Jay Gruden: "Robert Griffin III is the starter"

Thursday January 9th, 2014

RG3 Robert Griffin III was benched for the final three games of 2013 under former coach Mike Shanahan. (Mike Stobe/Getty)

New Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden didn't waste any time clearing up the messy quarterback situation he inherited in D.C.

In an appearance on 106.7 The Fan, Gruden declared that "Robert Griffin III is the starter. There will be no competition."

Gruden was hired as Washington's new head coach Thursday, but he did not immediately address Griffin's situation in his introductory press conference. Griffin was controversially inactive for the Redskins' final three games of 2013, amid the power struggle between former coach Mike Shanahan and owner Daniel Snyder. Kirk Cousins started the final three games for Washington, completing 69 of 130 passes for 747 and four touchdowns against five interceptions. Griffin finished 2013 with 3,203 passing yards, 16 TDs and 12 interceptions, plus 489 rushing yards.

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