Washington coach Jay Gruden prefers quarterback Kirk Cousins over Robert Griffin III. Griffin dislocated his left ankle against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Cousins led the team to a 41-10 victory on 22 of 33 passing with 250 yards and two touchdowns.
Wise writes that Gruden believes Cousins is better suited to the team's system than Griffin.
Let’s not sugarcoat the past two months: Gruden was having a hard time getting Griffin to grasp the principles of the drop-back passing system he was teaching. If Cousins and Griffin had come to camp as undrafted rookies, Cousins may have opened the season as the starter.
Again, according to the person with knowledge of Gruden’s thinking, he actually believed Cousins could succeed in the system better than Griffin but also acutely understood it was going to be near impossible to make a change.
Cousins said Washington is still Griffin's team despite his latest injury. The team is reportedly hopeful Griffin will only miss four to five weeks with the injury.
Washington will play its first divisional game in Week 3 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
- Paul Palladino