Darrell Green now has some company.
As the criticism of Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III continues to mount, another one of the team’s legendary figures has joined the chorus.
Former quarterback and Redskins Radio Network analyst Sonny Jurgensen said twice during the broadcast that Griffin should have been benched in favor of Kirk Cousins during Sunday’s loss to the Eagles.
“Why not play Cousins?” Jurgensen said during the third quarter, via Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post.
When his partner Larry Michael described the next play and asked if he was ready to “pull the plug,” Jurgensen continued.
“It’s not pulling the plug, it’s getting a change,” Jurgensen said. “Make a change. Can it be any worse? You get four yards passing in a half? I would look at the other quarterback, see if he can make something happen. It’s not the end of the world. They take out pitchers, don’t they?”
When former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley concurred, Jurgensen went onto say: “Having a bad game. The curveball’s not breaking.”
Jurgensen also advocated on the air for Cousins, and seemed surprised that the move wasn’t made.
The criticism was valid, since Griffin had a grand total of four (4!) net passing yards in the first half.
And while he played better in the late stages, it has become clear that last year’s rookie darling has some work to do to convince his elders of his status as the face of the franchise.