Robert Griffin III, who was supplanted by Kirk Cousins, thinks Cousins will be supplanted by Kellen Mond

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Robert Griffin III knows a thing or two about being supplanted by another quarterback. He now thinks the fourth-round quarterback who supplanted him in Washington will be supplanted by a 2021 third-round pick.

Griffin said during a Friday night BleacherReport.com draft show that Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins could end up losing his starting job to rookie Kellen Mond.

“Yeah, I can tell you that No. 8 in Minnesota is not real happy right now,” Griffin said, via NFL.com. “Because Kellen Mond represents exactly what he doesn’t do well. Kellen Mond is the big, physical quarterback. He can run it, throw it all over the field, and I don’t think that’s something that No. 8 is able to do in Cousins in Minnesota. But, I think that’s what the coaching staff and administration is looking for.

“As you’ve seen, Cousins has been collecting checks there in Minnesota for a long time, taking them to 8-8, 9-7 seasons. If he has a bad start to the year like he did last year, I could see the fans and maybe the organization leaning toward Mond if he comes in and impresses.”

Griffin was Washington’s second overall pick in 2012, a player for whom they game up three first-round picks and a second-round pick. Cousins arrived as a fourth-round flier. By 2015, Cousins was the starter.

Even if Griffin’s assessment is influenced in whole or in part by bitterness, he has a point. Cousins can run the play that’s called, and he struggles with the play that isn’t called. The so-called off-schedule play is something Cousins can’t consistently make. Mond potentially can.

Mond has a long way to go to become a starter in the NFL, with Minnesota or anyone else. The selection shows that the Vikings realize that, but for Tom Brady, the best quarterbacks in the NFL have the mobility to make things happen when the play goes sideways. If Mond develops, Minnesota will be one of the teams with a guy like that.

38 responses to “Robert Griffin III, who was supplanted by Kirk Cousins, thinks Cousins will be supplanted by Kellen Mond

  1. You can just sense the bitterness reading RG3’s comments on Kirk Cousins. Hell hath no fury like a former 1st round bust of a QB scorned.

  2. Although I can’t stand RGIII and never thought he was any good, and it sounds bitter, he is 100% accurate. I have never understood how Cousins got so many chances and so much money. He is about the same level of QB as he was his first start. No growth and not very good to begin with.

  3. RG3 – although he didn’t have the career many thought or expected, was not a classic “bust”. He had his great rookie year, and managed to stick around as a serviceable #2 for 8+ years. Huge disappointment, yes. Bust. Not exactly.

  4. The NFL is all about competition. If RG3 would have taken that philosophy instead of acting like he was entitled he may still be in the league today.

  5. Bob needs to focus on his true calling which is starring as Kel Mitchell in a sequel to the movie Good Burger. We all want to see Bob succeed and thrive in his natural environment as a fast food employee on the big screen. There couldn’t be a more perfect fit.

  6. Robert Griffin was an amazing athlete.
    A first round pick.
    QB job was handed to him.
    Needs work now.

    Kirk Cousins is an average professional athlete.
    A fourth round pick.
    Earned his job.
    Working the system to CASH IN.

    Conclusion:
    Robert Griffin better QB
    Kirk Cousins better businessman

  7. I don’t understand the dislike of Cousins. He’s a top 10 QB in accuracy, TDs, and TD/Int. He’s no Mahomes, but his 2020 stats were similar to Russell Wilson and better than Tom Brady.

    Cousins isn’t the reason that the Vikings don’t go deep into the playoffs.

  8. Cousins has been an above average statistical QB with an exactly average W/L record his entire career. Keenum brought the vikes 11 wins before cousins got there. Cousins is a solid, average QB making way above average money…which makes him a target for criticism. I like him and am glad my team didn’t pay him $30M per year.

  9. So RG3 thinks he knows how Cousins feels? It appears Griffin is confused, I think. He’s looking at this from how he would feel. Cousins is a professional, and all grown up. If anything he probably thinks he better continue to be professional and not have those down games. It could light a fire in him. I hope so

  10. GRIII is salty enough to brine every turkey this Thanksgiving.

    Cousins isn’t perfect, but he started on a bipolar team and has spent the last 3 years behind a terrible o-line and dealing with a declining defense. RGIII has been healing and trying to find backup gigs while Kirk has been starting and, yeah, playing the NFL pay game better than most.

    Contract aside, if his o-line is even average this season, he should be good for maybe 5000 yards and over 40 TDs. The newbie can sit and learn for awhile, which is a GOOD thing.

  11. No one wants to point out the obvious as to why Cousins got paid for mediocrity but RGIII did not get paid for mediocrity. Garappolo, Tannehill, Wentz, Goff, all got paid like nothing. Prescott had to beg for his payday. What could possibly account for the difference in treatment?

  12. At this point, most people know what both Cousins and RG3 are. Cousins is an above average QB who, if provided with a good OL and at least an average running game, can deliver. He is not one who can take over a game when things go wrong, which it has in Vike Country these few years. RB3 reads NFL defenses as about as well as most rookies, even after all these years. Cousins may never get franchise money again after his contract runs out, but he will find a starting job somewhere. RG3 will be a career backup/short term starter, as long as his legs hold out because after all these years, he still can’t read NFL defenses fast enough. When a team gives up 3 1st round picks and a 3rd rounder for a player who wound up like RB3, he’s a BUST. Cousins was a third rounder who out performed his cost. The Vikes may have paid him too much, but he isn’t the reason for their sorry state. In short, Cousins>RG3, by a long shot.

  13. I like the way now especially at QB any guy taken is going to become a starter and in this case push out a long time starter. But he mentions that Mond can do things Cousins can’t. Well Cousins could do things the RG3 couldn’t do either like pass the ball and stay healthy.

  14. RG3 was and always will be a little punk who thinks way too highly of himself. Cousisns on the other hand is a true pro and never whine about anything.

  15. cousins, much like dakota, pads his stats in garbage time. end of story.

  16. The typical Viking fan progression. First it was the great Tyler Heinecke. Then Kyle Sloter was going to be a diamond in the rough. Now it’s Kellen Mond. Who will it be a couple of years from now?

  17. I heard that Cousins is so upset by the Vikings drafting a possible replacement that he’s demanding a trade, a contract extension, and the GM be fired, or else he’s going to retire and host Wheel of Fortune.

  18. Mond may do well what Cousins doesn’t do well, but so did RGIII, and we all saw how that story ends.

  19. The Vikings will never win a title until they realize that Cousins isn’t their problem.

  20. Interesting take on Mond’s “off schedule” play prowess. The fact is at A&M Mond often got into trouble on “off schedule” plays. When Jimbo Fisher got there he coached Mond to become more of a Cousins like pocket passer to cut down on his turnovers. Mond had his best collegiate season once that sunk in. Mond is a good runner, but when he’s in that mode he turns the ball over too much.

  21. Griffin isn’t saying anything that 50,000 others aren’t saying. He knows Cousins better than most of us. It’s pretty obvious he’s just about dead on with assessment of the situation in Minnesota. It’s Minnesota’s problem. Cousins should be elated he’s been able to get rich as a mediocre NFL QB. But very few humans are capable of being mediocre NFL QB’s, so Cousins doesn’t have anything to apologize for. I’m not sure Mond is the answer, so Cousins should continue to collect a check. I keep hearing how the NFL is moving to more athletic QB’s, but they’ve been saying that for years. Meanwhile, Tom Brady continues to win super bowls. The ears can be deceiving. The eyes, not so much. If anything, the QB position is becoming more cerebral. Mahomes is a gifted athlete, but he’s a winner because he’s smart.

  22. bobsacamano2 says:
    May 1, 2021 at 1:09 pm
    Cousins has been an above average statistical QB with an exactly average W/L record his entire career. Keenum brought the vikes 11 wins before cousins got there. Cousins is a solid, average QB making way above average money…which makes him a target for criticism. I like him and am glad my team didn’t pay him $30M per year.

    ————————————————————————————

    Case Keenum had a Defense that only gave up a league leading 15.8 points per game.

  23. RG3 was always a complainer and is jealous of Cousins. Glad RG3 was a BUST

  24. Griffin knows firsthand and better than any of us why Cousins is not respected in the locker room. It’s gotta be his bland, vanilla, Casper Milquetoast personality. The guy appears to be as sharp as a bowling ball. His interviews consist of nothing but apple-polishing pap. Viking Fan never liked him upon arrival and had no choice but to talk him up. Now, he’s even put all of them to sleep.

    He’s got a good agent though.

  25. Cousins will handle the situation with class, cause that’s what World Class organizations do. Very much unlike the QB situation to our East…


  26. Brian Grayson says:
    May 1, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    No one wants to point out the obvious as to why Cousins got paid for mediocrity but RGIII did not get paid for mediocrity. Garappolo, Tannehill, Wentz, Goff, all got paid like nothing. Prescott had to beg for his payday. What could possibly account for the difference in treatment?” ====== One thing your race baiting attempt failed to mention is that none of those QB’s were holding out to be the highest paid QB in the league. If Dak had asked for what they commanded (and most of them have better career results), he would have had no problems getting a new contract.

    Yes, I have hatred in my heart…but it’s not for people’s race. It’s for people like you that want to stir and pot and divide people.

  27. Excuse me…WHO has been collecting paychecks, what a bitter little boy. We know this for sure, Cousins is better than you Robert.

  28. ” I have never understood how Cousins got so many chances and so much money. He is about the same level of QB as he was his first start. No growth and not very good to begin with.”

    He’s been an above average quarterback in the NFL for a long time. That will get you paid. He just came off a season where he threw for 4,300 yards and 35 touchdowns with a passer rating of 105. Its not his fault that the team was falling apart around him.

  29. radar8 says:
    May 1, 2021 at 12:56 pm
    I don’t understand the dislike of Cousins. He’s a top 10 QB in accuracy, TDs, and TD/Int. He’s no Mahomes, but his 2020 stats were similar to Russell Wilson and better than Tom Brady.

    Cousins isn’t the reason that the Vikings don’t go deep into the playoffs.

    172 12 Rate This

    – need to watch then. Cousins IS EXACTLY the reason they didn’t go deep in the playoffs.

    He can’t win big games. He’s a very solid qb. Puts up n big stats in blowouts and meaningless games. Has a huge game here or there.

    Does not make the big plays in clutch enough to win big games. Hence Rodgers is clutch, hell, Tebow was clutch.

    If he had Tebows feel for the moment. We would have an elite qb. Cousins is very good. Every o line regressed with him at qb. Which is telling.

  30. RG3 has always been a talker instead of a doer. More of the same here.

  31. Brady ran a 5:28 40 yard dash and was a sixth round draft pick and an inferior athlete compared to RGIII. When will all the dumb asses in the NFL realize that playing QB in not about being an athlete. Brady has brains accuracy leadership poise under pressure. Is the same reason Jones will be better then Fields or Lance.

    RGIII could run but that is about it. Nothing between his ears nor leadership.

  32. Brady was a sixth round draft pick and ran a 5:28 40 and WON 7 SUPER BOWLS.
    Belichick was smart enough to see the leadership, poise under pressure, accuracy and hard working player. He sees all the same in Mac Jones.

    Mac Jones is not Brady but he will have better career than Fields and Lance.

  33. Kirk Cousins will have made $196 Million by the end of his current contract. Bob Griffin’s career earnings is $30 Million.

  34. As much as I like Kirk, the Vikings let Kyle Sloter go because he was a serious threat to take his job. He had a better offseason than all of the qbs and should have supplanted Mannion as “2, but again he could run the offense as well as Cousins which was his downfall.

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