Amazingly, Kirk Cousins will now start at QB for the Washington Redskins. It’s only taken 13 weeks to get here, but we’re now at the tipping point of total circus in Washington. This would not have been a big deal Week 1, but 13 weeks into the season after RGIII’s brutal season at the helm, this is a train wreck. And because the Shanahan-RGIII-Redskins train is now officially off the tracks with the benching of their franchise QB, we can’t help but happily inspect the damage of our division rival’s caboose a little bit closer.
Mike Shanahan had indicated this might happen, and couched it as preserving Griffin’s health for next season. But those in the know believe this to be a Shanahan power play: Shanahan is trying to use Griffin, Dan Snyder’s favored player, as an excuse for the owner to fire him. Washington would then owe Shanahan the $7 million remaining on his contract. Snyder called Shanahan’s bluff, indicating he wouldn’t stand in the way of Cousins starting. So that’s exactly what’s going to happen.
If RGIII does not give the Redskins their best chance to win, why oh why has he been underwhelmingly starting all season? Because Dan Snyder says so? Maybe this power play theory holds some water after all. The more you look at it – it’s clear that this is not about Kirk Cousins being in a better position to lead his team to victory than the still injured RGIII… we all know ACL’s with the greatest of exceptions (Adrian Peterson) take 2 seasons to fully recover. We can all look back now in perfect hindsight and say RGIII should never have started for the Redskins week 1, particularly after no training camp and no preseason. In fact the Redskins offense looked damn good under Cousins and, frankly, looked dangerous with Sexy Rexy Grossman under center running the read option.
Oh, but that’s preseason. It’s meaningless – right? Hmm… just like our preseason over here in the land of the Giants where every single wart we’ve been living with for the past 13 weeks was perfectly visible in training camp and the preseason. No red zone offense, no legitimate TE, and a shaky offensive line. Right. Preseason. Meaningless.
It was clear as day 4 months ago that Kirk Cousins could run the Redskins offense and lead his team to victory. Now it’s clear as day that no matter how much scouting took place, no matter what Shanahan felt the best course of action was at the time — RGIII for the sake of his and Dan Snyder’s “brand” would be out there week 1 for the Redskins by hook or by crook. And there definitely is a crook involved.
Mike Shanahan has now flipped this whole situation on it’s ear, has committed to starting Kirk Cousins — who SHOULD have started this season anyway — for the BS sake of saving RGIII’s health for, wait for it, the offseason. So that he can heal up and fully attack it next July in camp. Right…
This is 100% about money and power, ba – lee -dat. Shanahan won’t be fired until after the season, because Snyder isn’t going to cave in front of a live audience by the will of slightly shorter man. And I wouldn’t be surprised to see Art Briles walking around FedEx field early 2014… despite his new extension. Kyle Shanahan will probably end up somewhere next year, Mike will be out of the league laughing all the way to the bank with a newly acquired $7 million and all the free time in the world.