Griffin’s departure from starting lineup could be temporary | ProFootballTalk
When the decision to start quarterback Colt McCoy was coupled with a suggestion that Robert Griffin III remained part of Washington's long-term plans, plenty scoffed.
Need to Know: Production the bottom line in RG3 decision | Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
I know that everyone likes to make things very complicated when it comes to things like Robert Griffin III being benched. And while there are layers to it, it’s really pretty simple. "When you’re preaching production, when you’re preaching accountability and all that stuff, it’s important that you hold everybody to the same standard," said Jay Gruden. "Like I said, I know Robert can play better. I know we can coach him better. But the bottom line is we didn’t get much production from the offense with him as the starter, and that’s why we had to make a change." (emphasis added)
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Where would the Redskins be had the Colts taken Griffin with the No. 1 pick and Luck fell in Washington's lap at No. 2?
Coach Jay Gruden, though, said he's hopeful that Hatcher will return for Sunday's game in Indianapolis. He has been bothered by a sore right knee. Biggers, meanwhile, is still going through the protocol after having a concussion. But he was not on the field Thursday. Last week, for example, guard Shawn Lauvao was limited in practice while also going through the concussion protocol.
Cornerbacks: OK, there hasn't been much discussion at all on this (for obvious reasons, as a former coach liked to say). But you have a Colts' offense that likes to use three-receiver sets against a corner group that will have Greg Ducre and Chase Minnifield among its top four. The reality is that both are inexperienced and were behind others. It's a great opportunity for them, but also one that could lead to mistakes. Also, we still haven't spoken to David Amerson about that team violation.
"At the end day, Jay knows quarterbacking and he’s going to make the decision that he makes," Cousins said. "Like I said, I do believe in myself and I do believe I’m going to be a good player in this league, and I think Jay believes that, too. But right now, I’m the No. 3 and I have to get out of that and work really hard to make that happen."
Run defense inconsistent for Colts, who struggle against power backs. In six of their games, the Colts have allowed the opposing team to average at least 4.5 yards per rush -- and five times it’s been at least 5.25 per carry. But in four of the other five games, the opposition has averaged 3.66 yards or less per carry. Three of those games have occurred in the past five. In general, the Colts do better vs. faster backs than one relying more on power.
Gruden's decision will spare RG3 and viewers a lot of pain. The quarterback won't suffer more cartoonish violence behind a leaky offensive line; fans won't endure more cringe-worthy plays when positive yardage was there for the taking.
Griffin, the people's quarterback, could do no wrong upon arrival in Washington. But as he soon learned, it doesn't take much for the capital region to turn on its chosen leaders.
Luck should be thankful he has avoided the mess that has consumed Robert Griffin III and the Redskins during his three seasons — but then again, if Luck was playing in Washington, none of it likely would have happened, anyway.
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"If you exhaust every play out of the pocket, what happens is you find more opportunities," Young said. "I can’t tell you how many times I left something on the table because I thought, ‘I’m going, this is crazy.’ And that’s where the mastery comes in. To exhaust it all means to understand it all, to know every element of the responsibility and why they’re moving. It’s reflexive. I have a reflexive response to what’s happening."
As the Washington Redskins prepared for their second preseason game, there were never questions about whether McCoy would eventually supplant Robert Griffin III — or Kirk Cousins. At that point, the only question surrounding McCoy was whether he'd survive cut-down day.
Williams completed a full practice on Thursday for the first time since he sprained the MCL in his right knee and sprained his right ankle in a loss to Tampa Bay on Nov. 16.
Overshadowed in the decision to bench Robert Griffin III and start Colt McCoy was Cousins, who is still the third quarterback and now also faces an uncertain future. "I have to continue to believe in myself," he said. "And I do."
Dilfer, the former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst, believes Griffin isn't done as a viable professional, but that he must take this stretch as a learning experience.
After two of the worst performances we've seen by any quarterback wearing a burgundy and gold jersey, Griffin has been benched for the Colts game Sunday in favor of a guy who said he didn't even know if he would make the roster. If that doesn't teach Griffin a lesson in humility, I don't know what will.
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As unfortunate as the situation was, I mean, at the end of the day, I am responsible to be here on time, no matter what the circumstance is. I definitely learned my lesson, and like I said, I’ve just got to take it upon myself...and, no matter what, make sure I [get] here and be at work. It’s definitely a lesson."