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Daily Slop: How Long Will Robert Griffin III Remain on the Bench; Trent Williams Hopeful about playing Sunday

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Redskins teammates 'surprised' by RG3's benching | Comcast SportsNet Washington

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.

Can Colt McCoy get the Redskins offense going? | Comcast SportsNet Washington

Gruden: Allen, Snyder 'all on board' with decision to bench RG3 | Comcast SportsNet Washington

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)

Indianapolis Colts vs. Washington Redskins preview - ESPN
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?

Redskins teammates 'surprised' by RG3's benching | Comcast SportsNet Washington

Robert Griffin III of Washington Redskins calls benching a 'coach's decision' - ESPN

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III didn't have much to say about coach Jay Gruden's decision to bench him, merely calling it a coach's decision.

Jason Hatcher sits again, Trent Williams practices - Washington Redskins Blog - ESPN

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.

Washington Redskins wake-up call - ESPN

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.

Despite No. 3 status, Cousins remains confident | Comcast SportsNet Washington

"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."

Three Things I Learned: Indianapolis Colts - ESPN

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.

SNYDER: Jay Gruden's RG3 decision should leave everyone thankful - Washington Times

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.

Robert Griffin III era with Redskins winding to unexpected end - Washington Times

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.

Andrew Luck, Colts thrive on stability Redskins lack - Washington Times

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.

Washington Redskins at Indianapolis Colts: 5 Questions - Washington Times

What to expect from Colt McCoy and his receivers? And how to stop Andrew Luck?

Steve Young provided blueprint for Robert Griffin III - Washington Redskins Blog - ESPN

"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."

For Colt McCoy, a Redskins chance no one saw coming - Washington Times

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.

Trent Williams 'definitely optimistic' on return Sunday at Indianapolis - Washington Times

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.

Kirk Cousins, still Redskins' No. 3 quarterback, says he has not lost confidence - Washington Times

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."

Trent Dilfer on Robert Griffin III: 'The old way needs to give way to the new way' - Washington Times

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.

LOVERRO: Robert Griffin III, Colt McCoy represent two sides of 'unforgiving' league - Washington Times

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.

David Amerson: "I Felt Like I was Letting the Whole Organization Down"
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."