Kirk Cousins is indeed the Week One starter

AP

If the goal for the Washington football organization is to confuse anyone and everyone possible, mission accomplished.

There’s currently one less area of confusion. Per multiple sources, and confirming multiple reports, quarterback Kirk Cousins will start in Week One against Miami.

“He’s the head coach and it’s his call,” one source said. “All are on board with the process and support the coach.”

That’s consistent with our report from last night that there’s no schism between the coaching staff/front office and owner Daniel Snyder. The owner is letting the football people manage the football team, with G.M. Scot McCloughan deciding who is on the roster and coach Jay Gruden deciding who plays and who doesn’t.

Griffin remains cleared to practice but not play. The goal as of last night was to give Griffin until next week to re-take the concussion test, in the hopes that he’ll pass it. Gruden apparently wasn’t comfortable proceeding under the assumption that Griffin will be cleared in time for the game. That approach would have set the stage for another potential Griffin-is-cleared-no-he’s-not episode.

The fact that Cousins is getting the start may not be cause for celebrating and/or fantasy-football squatter’s rights. He showed promise against the Jaguars and Eagles last year before a Thursday night four-pick disaster against the Giants and an eventual benching for Colt McCoy.

Perhaps the goal this year is to throw Cousins to the wolves in Week One and Week Two (Dolphins and Rams) before putting Griffin on the field against the Giants, whose defense isn’t what it used to be.

Also, by then there’s a good chance fans will actually be clamoring for Griffin. Or maybe McCoy. Again.

83 responses to “Kirk Cousins is indeed the Week One starter

  1. Good call. Griffin would have been demolished by the Dolphins defensive line which has been wreaking havok all preseason.

    He may wind up playing by the second quarter regardless once Cousins gets smacked around a few times.

  2. I would rather see Colt. Cousins didn’t look like an NFL starter last year. I actually think it makes sense to play Griffin early, let him succeed or fail, & then move on if necessary.. That might make it easier to cauterize the wound. This just keeps it oozing.

  3. Kirk Cousins is good in the sense that he can win 8-9 games. Robert Griffin is Superior in that he won Rookie of the Year, is the flagship player and commercials garnering, SUPERSTAR who will win Superbowls. He will be back. Just a brief restbyte. #HTTR

  4. please, stop the drama!!
    By wasting the entire offseason of preparation with Griffin as #1, now Cousins is less prepared than he could have been, for sure.
    End it already and just name Cousins the starter for the whole season, and announce that Griffin is the 3rd stringer. Otherwise you cannot move forward.
    #STOPTHEDRAMA

  5. This entire thing is just crazy to me.

    RGIII showed he had the capacity to play at this level his rookie year. But it just seems that mentally he isn’t able to deal with being a starting nfl qb. And I don’t mean the mental aspect of the game, I am talking about off the field.

    He just seems too thin skinned. And he doesn’t seem to ever keep anything in house, it is always tweets and things directed at people, to vaguely read between the lines. that kind of stuff.

    Just focus on yourself RGIII. Don’t play politics in the press. Learn your position. Make plays. And that will earn the respect of your team mates, and it will all fall into place. I believe his time in Washington is over because it simply has to be, but I don’t think that will be the end of RGIII. Hopefully he learns the lessons and becomes a better person. So far he doesn’t seem to learn the lesson, he just gets all butt hurt when people aren’t kissing his ass…

  6. RG peaked too soon, 2012 was the worst thing that happened to RG. because everybody thinks he can do what he did in 2012 again.
    I feel the team has just had enough, and its over.
    I do feel cousins is a better option. time will tell.

  7. The miracle is that RGIII lasted so long at starter. You knew his career was over when the Redskins called his name on draft day.

  8. If anyone can get the team back on track and has the personality strong enough to fend off an incompetent and meddlesome owner, it’s Scot McCloughan.

  9. I wonder if RG3 would have turned into a better player if he was drafted by a better franchise. Fans shouldn’t get too excited about Cousins, he hasn’t shown much outside his rookie year – just like RGme. While RG3 gets the consideration due to draft position (and what they gave up), keep in mind that Cousins hasn’t shown enough to beat him out when both are healthy.

  10. Rob plays all 16 games:
    Skins go 3-13

    Kirk/Colt play all 16 games:
    Skins go 5-11

    Not much of an improvement.

    Still love my team though. Not a fairweather fan

  11. Enough with the Kirk Cousins experiment already! The dude is a backup at best! McCoy is better for crying out loud!

  12. nightflyer2012 says:

    So they have Kirk, and McCoy, now all they need is Spock.

    —————————————————————-

    Don’t forget Scotty in the engine room.

    “They’re gonna blow, Captain.”

    Take her down to Warp Zero, Mr Sulu.

  13. There’s a difference between Cousins being named the starter, and Cousins playing be RGIII is injured…

  14. The media creates the drama. I can imagine how difficult it would be to run an organization when you constantly have the media making up stories and putting “quarterback controversy” in your face. It would be nice if we didn’t have 24 hour cable news, twitter, Facebook, and the like where people make up the news instead of report the news. I’m sick of hearing commentary about stuff. Report the news and let me draw my own assumptions.

  15. This decision may be cloaked behind the excuse that Gruden is worried about RGIII not being cleared to play or that they are somehow protecting him by not putting him out there against the Dolphins or Rams. But it seems pretty clear to me that like Shanahan before him, Gruden has come to the realization that Griffin is a dead end as a prospect and is trying to put distance between him and starting QB job as quickly as possible.

    If anything, Gruden is starting Cousins against those tough defenses to protect Colt McCoy, who clearly been the best of the three Redskin Potato Qbs.

  16. It doesn’t matter who you put back there if the O-line continues to be a mess. With Miami and St.Louis in the first 2 weeks Gruden might need to dial up 3 step drop plays or Cousins is a dead man.

  17. Griffin was Dan Snyder’s draft pick. Don’t believe for one second that he is not back as the starter as soon as he is cleared to play.

    Saving Dan Snyder’s ego is more important than making the correct football decisions.

    Train wreck.

  18. There is a dysfunction in the Redskins organization. How many teams have rotated the most important position on the field and had success? None that I can remember. It sounds like Cousins will start week one because the organization doesn’t know if Griffin will be ready? If he is ready, does he start? Who starts week 2? I am glad I am not a Redskins fan. Every year they are the butt of the joke in the NFL.

  19. logicalvoicepft says:
    Aug 31, 2015 10:57 AM

    RG3 took a “brief” rest? He hasnt done a thing since his rookie year. Come contract time he will struggle to make $2 mil/yr. No one wants this loser, the redskins are stuck with him. Thats the only reason he has a job.

  20. Thank you for just being you, Washington!

    Sincerely,
    Dallas, New York & Philadelphia

  21. So, tell me again how badly the Browns screwed up by not spending three first round draft picks on RGKnee?

  22. McCoy and Cousins, neither appear to be the answer. Prolly just stopgap, lower cost, until they can get their own QB ( Scot and Gruden that is) Rg3 was forced on them and I am not sure if Scot was here he would have taken RG3 in the draft.

    Anyhow, they do owe it to Cousins to play him, and go with him for the season. I swear I though that was the plan for Rg3, play him this season ad see what you have. I really did not think it would be over this quick.

    Here somrthing to think about; as if the Redskinns havnt had enough QB controversy they will start the McCoy Cousins controversy right after the Miami game.

  23. “So they have Kirk, and McCoy, now all they need is Spock.”

    Please beam me up, Scoty (McCloughan)

  24. rg3 is a selfish player..he tries to come across as this self anointed savior..who the throws people under the bus..because he cant read a D or make proper line shifts..wish cousins well..good luck

  25. Cousins is average… I’m a Skins fan and you’ll see… he’s not that good. He’s an interception machine. RG should be starting.

  26. The question is how fast does Gruden go to McCoy who is his favorite. He doesn’t like Cousins either people seem to conveniently forget, and when he fails, and he will again because he’s not that good, that will be the real story.

  27. I think that maybe Griffin would still be a starter if he had gone to the Bill Bellichick school of press conferences & being a good team mate before his rookie year. Some of his problems are physical & some are mental, but attitude seems to be killing him in his assessment of himself & the corresponding response from his teammates.

  28. Say what you want the REDSKINS are rebuilding so this is what happens you lose alot of games pick high in the draft see what players on the roster will stay or go. I can and will name some teams who wish they could be like the REDSKINS and they are :
    1. The Jets
    2. The Bills
    3. The Browns
    4. The Bears
    5. The Jags
    6. The Titians
    7. The Raiders
    8. The 49ers
    9. The Rams

  29. I do wonder what the whole team name outrage would look like if the team had done well the last few seasons.

    I think if the redskins had been a playoff team, the fanbase would have shut that down in a hurry.

  30. I’m a bit surprised that Snyder allowed Griffin’s benching because that is essentially admitting the horrible mistake he made in giving up a huge ransom to acquire him. But I guess Danny got tired of the terrible ridicule he was getting owing to his previous stubbornness on this issue.

  31. The NFL has such a problem with this now. The MEDIA and FANS make such a hype of the DRAFT. Then some kid gets fed to the wolves.

    On the Sideline is EXACTLY where Griffin should be at this point! If this kid is EVER going to make it in the NFL he needs to be out of the lime light, learning the NFL. Period.

    Unfortunately a bunch of knuckleheads bought $160 shirts on the day he was drafted and insist that he play NOW. The owners want him to play because they are selling shirts. Let’s face it, this team prolly makes more in concession sales then it does its on field success.

    How many BUST QBs have we seen in the last 10-years? Most of those are because they go to crap teams and are played day1!

  32. Best possible decision.

    Imagine how good they would be if they just let Shanny draft that year and Cousins was a 3 year starter now with the other talent around him the ransom they payed for RGIII prevented.

    Shanahan is an amazing coach, the Redskins should have let him do his job his way, they would be winning more games than losing now if they had.

  33. If he had 1500 minimum passes, RGIII’s career rating of 90.6 would put him at #12 all time, behind Matt Ryan.

    Ponder that.

    Superior to current QBs Luck, Dalton, Newton, Flacco, Cutler, Stafford, Tanneyhill, and Eli.

    The Skins won’t release RGIII. Cousins is not a good QB, and you need two QBs anyway.

    People who say RGIII is a “bust” simply do not know football. He is in a bad system for his skills, on a team that is, year in and year out, mediocre. And his second year head coach, who is most famous for having made a mediocre pro out of a decent college QB in Dalton, does not want RGIII for his unproven system, which has not won anything anywhere.

    Cutting RGIII would be great for RGIII, but bad for the Skins. And no one will trade much for him, because the Skins have trashed him in public. So it won’t happen.

  34. Oh and watching Miami’s 2nd and 3rd team Dline is like watching pittbulls attack kittens. I can only imagine what they will do to the pathetic Redskins. Its going to be very very ugly. I am predicting 6 to 10 sack totals. They had 7 or 8 the other night and most was the backups.

  35. If he had 1500 minimum passes, RGIII’s career rating of 90.6 would put him at #12 all time, behind Matt Ryan.

    Ponder that.

    Superior to current QBs Luck, Dalton, Newton, Flacco, Cutler, Stafford, Tanneyhill, and Eli.

    The Skins won’t release RGIII. Cousins is not a good QB, and you need two QBs anyway.

    People who say RGIII is a “bust” simply do not know football. He is in a bad system for his skills, on a team that is, year in and year out, mediocre. And his second year head coach, who is most famous for having made a mediocre pro out of a decent college QB in Dalton, does not want RGIII for his unproven system, which has not won anything anywhere.

    Cutting RGIII would be great for RGIII, but bad for the Skins. And no one will trade much for him, because the Skins have trashed him in public. So it won’t happen
    ………………………………………………………………..

    IF he had 1500 attempts.. lol. Yea he is hurt all the time. Heard a stat that Robert is sacked 1 out of 10 snaps. Cousins on the other hand is sacked 1 out of every 26. Maybe its the system but I think as well as many others that Robert has issues upstairs. I wish he would leave the Skins too just to see what happens. They will have to release him or pay him 16 plus million next year. That would be insane. Shannahan wanted Tannehill but Snyder wanted Robert. Meanwhile Tannehill is improving every year even though he is behind the worse line in the league.. Was sacked the most of all qbs the past 2 years yet he throws for over 4k yards and his INTs to TD ration improves yearly. Ryan is a good QB and Robert is bad. That is the fact and I know my football.

  36. So the irony if Colt McCoy starts for the Redskins would be to try and figure out how many native americans were killed by Colt firearms in the old west? Seems an odd marriage if McCoy ultimately ends up with the job. Plus he is just one goofy, dorky looking dude.

  37. “Cousins is average… I’m a Skins fan and you’ll see… he’s not that good. He’s an interception machine. RG should be starting”.

    As a Dolphins Fans, what a nice start to the season. Thanks Gruden!

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