Report: Redskins coach Jay Gruden prepared to bench Robert Griffin III
Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden is reportedly prepared to bench Robert Griffin III during Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers if he is not playing well, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
Griffin dislocated his ankle in Week 2, and has only played in two games since then. In four games this season, he has completed 72 percent of his passes for 763 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.
Mortensen reports that Griffin could be pulled in favor of backup quarterback Colt McCoy. McCoy played in two games during Griffin's absence. He threw for 427 yards, a touchdown and an interception. The Redskins won both games.
On Monday, Gruden criticized Griffin's play during a 27-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday, saying the quarterback "had some fundamental flaws." Later in the week, Gruden said it was a mistake to make his public criticism "all about one person."
On Friday, the first-year coach told NFL.com that Griffin needs to be more consistent and said it's been "very difficult" for his staff to figure out how to build the offense around Griffin after he missed six weeks.
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