterSeptember 16, 2013


Washington Redskins beat reporter Mike Jones reports that head coach Mike Shanahan said he is NOT considering benching Robert Griffin III for Kirk Cousins.

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Washington Redskins fans appreciate everything Robert Griffin III has done for the franchise, but some of them are ready to make Kirk Cousins man under center.

After starting the 2013-14 season 0-2, a faction of Redskins fans want to call it quits on Griffin. This reality came to light after Washington’s 38-20 throttling at the hands of the Green Bay Packers Sunday, when fans flooded Comcast SportsNet's postgame show with texts calling for change.

Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post picked up on the shift in opinion after waves of viewers bombarded the postgame program with text messages wishing to see Griffin benched in favor of backup quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Viewer texts suggested that Griffin looked scared or unprepared against the Packers, and the show’s host, Chick Hernandez, eventually brought up the topic for discussion.

“I’m gonna put the question out there: Why not stick [Cousins] out there, who is healthy?” Hernandez asked. “It’s apparent from listening to you guys and watching that game: Robert Griffin III is not the same guy, yet.” 

It’s a sentiment that appears to be catching on, as former Indianapolis Colts coach-turned-NBC analyst Tony Dungy reportedly made similar comments on The Dan Patrick Show Monday morning.

Is starting Cousins the right call at this point in the season? Does Griffin need more time to heal and regain confidence? Or is this all impatience born out of high expectations? 

It’s hard to say, but Redskins fans expected more. Griffin entered this year with an elephant leaning on his shoulders, as he was working his way back from an ACL injury. The former Baylor star gave the Redskins fanbase a taste of glory during his rookie season, and now that they’ve had it, they’re searching for more.


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