Two-time Super Bowl champion Rodney Harrison said on 670 The Score that he thought Washington Redskins quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins were treated differently when struggling because Griffin acted like a “flat-out jerk,” while Cousins was more professional.
Cousins was named the starting quarterback at the beginning of the season after Griffin sustained a concussion on Aug. 20, though Washington coach Jay Gruden said the decision was based on which player gave the team the best chance to win. Griffin was cleared to play in Week 1 against the Miami Dolphins, but Cousins started.
“First and foremost, we see every week that there’s a lot of bad quarterback play, so I think we’re used to that,” Harrison said this week. “What we don’t see is guys being jerks at the quarterback position. And Robert Griffin III was a jerk. He was a flat-out jerk. And when you look at Kirk Cousins, he comes and he says all the right things. And he’s trying, he’s fighting, his team is out there supporting him, he’s doing everything he can to win.”
The Redskins drafted both Griffin and Cousins in 2012, taking Griffin in the first round and Cousins in the fourth. Griffin won offensive rookie of the year in 2012, but his play regressed in subsequent seasons.
This season, Cousins has a completion percentage of 68.1%, with five touchdowns and six interceptions.
“I think we respect guys that work hard and try to do the right thing and stay humble,” Harrison added. “Robert Griffin didn’t do that, and he lost the respect of his teammates, as well as the guys in the media.”
The Redskins (2–3) play the New York Jets (3–1) in Week 6.