Kirk Cousins Becomes New Washington Redskins' Starter After RGIII Injury

By Connor Muldowney
Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Reports have come out about the possible serious knee injury suffered by Washington Redskins‘ quarterback Robert Griffin III could sit him out 14-18 months.

So what does this mean for the Redskins? When selecting Griffin III last April in the NFL Draft, Mike Shanahan and the Redskins’ front office had no idea that drafting a quarterback three rounds later would be a huge pick.

Kirk Cousins will be called upon to be the team’s starting quarterback, barring a trade of some sort, in place of his injured fellow rookie teammate.

Griffin III underwent an MRI today and many rumors have come out that the quarterback tore his ACL and PCL, possibly pushing his return to football back until next summer. This would be a huge loss for the Redskins, and many people would say it was an avoidable one.

Renowned sports doctor, Dr. James Andrews, said he didn’t like Shanahan’s decision to play the already-injured Griffin III after looking at his knee.

Despite all the criticism that Shanahan will be receiving from anyone and everyone, something will need to be done about the quarterback situation and Cousins seems more than ready to take the reigns.

RGIII has put together Rookie of the Year-quality numbers with 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns, but Cousins has impressed this season when he has been given a shot.

In the regular season, filling in for RGII, Cousins completed nearly 70 percent of his passes for 466 yards and four touchdowns in just three appearances, including one career start.

Cousins knows what it takes to be a leader, engineering a Michigan State team in college to some of their best seasons in school history and he was praised for his leadership ability.

If the Redskins are going to be successful without Griffin III, they will need to trust Cousins and not hold anything back. They need to let Cousins be Cousins and not use  him too cautiously. Fear not, Redskins fans, he was drafted for a reason.

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