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On CSN SportsNet's telecast of the Redskins' 23-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, former Washington great Joe Theismann didn't mince words when discussing the state of Washington's quarterback position, per Dan Steinberg of The Washington Post:
Let’s stop beating around the bush. Kirk Cousins has played much better at the quarterback position than Robert Griffin III has. Now, Robert is learning to work out of a pocket. He doesn’t look as smooth or as comfortable throwing the football. I mean, your eyes will tell you everything you need to know.
It’s going to be a decision that Jay Gruden is going to have to make. Right now, Robert Griffin III is his quarterback. Now, if there was a quarterback competition, it wouldn’t be a competition. Kirk Cousins would be the man I believe he would have to go to, because of the efficiency with which he has run [the offense]. Now Kirk, like I said, is basically a drop-back quarterback. I see Andy Dalton in Cincinnati, I see Kirk Cousins that way.
Although head coach Jay Gruden firmly committed to Robert Griffin III as his starter in a postgame press conference (h/t JP Finlay of CSN.Washington.com), speculation over who should start will brew every time Griffin struggles.
Worsening matters, it was just a week ago that Bleacher Report's Matt Miller reported RG3 was "alienating" himself from the locker room.
While his teammates will likely back Griffin publicly for the time being, in light of Miller's revelation, you have to wonder if they will stand behind him when real games are at stake.
In a wide-open NFC East, how patient will they be with Griffin?
Kirk Cousins supporters will point to his play in the preseason, but he can't win this job. Griffin has to lose it. Consumed with proving his detractors wrong and showing he's a pocket passer, Griffin is doing a good job at just that.
Even with that said, the only plausible scenario in which Cousins replaces him is if he's injured—have you seen Griffin slide?
While he surely wants to exceed the expectations bestowed upon him, for the moment, the only thing Griffin should be trying to exceed is his Week 1 opponent, the Houston Texans. Not Kirk Cousins.