Kirk Cousins said Wednesday he's trying to ignore the situation that led to him assuming the role as the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback for the final three games, beginning Sunday on the road against the Atlanta Falcons.
The coach talked to owner Daniel Snyder and general manager Bruce Allen about the hits Griffin has taken in recent weeks. Shanahan said both men agreed that sitting Griffin was the right course.
The decision to bench Robert Griffin III for the final three games was made with the "blessing" of owner Dan Snyder, Coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday.
For 28 minutes Wednesday, Shanahan stood behind a podium and in front of a dozen cameras at Redskins Park, passionately working through the circumstances that led to the decision to bench franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III in favor of Kirk Cousins.
Snyder, coach Mike Shanahan and quarterback Robert "SuperBob" Griffin III are the trinity of turmoil at Redskins Park, all seemingly staking out their corner in this political battle royal. But don't overlook GM Bruce Allen's role.
Asked directly whether the Washington Redskins should change their name, Roger Goodell said the NFL needs to "make sure we're doing what's right."
There is so much smoke surrounding the Shanahan-RG3 relationship that I'm surprised the sprinkler systems don't go off daily at Redskins Park. And here's the fire — the reason that Shanahan, in the fourth year of his five-year contract — needs an extension now: the presence of owner Daniel Snyder.
Winning in the NFL is elusive. The league is structured to foster competitive balance and parity. In the NFL, what goes up eventually comes down. The ultimate goal, then, is staying power — maximizing potential, sustaining a high standard and keeping the window to success open for as long as possible.
Robert Griffin III will start the Washington Redskins' season-opener on Sept. 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles, coach Mike Shanahan said on Monday afternoon. Thus ends a months-long drama about whether the 23-year-old quarterback would be ready for Week 1 after undergoing right knee surgery on Jan. 9 to repair torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments.
Bruce Allen knows well the history of Washington Redskins quarterback controversies. Sonny Jurgensen vs. Billy Kilmer in the `70s. Doug Williams vs. Jay Schroeder in the `80s. Heath Shuler vs. Gus Frerotte in `90s.
Because sacks didn't become an official statistic until 1982, Jones' total is uncertain. His impact as a premier pass rusher and team leader is not.