Washington Redskins Should Bench RG3, Start Kirk Cousins

By Brian Skinnell
Washington Redskins
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The Washington Redskins’ season has completely come apart, and they have been eliminated from the playoffs. They have nothing but pride left to play for, and even that is a low moral victory. While the team needs a win as bad as anybody, it should come with Kirk Cousins at quarterback, not Robert Griffin III.

For starters, this move is strictly a protection move. It’s clear that Washington is set on Griffin as their starting quarterback, so much so that some believe they’ll fire Mike Shanahan before they even consider benching Robert Griffin III. If they truly have plans for Griffin to be the franchise quarterback, then he should ride the pine for the final four games of the season.

As we continue through the winter months of the NFL season, the field conditions around the NFL, as well as FedEx Field, will deteriorate. That will only put Griffin at more risk to re-injure his knee and start this whole process all over again. Griffin is still recovering from his old injury, and putting him at risk for it again puts his career in jeopardy, as well.

Another way this works out in favor of the Redskins is it will continue to raise awareness about Kirk Cousins. While no plans or interest in trading Cousins has come up, showcasing him to the NFL for the final four games of the season may entice some teams to call Dan Snyder and Bruce Allen with some offers.

If there’s one thing that the Redskins need in the 2014 NFL Draft it’s picks. With the current quarterbacking state of the Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns, Cousins could become someone they would be willing to part with some picks for. Either way, Washington could come away with a sweet deal for their highly talented backup quarterback.

Starting Robert Griffin III for the remainder of the season will make him take longer to fully heal from his ACL surgery. What should have been done at the beginning of the season should now come at the end of the season, but better late than never. He needed time to heal then, and he certainly needs time to heal now after the beating he’s taken in 2013.

The season is over for the Washington Redskins, and it’s time to start focusing on the future. The first step in moving on from this dismal season is to put in Kirk Cousins to protect Robert Griffin III, giving time for his ailing body to heal up to make sure he’s 100-percent healthy for 2014.

Brian Skinnell is a freelance sports writer for RantSports.com and contributor at Yahoo Sports. Follow him on Twitter and add him to your network on Google.

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