Posted on December 12, 2013 at 11:42 PM
The Washington Redskins made it clear they will be thrilled if quarterbackKirk Cousins plays well the final three games. They also made it clear nothing would change entering next season.
Robert Griffin III would be the starter. And Cousins would be a more proven backup -- or with another team. In other words, if you're looking for a potential quarterback controversy in the future, the coaches say to look elsewhere.
"It's ridiculous to act like this is a quarterback competition," Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said. "Robert just had one of the best years as a rookie in NFL history. He didn't have that this year. We didn't do that again this year. To give up on him like that and say play someone else, that's fun for people to talk about but that hasn't entered my brain and it's not a possibility or option."
Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said the team benched Griffin for the final three games to keep him healthy entering the offseason. Griffin spent this past offseason rehabbing his surgically repaired right knee and did not start practicing with the team until training camp. The coaches pointed to his lack of reps in the offseason as a reason for his growing pains this season.
Mike Shanahan's job security is tenuous at best, so their thoughts on the future might not matter. Still, for now, they're not worried what will happen if Cousins plays well. That's precisely the situation they want.