Last week, when Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III tweeted a vow to silence the ever-present “doubters,” there really weren’t many.
Now, suddenly, they’re everywhere.
The notion that backup Kirk Cousins could be the better option than Griffin suddenly has caught fire, fueled in large part by the decision of one of the more loyal employees of the organization, Joe Theismann, to muse that Cousins would win a quarterback competition, if the team saw fit to actually have one.
“You can’t worry about what doubters or what anybody on the outside says,” Griffin said Monday without specifically addressing Theismann’s remarks, via Tarik El-Bashir of CSNWashington.com. “Everybody in this locker room is all we got and it’s all we need. So what anybody says outside of [the locker room] doesn’t matter to us, doesn’t affect us, doesn’t affect us, doesn’t affect our approach to the game, doesn’t affect us out on the practice field or the game field. . . . We’re the ones who have to go play. So you just block all that stuff out and move forward.”
Moving forward includes looking backward, at a sluggish performance during the third preseason game of the 2014 season.
“I think as an offense we put together a bad game,” Griffin said. “And they go as I go, so I have to play better. But I thought we did a good job the first two preseason games. We’ll move forward … ready to play offense at a high level.”
Moving forward also may include playing in the preseason finale, with the starting defense getting the night off. Via Dianna Marie Russini of NBC 4 in D.C., the starting offense may play a few series on Thursday night. The starting defense won’t.
Unless Griffin and the offense play a lot better come Week One, the external chatter won’t stop regarding Cousins vs. Griffin. If anything, it will get louder. Unless an until Washington trades Cousins.
But Cousins remains on the team. So cast a ballot below as to which guy should get the starting nod.