The question is, how long will Gruden be willing to wait? Cousins has thrown 23 career interceptions in 17 games so this is not new. But for Gruden the change stems from anointing him as the starter in the preseason and giving him a chance to develop as the starter by performance, not through injury. The coaches saw a change in Cousins, which is why they maintain belief in him now.
That's why the national perception of the Redskins remains the same: bad team with a quarterback who turns the ball over too much. Don't like it? Change it -- with your play. Yet a few of the people who will be ripping the Redskins this morning were probably sizing them up as NFC East contenders before Thursday's game. So which team are they? In truth, neither. It was too early to stamp them as contenders; you don't get that honor after a home win against a team that hasn't had a winning record in more than a decade. But the signs they showed vs. St. Louis were positive; last night was not. Right now, this is who the Redskins are as a team.
Riley was injured in the Redskins' win over the Rams. He did not practice during a short week of preparation for the Gaints and was listed as questionable. As it turned out, he did not suit up, leaving the Redskins with only three inside linebackers (Keenan Robinson, Will Compton and rookie Terrance Plummer) active for the game.
But one thing that the Redskins have a chance to do that they never have done before is have two 1,000-yard rushers in a season. Through three games, Morris has 199 yards rushing and Jones has 189. Over a 16-game season those totals project to 1,061 yards for Morris and 1,008 for Jones.