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Joe Theismann: Kirk Cousins has played ‘much better’ than Robert Griffin III

Robert-Griffin-RedskinsIf Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins were battling for a starting job in the preseason, Cousins would probably be in the lead. In three games thus far, Cousins has completed 35-of-54 passes for 370 yards, four touchdowns and only one interception. Griffin, who played just one series in the first preseason game, has completed 13-of-20 passes for 141 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.

Some beat writers have even claimed that Cousins is outplaying RG3 during practice drills, though there has been some dispute there. But on Saturday night, Joe Theismann — who works for the Redskins Broadcast Network — said Cousins is outplaying Griffin and it isn’t close.

“Let’s stop beating around the bush,” Theismann during the fourth quarter, per Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog. “Kirk Cousins has played much better at the quarterback position than Robert Griffin III has. Now, Robert is learning to work out of a pocket. He doesn’t look as smooth or as comfortable throwing the football. I mean, your eyes will tell you everything you need to know.”

[Related: RG3 calls out doubters on Twitter]

While Cousins has had more opportunities, he has made more of them than RG3 has made of his. Cousins looks far more comfortable throwing the football than Griffin, though many would argue that Griffin’s speed makes him more dangerous. Theismann believes head coach Jay Gruden should evaluate the situation carefully.

“It’s going to be a decision that Jay Gruden is going to have to make,” he said. “Right now, Robert Griffin III is his quarterback. Now, if there was a quarterback competition, it wouldn’t be a competition. Kirk Cousins would be the man I believe he would have to go to, because of the efficiency with which he has run [the offense]. Now Kirk, like I said, is basically a drop-back quarterback. I see Andy Dalton in Cincinnati, I see Kirk Cousins that way.”

The important thing for RG3 is that the preseason means nothing. Cam Newton had an atrocious preseason with the Carolina Panthers his rookie year before lighting the NFL on fire during a record-breaking season. If Griffin struggles through the early part of the season and can’t stop turning the ball over, Gruden will have a tough decision to make.

Robert Griffin III calls out doubters on Twitter

Robert Griffin knee braceAfter an impressive rookie season in which he earned the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year Award, 2013 was not Robert Griffin III’s year.

Griffin hardly looked like the same quarterback from 2012 after undergoing surgery to repair ligament damage in his right knee.

He had to answer questions about rushing back too soon after surgery. There was also Griffin’s less-than-ideal relationship with head coach Mike Shanahan and a perceived influence the quarterback had over Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.

A disappointing season came to an end when Griffin was made inactive for the final three games of last season.

Heading into the upcoming season, Griffin has more than a few people questioning if he can be the same quarterback he was in 2012. Having doubters is nothing new for the former Heisman Trophy winner and Griffin took the opportunity to remind us of that via his Twitter account on Wednesday.

If the Washington Redskins are going to rebound from disastrous 2013 season, they’ll need better quarterback play than they received a year ago. The team gave up quite a bit to draft Robert Griffin III, but that doesn’t mean fans won’t call for Kirk Cousins if he struggles again.

Griffin is no stranger to having to prove himself and it looks like he knows he will have to do it once again in 2014.

Redskins GM: What Robert Griffin III was asked to do last year was ‘disrespectful’ to football

Robert-Griffin-III-Michael-Vick-comparisonsRobert Griffin III had a disappointing sophomore season with the Washington Redskins for a number of reasons. First and foremost, he probably wasn’t healthy. Griffin didn’t play at all in the preseason while rehabbing from ACL surgery and his mobility was limited throughout most of the year. Looking back on 2013, Redskins president and general manager Bruce Allen almost sounds embarrassed.

During an interview with Al Coleman on ESPN 950 in Richmond Monday, Allen said RG3 faced an “impossible” task last season.

“What you saw last year was almost a little disrespectful to the game of football,” Allen said, via Michael Phillips of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “It’s impossible to ask a player to perform well during the regular season if you haven’t practiced. Last year at this time, he’s still rehabbing his knee, he’s not allowed to practice, he’s not allowed to work in team drills at all because he’s still rehabilitating himself. We put him, really, on the spot by trying to do that.”

Griffin was not shy in voicing his displeasure over being held out of preseason play last year. He took part in very little live action before starting in Week 1, which in retrospect was a recipe for disaster.

While Allen admitted that playing in as many games as possible will probably help RG3 from an experience standpoint, he was quick to point out that the situation should be much more ideal heading into 2014.

“And this year he’s had a full offseason, his knee is 100 percent — knock on wood — and he’s had all of that, and that’s how you get ready to play a football season,” Allen said. “Maybe in basketball you can go out and just play in games, but in football, when you’re trying to synchronize 11 players on every play, you need to practice.”

Allen’s comments almost made it seem like the Redskins are blaming Mike Shanahan for the disaster that was the 2013 season. RG3 has already taken a couple of shots at the Shanahans since their departure, so it’s obvious everyone is relieved Jay Gruden is running the show. We’ll see if that lasts.

H/T DC Sports Bog

Robert Griffin III takes jab at Mike Shanahan, Kyle Shanahan

Mike Shanahan Robert GriffinRobert Griffin III is relieved to not be playing under Mike Shanahan and Kyle Shanahan this season. We know that because the former Baylor star has alluded to it a number of times. RG3′s most recent shot at the Shanahans came when he was speaking to reporters on Thursday about his struggles last season.

Griffin had a fantastic rookie season before falling victim to a brutal sophomore slump. He threw only 16 touchdowns passes and 12 interceptions in 13 games last season. He finished 2013 with a passer rating of 82.2. Some blame a slow recovery from ACL surgery, but it sounds like Griffin blames the coaches.

“You don’t go from the ability to read defenses one year and not have that ability the next, so I don’t believe that one bit,” he said, via Pro Football Talk. “And it’s really just a good thing to have two coaches that believe in you. Sean and Jay have done a great job. They’ve given me a lot on my shoulders in that quarterback room and I cherish that. You want to be asked to do more or just to do the bare minimum.”

I wouldn’t be surprised if Griffin has a big year in 2014. The fact that he is healthier than last year will certainly help, but so will having a good relationship with Jay Gruden. As a first-year head coach, Gruden will likely give Griffin more freedom. The confidence RG3 and Gruden have in each other should translate to success on the field.

If nothing else, it seems like RG3 will be much happier heading into the season. That has to count for something.

Robert Griffin III getting statue at new Baylor stadium

robert-griffin-iiiBaylor is opening a new 45,000-seat football stadium this fall. Robert Griffin III is a big part of the reason the Bears outgrew their old facility, so the team is thanking him in a big way. According to David Ubben of Fox Sports Southwest, Baylor has decided to honor RG3 with a statue at McLane Stadium.

The 9.5-foot bronze statue will be installed and unveiled in the south end zone before Baylor’s regular-season opener against SMU at the end of August. Tom White and his wife Marcey, owners of Tom White Studios in Texas, built the statue after taking photos of Griffin in his Baylor uniform and allowing him to choose his favorite ones.

“We’d like to keep all photos of it private and anything to describe the pose so there’s some surprise at the unveiling,” Marcey told Fox Sports Southwest. “It’s gonna be awesome. It’s a great tribute to him and all of his wonderful accomplishments.”

RG3 won the Heisman Trophy at Baylor in 2011 after racking up nearly 5,000 yards of total offense and throwing 37 touchdowns and just six interceptions. He scored another 10 touchdowns on the ground. Griffin also led Baylor to its first bowl game in 19 years and helped put the football program back on the map.

Despite the aforementioned accomplishments, plenty of people feel that the statue is premature (see some tweets here) considering RG3 has yet to accomplish anything significant at the NFL level. Baylor is honoring him for what he did at Baylor, not what he has done with the Washington Redskins.

Robert Griffin III: DeSean Jackson is not getting No. 10

Robert-Griffin-RedskinsDeSean Jackson is going to have to find a new number with the Washington Redskins. The 2013 Pro Bowler wore No. 10 during his six seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, but that number is currently taken by a fairly important player in Washington. Some of you may know him as RG3.

In his introductory press conference with his new team, Jackson told reporters that it had not yet been determined who would wear No. 10 for the Redskins next season. That sparked a bunch of unnecessary speculation that Robert Griffin III put to rest.

Players work out deals to exchange jersey numbers all the time. Eric Decker recently had to take one of his new teammates to a nice dinner and pay him a huge chunk of cash for No. 87. Jackson may be able to talk another player into giving up his second-favorite number, but he’s not getting 10. RG3 is supposed to be the face of the franchise. Faces of the franchise typically don’t change jersey numbers.

H/T Pro Football Talk

DeSean Jackson reportedly met with Robert Griffin III before Redskins visit

desean-jacksonThe Washington Redskins are considered a serious contender to sign DeSean Jackson. They are one of a number of teams who have expressed interest in the 27-year-old wide receiver since he was released by the Philadelphia Eagles, and we all know Daniel Snyder is never afraid to spend money. In fact, he may have even sent Robert Griffin III to do a little recruiting.

TMZ Sports is reporting that Jackson and RG3 hung out in Los Angeles over the weekend for “several hours” and that things went well. Jackson was scheduled to visit the Redskins on Monday.

According to ESPN Radio 980′s Chris Russell, Jackson does not intend to settle for a team-friendly deal in the wake of a troubling report about his alleged link to members of a gang. Jackson, a 2013 Pro Bowler, was scheduled to make $10.5 million with the Eagles in 2013 prior to his release. He is reportedly looking for an average annual value of $9 million to $10 million on the open market.

Again, Snyder is not afraid to spend. The Redskins have just under $7 million in cap space heading into 2014, whereas other potential Jackson suitors like the Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders have roughly $14 million. That said, money won’t be the reason Washington misses out on Jackson. If they want him bad enough, they’ll find a way to make it work.