Once former Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan decided to pull the string on Robert Griffin III‘s 2013 season in Week 14, the common belief was that Rg3 was being benched so that back-up quarterback Kirk Cousins could raise his trade value. Well, Cousins didn’t exactly respond like the organization had hoped as the second-year signal-caller went 0-3 with seven interceptions to a mere four touchdowns.
There was a time when Cousins was considered the back-up in the NFL, but with a new head coach in Washington, Cousins isn’t even guaranteed a roster spot as of right now. Jay Gruden was hired as the Redskins’ new head coach on Thursday and he made his stance on the quarterback situation very clear by saying this:
Robert Griffin III is the starter and there will be no competition.
Now, Gruden was able to do some creative things with Andy Dalton to make him successful regular season player, but the jury is still out on whether or not Gruden is a so-called “quarterback guru.” And this coach definitely doesn’t have a future in sales; I mean, talk about docking someone’s trade value?! After a quote like that the Redskins might be lucky to receive a fifth-round pick for Cousins.
Moreover, if Washington general manager Dennis Allen has an opportunity to snag a few draft picks this offseason then he will do so at any costs. Either way, it’s safe to say that the Redskins will be trying to shop their back-up quarterback from day one, but the response from around the league might be tame.