Joe Theismann thinks Kirk Cousins should start over RG3
WASHINGTON -- Following the Washington Redskins’ 23-17 preseason loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night, a former Washington signal caller shared some surprising thoughts about the quarterback situation in our nation’s capital.
Joe Theismann, the two-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl winner, was candid about his views regarding incumbent starter Robert Griffin III and backup Kirk Cousins. From The Washington Post:
“Let’s stop beating around the bush … 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.”
Cousins posted far better numbers than Griffin, going 14-for-20 for 122 yards and two touchdowns, to RG3’s 5-for-8 for 20 yards and an interception. Of course, Griffin was facing the Ravens’ starting defense, while Cousins was matched up largely against second and third-stringers. Griffin has also played fewer series, as most starters do, as teams look to limit exposure to potential injuries.
In Green Bay, Scott Tolzien has more completions, a higher completion percentage and more yards than Aaron Rodgers. In San Francisco, Blaine Gabbert has more completions, yards and touchdowns than Colin Kaepernick. And in New Orleans, Ryan Griffin has thrown for more than twice as many yards and three more touchdowns than Drew Brees.
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