The tear down of Robert Griffin III continues after a poor performance in Washington’s 23-17 preseason loss to the Ravens on Saturday night. Griffin finished the game going 5 of 8 for 20 yards and an interception while backup quarterback Kirk Cousins went 14 of 20 for 122 yards and two touchdowns.
Joe Theismann, who was calling the game for the Redskins Broadcast, took a moment in the 4th quarter to let viewers know that in his mind, Cousins has outplayed Griffin III.
“Let’s stop beating around the bush,” Theismann said early in the fourth quarter. “Kirk Cousins has played much better at the quarterback position than Robert Griffin III has. Now, Robert is learning to work out of a pocket. He doesn’t look as smooth or as comfortable throwing the football. I mean, your eyes will tell you everything you need to know.
“It’s going to be a decision that Jay Gruden is going to have to make,” Theismann said. “Right now, Robert Griffin III is his quarterback. Now, if there was a quarterback competition, it wouldn’t be a competition. Kirk Cousins would be the man I believe he would have to go to, because of the efficiency with which he has run [the offense]. Now Kirk, like I said, is basically a drop-back quarterback. I see Andy Dalton in Cincinnati, I see Kirk Cousins that way. …”
As the game ended, Theismann doubled down on his assessment of Washington’s quarterback situation.
“You can’t avoid it,” Theismann went on. “Your eyes don’t lie to you. Robert has struggled in the limited opportunities that he has had. And Kirk Cousins has seized the opportunities that he has had when it comes to playing the position and understanding the offense.”
So just to recap, we’ve had some in the Patriots organization saying that Robert Griffin III is not the best quarterback on the roster. We’ve heard that the locker room hates Griffin III and loves Cousins. And now, Joe Theismann has announced to Washington fans that Cousins has outplayed Griffin III.
If this isn’t a full blown quarterback yet, it’s certainly headed that way.