In 2012, Griffin set the rookie QB passing record at 102.4, third overall in the 2012 NFL season, and the rookie record for percentage of passes intercepted at 1.3 percent. He was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and also placed at number 15 in NFL Top 100 Players of 2013.
Griffin was also selected for the 2013 Pro Bowl, but was not able to attend due to injuries in his right knee. He not only shattered NFL records and stats, but also signed many endorsement deals with companies such as Adidas, EA Sports, Subway, Gatorade and Nissan to make him the highest-earning rookie in NFL history.
It is safe to say the starting job is his.
Current backup QB Kirk Cousins was selected by the Redskins in the 2012 NFL Draft with the 102nd pick in the fourth round. Cousins played as the starting QB for Michigan State University from 2009 to 2011. When Griffin was injured, Cousins took the reins and proved to be efficient in the NFL.
He was named Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week, the third Redskin to receive the honor in 2012. Cousins is a favorite of Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan and it seems safe to say he will be the backup QB.
In the final three games of the Redskins 2010 season, QB Rex Grossman got the start due to Shanahan benching under-performing QB Donovan McNabb. Grossman started the 2011 season, but was benched in Week 5 and did not return until week 10. In the 2012 season, it was Grossman’s experience and familiarity with the offensive scheme that made him a great tutor for rookies Griffin and Cousins.
Grossman is about to begin his 10th year in the NFL, and while it is obvious that he will not play for the Redskins, he may still be the third-string QB to provide support, advice and encouragement.
However, the Redskins quarterback dynamics of 2012 could be shaken up by newcomer QB Pat White. White played for West Virginia University and was drafted by the Miami Dolphins 44th overall in the fourth round in the 2009 NFL Draft, although he never secured the starting position.
While White does has some experience, it is not enough of a reason to select him over Grossman. However, White does have the advantage of being a team player and having the ability to play multiple positions, including RB and WR.
It seems obvious that Shanahan will place three quarterbacks on his 53-man roster just in case Griffin is injured again. White should be able to secure the roster spot due to his ability to switch positions. Shanahan has stated that the best football players will make the team. Overall, White has the advantage on Grossman.