1. From my seat at FedEx, the injury to Robert Griffin III appeared to have occurred out of bounds. We thought maybe he had hit his head against someone or something, leading to his staying down. If they showed a replay on the big screen of the ankle injury prior to Kirk Cousins coming in, I missed it. I did see #8 hurriedly warming up, and it was at that point that I began to wonder if the whole world was about to turn upside down.
2. I didn't process the substitution and all that it could mean in the first few seconds of Kirk's entry into the game...but definitely by the fourth or fifth second. It was insane. Griffin was literally still on the ground being tended to by medical personnel and the idea of a whole new era of Redskins football was bouncing around my brain. One touchdown pass later, and thoughts that are just straight-up silly became more real. Contract situations...scheme fit...football decisions...and we were right in the middle of a must-win game in the second week of the season against an opponent that some teams in the NFL could probably defeat with their third-string quarterback.
3. To suggest my mind was reeling would be an understatement. I am a huge fan of Robert Griffin and the electric nature of his game. I think he is capable of being successful in the league--he has shown he can be plenty effective. Is it possible that the best quarterback for our offense could be sitting two deep on our bench? Are these the kinds of thoughts that make sense to be having before you even know the extent of the injury to your starter? For all I knew, Griffin was going to shake off the cobwebs and get back in the game. For all I knew, the Kirk Cousins Era could have been all of a handful of plays. Still, it seemed like there was some part of me that was SCREAMING to embrace the initial wave of euphoria when we scored that touchdown, and all that symbolically accompanied it.
4. In the stands, news of the dislocated ankle traveled fast. Everyone hung their internet M.D.'s on display at that point, and drunken prognostications ranged from Griffin being out a few weeks to "he may never walk right again." Either way, Captain Kirk had the helm for the rest of this game. There would be no escaping it...the Scylla and Charybdis of our time...our version of Sonny or Billy...our course has been set. Next stop: quarterback controversy. Again, all of this is happening internally in my mind--likely many of your minds--as we began to lay it on Jacksonville.
5. I listened to the Jay Gruden presser after the game and here is what I did not hear:
- I did not hear a guy who was devastated that he had just lost one of his best players;
- I did not hear a guy who was heartbroken and lost, wondering what he was going to do without his starting quarterback;
- I did not hear a guy who was upset that Kirk Cousins was potentially the future of this franchise.