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No. 2 QB could be vital for the Redskins; who will it be?

Aug 24, 2015, 10:59 AM EDT


It is becoming apparent that the No. 2 quarterback in Washington will have a good shot at becoming No. 1 at some point during the season.

It’s not too much of a stretch to concoct a doom and gloom scenario for Robert Griffin III. Watching him on Thursday against the Lions and throughout his career since 2013, it seems almost inevitable that his season will be interrupted by either injury or ineffectiveness. That means that the winner of the competition for the No. 2 quarterback job is likely to start some regular season games and perhaps sooner rather than later.

So who is the leader in that competition between Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy? Jay Gruden said during training camp that performance in preseason games would be the primary determining factor. If there is a leader in the battle, Gruden has not tipped his hand to reveal which one it is.

Throughout OTAs, minicamp and training camp Cousins and McCoy have split the work with the second and third teams about as evenly as you can. One day Cousins would work with the second team offense and McCoy would work with the third. The next day at practice it would be McCoy with twos and Cousins with the threes.

“They’re doing extremely well,” said Gruden of the play of the two backups during the preseason.

The numbers bear out that assessment. Cousins has completed 77 percent of his passes averaging 9.4 yards per attempt while McCoy is completing passes at a 75 percent clip and also averaging 9.4 yards per pass.

Both have been behind center for seven drives. Cousins has had better results, with the team scoring three touchdowns and a field goal with him in the game while McCoy’s possessions have resulted in two touchdowns.

Neither quarterback has thrown an interception. Cousins was sacked once for eight yards and McCoy lost a fumble at the goal line in the closing seconds of the first half.

In terms of passing attempts, Cousins has thrown 26 times, which is a small sample size. McCoy has 12 attempts, an extremely small sample size. That’s one problem with comparing the performances of the two quarterbacks. The other problem is that both have played against players who will be backups when the season starts or will be unemployed in September.

If we assume that such factors even out, the numbers and results seem to give Cousins an edge. But it is important to remember that Gruden benched Cousins last year in favor of McCoy and, when Griffin struggled after returning from an injury Gruden turned to McCoy. That is likely to factor in to the decision.

Gruden hasn’t said when he will announce who the backup is. He might like to wait until he submits the inactive list for the season opener on September 13. But if Griffin’s performance continues to falter Gruden might have to accelerate his timetable.

  1. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Aug 24, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    Cousins (just turned 27) has a better arm and is awesome when he’s on (and turrible when he goes into a funk).

    McCoy (will be 29 in a couple of weeks) is mentally tougher and a better scrambler.

    Depends on what you want. McCoy may be a better bet to come in and save a game in relief of RGIII.

    Cousins has a better shot to become our starting QB if RGIII is not going to be the guy.

    • ET - Aug 24, 2015 at 12:25 PM

      I like McCoy as a backup. He’s smart, always well-prepared, and doesn’t seem to get rattled too easily. He might make a good QB coach someday, a la Matt Cavanaugh. But McCoy shouldn’t be more than a stopgap or emergency fill-in, IMO. His phyical talent level is just average, or maybe a below average for the Bigs (particularly in arm strength). Still glad he’s on the roster, however.

      Both backups make better reads and adjustments than the presumptive starter, but that isn’t the only variable in a very complex equation, is it?

      • Skulb - Aug 24, 2015 at 4:29 PM

        You could have said most of that about Mark Rypien though right? Colt generally seems to be a very good manager of games to me. I realize that he was abysmal vs St Louis, but apart from that colossal trainwreck he´s been generally competent I think. Any team needs to play with the QB they actually have and not some imaginary pie-in-the-sky QB. Apparently this isn´t possible with RGIII right now. But it might just be possible to put together a decent season with one of the two others. My guess is we´ll never know.

    • shermanp79 - Aug 24, 2015 at 7:20 PM

      Its Cousins either way. He has had some great relief appearances. McCoy is limited, the more he plays, the more turnovers and injuries you get. His arm strength is barely NFL caliber, that is why won’t be the guy.

  2. gonavybeatarmy - Aug 24, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    Mike Shanahan was just on ESPN and asked again about Griffin. He proceeded to praise Griffin’s intelligence, athletic ability and work ethic, and of course repeated that the offense that was designed for him was meant to accentuate the unique skillset Griffin offered while stressing that his college team failed to have a playbook. So, the long term strategy was that there’d be a period of transition from a non-conventional offense to a more traditional one over several years. Nothing too revealing there but it does demonstrate how thoughtful Mike and Kyle Shanahan were in working with Griffin. As the interview ended, Shanahan concluded that Griffin believed that no transition period was necessary and that he was immediately ready to be a traditional pocket QB and that “Robert is now being given the chance to show that he can do that.” You could almost hear Shanahan’s tongue firmly planted against his cheek while stating that.

    One wonders if Griffin now very privately regrets thinking that he, as a 22 year old, and his father knew more than a two-time Super Bowl winning coach.

    • bangkokben - Aug 24, 2015 at 12:04 PM

      To your last statement, I don’t think Griffin is built that way. Perhaps if his career continues on its current trend, when he is 45, then he might have some regrets but for now I’m thinking he doesn’t see his situation the same as us on the outside.

    • ET - Aug 24, 2015 at 2:22 PM

      It’s always best to take anything Mike Shanahan says with a grain of salt, but he’s been fairly forthcoming in his analysis this year. I haven’t seen the interview, but the first part of your summary sounds realistic to me. I have a hard time believing that Robert thought (thinks?) he could seamlessly transition into a pocket QB—but what do I know? Both Robert and Shanny The Elder have agendas. But Robert, for all his flaws, is not a stupid guy. I have a hard time believing he’d think he could become a stand-in-the-pocket field general overnight. Too simplistic.

      • troylok - Aug 24, 2015 at 3:37 PM

        I agree that RG3 isn’t a stupid guy, but I do believe he has an ego the size of the Hindenburg and it seems plausible he thought he could come right in and master being a pocket passer. You have to remember that most of these guys at the NFL level have flat out dominated the competition throughout their lives. RG3 probably came in thinking it would be easy to make the transition because, well, everything had been easy up to this point. Now, where he made himself look stupid is not getting down off his high horse when it became clear this was not going to be an easy thing. I suspect that was more pride than stupidity. As I watch him play, I think he still has that idea that his athletic ability is going to make up for deficiencies in his game. That would be stupid. It would be stupid because Gruden is stubbornly going to make RG3 a pocket passer or kill him in the process. So far, I’d say the Hindenburg is on fire and it is going to get uglier before the end.

    • brucefan1 - Aug 24, 2015 at 2:40 PM

      Aawww, gonavy, yours was such an interesting & informative report on the Shanny interview … until the end of it, when you hadda go and interject what seems to be your own speculation about what Mike was THINKING.

      I mean… did he smirk?… sneer?… roll his eyes? … whisper an aside?…snicker up his sleeve? … what?

      Because unless I get to see that interview myself, I’m gonna hafta depend on your observations to get an idea of what unspoken message you think he was trying to impart.

      • gasngo14 - Aug 24, 2015 at 3:28 PM

        HE FARTED! :)

    • shermanp79 - Aug 24, 2015 at 7:23 PM

      I saw that too. He tried down playing it but got a couple of things in there.

  3. celticsforever - Aug 24, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    This would be my QB depth chart. 1/ RG 2/ Cousins 3/ McCoy. If after week two RG3 still looks as inept, then my depth chart becomes 1/ Cousins 2/ McCoy 3/ RG3 – for the remainder of the season. That way you determine if you sign Cousins long term, or if the offseason plans include finding a QB.

    • brucefan1 - Aug 24, 2015 at 2:50 PM

      That sounds very reasonable, celtics! I would NOT be surprised if the Skins go with those scenarios.

      That is, until COUSINS looks inept (which we’ve seen before), and then the chart becomes 1/McCoy, 2/RG/ 3 Cousins (which we’ve also seen before), and until COLT gets dinged (seen that too) and then it becomes…. HEY! HAVEN’T WE SEEN THIS MOVIE BEFORE? This is getting monotonous! 😋

      • wncskinsfan - Aug 24, 2015 at 5:50 PM

        sure. to be fair, what we haven’t seen is cousins start with a bunch of coaching from a dedicated QB coach, second year in a system. that could make a difference for him, it might not. He looks pretty crisp out there, good timing, decent decision making. sure, he is playing against seconds and thirds . . . but to be fair . . . he is LEADING seconds and thirds, too, and showing he can run the offense with success. but yes, more of the same as last year, with the added benes I mentioned above. I’m sure we will see him start. I guess we shall see how that plays out. ultimately, we’re going to have to keep somebody around for the following season.

  4. bangkokben - Aug 24, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    If Cousins is the 3rd you might as well try to trade him for some value. Cousins is number two. (On the depth chart, of course.) McCoy’s game does seem to be more comparable to Griffin and contrary to the Gruden conspiracy theorists, the plays called for McCoy this preseason are virtually the same called for Griffin in the regular season in the same situation.

    Ideally, Griffin would be playing as well as both and avoiding injury/big hits. Then they could trade one for something but that ship has sailed.

  5. 226thebeatdontstop - Aug 24, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    When teams have a week to game plan for Cousins the Redskins are done, he will turnover the ball and sulk…McCoy doesn’t have arm strength he has peaked …

    RG3 has no confidence on the field, seems confused,dazed. Is this because of a poor scheme fit,? Is he injured ,? Bruce Allen hired the wrong coach,he should have hired someone who worked with athletic,mobile quarterbacks an used avhybrid scheme the way Russell Wilson and Kapernick are used..

    Why doesn’t this genuis coach, Gruden use pistol and shotgun formations to set up the pass??? Rollouts,bootlegs it makes no sense…

    And whether it’s true or not Robert should not dictate what he will or will not do..if read option helps this team win him.and Gruden need to adapt ASAP….This losing and looking inept is embarrassing..And this defense needs to make stops on third downs

    • brucefan1 - Aug 24, 2015 at 2:53 PM

      Hey, this 226thebeatdontstop guy makes a lotta sense! I’d like to hear more from him.

      Just sayin’.

      • skinsgame - Aug 24, 2015 at 3:57 PM

        Bruce, are you wanting to hear more from this poster because of how he SPECULATES on the situation?

        I mean…. Do you LIKE what he says and THINKS???… Does it AGREE with YOU???…. Does he HAPPEN to share your particular point OF view so you DO NOT pass his thoughts off as SPECULATIVE??

        Does he STRIKE you as ASSUMING or presumptuous when he USES sarcasm to CALL the Coach, “GENIUS”??… Shouldn’t we put him ON BLAST for that?? lol

        • gasngo14 - Aug 24, 2015 at 6:34 PM

          bruce looks like a 3inout guy :)

        • brucefan1 - Aug 24, 2015 at 8:03 PM

          YES! To ALL of the above skinsgame! ;^} LOL!

          And I really, truly appreciate that you’re picking up on my style!! Wasn’t sure anybody was ACTUALLY paying attention! I’m IMPRESSED that you ARE paying attention(and obviously VERY closely! How SWEET.).

          And by ALL means, continue to utilize my style, as you have above — it suits you; easy to read, clear, emphases in all the RIGHT places…you have it down to PERFECTION! I for one feel imitation in the SINCEREST form of FLATTERY…so flatter away! (Although it IS all rather humbling….blush)

          But now…sadly, I have to inform you that if you’re rationale and logic only made a BIT of sense, your arguments could possibly … POSSIBLY (don’t wanna commit anything SO speculative, of course) match the beauty of their recent PRESENTATION!! But just remember– baby steps, skinsgame, baby steps!! You can’t jump to the BIG leagues overnight! ;^} Keep practicing.

          And lastly, but hardly leastly, a friendly (and I DO mean friendly!), helpful word to a newbie; you simply MUST shed that childish (and I intend that in only the BEST sense of the word, cuz I LOVE children!), ineffective approach of, “if I can’t tear down what a man SAYS, I’ll tear down the WAY he says it!” That disreputable method SHOULD be way beneath you … I guess?

          Remember, tho, baby steps! I have GREAT hope for you yet.

          Thanks again for the flattery, skinsgame! And now that we’ve bonded, “buds” forever, right!👍🏼

        • warpath1 - Aug 24, 2015 at 8:44 PM


        • gasngo14 - Aug 24, 2015 at 9:40 PM

          Brucefan1 is farting again :)

        • skinsgame - Aug 25, 2015 at 12:17 AM

          Ha! Yes, Bruce. We’re BFF’s. We could go shopping for skinny jeans this Saturday!

    • wncskinsfan - Aug 24, 2015 at 5:54 PM

      the coverage that the Lions used is like slaughter for boots. RGIII not that great in that role, either. bad decisions, increased injury, etc . . so you keep him in the pocket (likes he says he wants to do), and he gets slaughtered in there, because apparently he has no pocket awareness. I think he would have gotten smashed worse by the lions running boots (if that can be imagined). It is not pretty. the kid is going to end up with some horrific injury. I think his biggest threat is himself.

    • shermanp79 - Aug 24, 2015 at 7:40 PM

      Cousins has played 9 games. So far this camp/pre season he has thrown 2 picks which is a big improvement. How many picks has Luck thrown so far? Look at Cousins other stats, he can move the ball.

      How can you roll out into a DL that is playing wide?? He would roll right into defender and we know if a guy is near, RG3 is getting nailed. You also don’t run those plays at your own 20. Defenses are nailing QBs in the pistol too and RG3 doesn’t want to be that. GET A CLUE!! Gruden had no problem turning Dalton into a 4k 30 td guy. He improved the offense every year yet now forgot how to coach!! LOL What do you expect him to do?? RG3 isn’t even a #2 right now with his struggles.

      Finally, The D hasn’t made stops on 3rd down in the 2 games??

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 24, 2015 at 8:25 PM

        Gruden could t put a running game in place at Cincy. He repeated evidence of his dismal running last season. Neither the fans or franchise missed him when he left. What happened in CIncy after Gruden? They were ranked in the top ten rushing.

        You’re right about the options on scheme against the Detroit defense but oh so wrong about Gruden. He needs help coaching this team hence this years hires

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 24, 2015 at 8:14 PM

      They actually ran some read option with cousins and hopefully we’ll see this with RG3 in the regular season

      You’re right about RG3 in he has little say in what offense to run.

      • timwillhidetimwillhide - Aug 25, 2015 at 12:48 AM

        That’s what I think is so jacked up about the play calling. They call plays for McCoy and Cousins that RG3 would excel at and call straight drop backs with little protectionfor RG3.

  6. realfan82 - Aug 24, 2015 at 1:20 PM

    as a new member of the rgmeknee3andout3-13 stinks club, id say kirk has more upside but it’s sad that we’re already talking about this after game 2 in the preseason. Here’s to AA meetings being full of redskins fans.

    • brucefan1 - Aug 24, 2015 at 3:04 PM

      Too soon to be talking about who Griffin’s backup should be? (That is the topic of the article, right?)

      Okay then, when IS a good time to have that conversation “realfan”, (and, as a “realfan”, we now know better than to question your bona fides) because I agree it probably could wait till the start of the season.

      • shermanp79 - Aug 24, 2015 at 7:42 PM

        lets wait till the season starts and we are 0-3 scoring 10 pts a game lol

        • brucefan1 - Aug 24, 2015 at 8:15 PM

          Ummm… 0-3 would hafta be AFTER the start of the season, Paul. (Wouldn’t it? Or am I reading you wrong?)

          Why would they ever wait THAT long to decide who Griffin’s backup was going be? I should think having that guy in place by opening day would be better, no?

  7. Connie - Aug 24, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    After Sunday’s game my wish is for a back-up Head Coach!

    • skinsgame - Aug 24, 2015 at 3:59 PM

      Well, the coach might be wishing for a back up fan in your case because, the game was Thursday. Sunday was practice.

      • firesnyder - Aug 24, 2015 at 4:15 PM


        • warpath1 - Aug 24, 2015 at 6:27 PM

          I’ll have what Connie is having

  8. Teresa - Aug 24, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    If this were a real QB competition, RGIII would lose, hands down. I am beyond angry that he was annointed #1 after we were promised a competition. Its clear Gruden has little pull in terms of decision making. Thats a recipe for disaster!! Get ready for a dismal, losing season everyone. Unless RGIIIs injured.

  9. celeoinc - Aug 24, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    I want RG3 to be the starter, but he needs to be on the move in order to be effective. I have no doubt that he has a much better chance of getting hurt if he stay in the pocket. I also have no doubt that Kirk Cousins is the best QB for Gruden – Bengals system. Believe or not, but the worst game by a QB last year playing for the Skins was that game against the Rams. Maybe he was hurt, but Colt was terrible.

    • Skulb - Aug 24, 2015 at 3:44 PM

      Colt vs the Rams, Kirk vs New York and Robert vs Tampa weren´t exactly good commercials for either of them.

      • bangkokben - Aug 24, 2015 at 4:42 PM

        True, they all had stinkers. I’d interchange Tennessee for New York for Cousins. As much as everyone wants to harp on his interceptions in that game, the defense lost the game at the coin flip and couldn’t stop Eli Manning at all.

  10. fwhalstead1 - Aug 24, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Well RG3 should be backing up Kirk Cousins because Kirk is the best QB on the roster right now. What does that really mean? Instead of 4 wins under Robert you probably get 7….but Robert is not a starting QB in the traditional sense and I don’t think any of us, coaches, fans, or management, need to see him play any more to know that. It be best to give Robert a chance somewhere else, ride or die with Kirk as the starter, and have Colt be his backup for the full year, no matter what happens. RG3 doesn’t exist anymore – he died on the field at FedEx in the 2012 playoff game. What’s left is Robert and he is hot garbage. Time to move on and there is a very good chance that Baltimore will crush him so bad that he will be injured and unable to take the field week 1. If that happens then I don’t think Robert should be allowed to play at all this upcoming year. Save that 16 million on that option for some other need on the team!

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 24, 2015 at 8:08 PM

      Notify the coach of these facts since apparently they are behind you and others on the QB race. Apparently all the practices they see and film they review doesn’t add up to what you guys have found from two preseason games played on limited series.

      • fwhalstead1 - Aug 26, 2015 at 8:49 PM

        Well in all fairness I attended a LOT of camp this year and he looked like he was progressing right up until he went LIVE against Houston…was there for all of it and he looked liked 2103/2014 Robert…look this isn’t a shot at Robert per say he just will never be a pocket QB in the real sense of the word…he CONTINUES to read his RECEIVERS and NOT the DEFENSE….he’s done…I’ve seen it with my own eyes and 11 on 11 and 7 on 7 ain’t LIVE action…and his previous skillset is LONG GONE! Skins QB spot is TOAST with him as the starter and they have said and done EVRYTHING to build his confidence…it’s a lost cause and the time to change is NOW! Chances are no matter what the Skins will be yet again drafting a QB in round 1 next year unless of course Cousins starts and over comes his TO habit…I’d rather see what he has for a full year than to continue to watch Robert take a BEATING! Not banking on Kirk either BUT he commands and runs the offense 1000% better than Robert…and before you come back with the running with bthe #2 stuuf let us not forget he is also playing WITH 2nd string guys…

  11. firesnyder - Aug 24, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Agree that Cousins is the best on the roster now. Think he starts in Week 3. Cousins just need to work on his internal monologue, especially after he throws a pickle and not staring down WRs. Cousins gets the ball out quick, makes (mostly) good decisions and can throw the ball into some ridiculously tight spaces. As a former RGme3andOut3-13 fan, I have had no choice but to move on. Robert has had plenty of starts. Lets get Captain Kirk in there for the rest of the season.

    • shermanp79 - Aug 24, 2015 at 7:49 PM

      all a young guy learning to play. if he actually started a full season we may not be having these conversations but glad your coming around because some are so blind with rg3 it drives me crazy……just find excuses once again. bottom line gruden is forced to start rg3 and its the only position without the real competition gruden and scot have hammered home. will look bad to all the players

  12. bangkokben - Aug 24, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    This article is about the #2 QB. Scot McC will be the one that makes the call on when or if Griffin is done. It won’t be after the 2nd preseason game after months of working Griffin as the starter, it won’t be after the 1st or 2nd game of the year, it won’t be after the first four games and perhaps not even after eight games. The only thing that will change that plan is injury. Remember Eli Manning’s first season? Kurt Warner had the team in playoff contention before switching to Manning half-way through the season. The QB situation is not about who can win the most games right now but who gives you the best chance to compete for a conference title when this team is ready. McC is giving Griffin every opportunity to progress to that level this year and perhaps next year. He’ll make the call. Until then, run the ball, PROTECT the quarterback, and play stout defense. What’s happening now with Griffin, should’ve happened his first year. There was a work stoppage in the off season and Shanahan was desperate to win games and prove he knew a thing or two about quarterbacks.

    • warpath1 - Aug 24, 2015 at 6:33 PM

      Hopefully scot is figureing out what qb he will target in the draft next year, and who will get us by another year until they are ready. Maybe one of our current qbs will keep that person on the bench a while, probably not

  13. TheHogs - Aug 24, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    Interesting how people still go crazy over what the Redskins do in the preseason even though there’s no proof that preseason performance — either as a team or as an individual — reliably predicts regular season performance. (You could perhaps put a little bit of stock into new QBs that play well in the preseason, and that’s just a little bit of stock.) Griffin could be throwing TDs on every single preseason pass; fans need to rememeber that it’s the preseason, and it’s only meaningful for players who are trying to make the team and the NFL’s revenue.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 24, 2015 at 7:32 PM

      What right do you have making such a sensible comment :)

      RG3 has been declared done by many here from these games and it’s clear to them Preaseason solidifies proof he can’t play QB. Those here have spoken so it must be true. In the land of football loonies it is you my friend that has lost your mind

      • TheHogs - Aug 24, 2015 at 7:51 PM

        I suppose you’re right.

        Never mind the preseason — you can’t make much sense of the NFL during the regular season; it has to be the hardest popular American pro sports league to analyze and predict.

      • fwhalstead1 - Aug 26, 2015 at 8:56 PM

        Well I certainly won’t comment for all but 2013 and 2014 are enough for me…throw in the camp this year against Houston in LIVE action that I witnessed personally there has been ZERO improvement in Robert as a pocket QB…unless they pull the old switcheroo and go straight pistol/zone read in the regular season, I and 90% of Skins fans (look at the comments and the polls) concur that it is time to move on! Not to mention the overwhelming pool of GM’s and scouts who suggest that Robert is HOT GARBAGE!

  14. redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 24, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    Tom Brady was 2 of 5 for 13 yards on 3 series. Who finds this inexcusable warranting a possible QB controversy with Garopollo? Garopollo is clearly ahead of Brady and the better QB since he went 26 of 33 for 269 yards. the QBR clearly indicates this and I fully expect Brady on the bench during the regular season

  15. Mike - Aug 24, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    Remember people, Cousins and McCoy are looking good but are playing with 2nd/3rd stringers. It just seems like they don’t want to block for RGIII, but if they gave him the protection as a Brady, Rogers, Manning we wouldn’t be worried about whose our back up or having this conversation…JUST GIVE RGIII SOME PROTECTION AND HE’LL BE SUCCESSFUL, GUARANTEED!!!!

    • Rich Tandler - Aug 24, 2015 at 7:45 PM

      Rogers gets horrible protection; Brady’s is just OK. Not saying line doesn’t need to get better but good QBs learn to deal with pressure.

      • hk2000 - Aug 25, 2015 at 10:22 AM

        I watch Brady ROUTINELY stand STILL- only moving his head left and right- until finding an open receiver, which usually takes SEVERAL seconds while there is at least 2 yards of open space all around him. I don’t know how good that line is in absolute terms, but Brady consistently has several seconds to throw the ball w/o any pressure whatsoever, maybe the defenses are afraid of the referees and just won’t touch him, but that is a fact!! I don’t know what the hell everybody is watching when it comes to Brady- He is average at best in any other system- even Cassle had similar pocket freedom under Belichick, that’s why I’m always harping on SCHEME which is a foreign concept to our idiot coach.

        • TheHogs - Aug 25, 2015 at 10:41 AM

          Brady’s quick decision-making helps to make up for deficiencies in his team’s offesnive line. Rodgers isn’t as quick with his decision-making, but his mobility is among the league’s best.

          However, you bring up a good point that Mr. Tandler missed. Coaching and scheme are certaintly important, and I think they’re weaknesses with the Redskins.

        • hk2000 - Aug 25, 2015 at 9:04 PM

          I’m talking standing still for several seconds- at least 3+ sec, what quick decision making? NE and GB O Line is like a well oiled machine, everybody says bad OL in GB, but the way the line/QB interact and create extra time and room for him to run around until he finds the open receiver is all part of the scheme. RG3 drops back and the line collapses on him faster than he can run backwards- there is no scheme, no coordination, no line cohesion whatsoever!!!

  16. ezpkns34 - Aug 24, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    #2 QB should be Cousins. Of course, that means Colt should be the starter…

  17. obxskins - Aug 24, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    Amazing how 2 people can watch the same thing and have two different opinions of what happened…I dont see a franchise QB in Colt..sorry…and, honestly, I dont see one in Kirk…I do believe Kirk can run the offense like say a Brad Johnson and win…his mentality will be the key when he throws a pick!…imho!

    • wncskinsfan - Aug 25, 2015 at 12:14 AM

      I don’t see a franchise QB on our roster either. Least likely to get killed? Kirk.

  18. harbourimages - Aug 24, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    How about RGMe as the backup QB? Or do we have to go through yet another embarrassing season before little Danny cuts this loser loose?

  19. goback2rfk - Aug 25, 2015 at 12:07 AM

    I am going with Cousins just because he has the biggers upside potenital. Cousins could go out and throw 375 yds 4 TD and 2 INTs
    McCoy does not put up the gaughty numbers im lookin for. I think cut McCoy

  20. timwillhidetimwillhide - Aug 25, 2015 at 12:59 AM

    Ive actually seen video breakdowns of all 3 QBs from last year and McCoy actually comes out on top. All around play McCoy is better now with the plays being called for him. RG3 does have the better upside and talent and with better play calling suited to what RG3 does best, Play Action, Bootlegs, Spread, Pistol, Read Option, and Hurry Up we would see better play from him and the Oline. These Plays/Formationswould slow the Pass Rush, but instead Gruden calls these for McCoy and Cousins and calls mostly straight dropbacks for RG3 it’s ridiculous.

  21. sidepull - Aug 25, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    In 2012 it was pretty much the norm with the media to state that the Redskins had one of the best QB/Bup QB situations in the NFL.

    That it has regressed this quickly, into quicksand, slowly sinking ever further into oblivion is really just a series of bad breaks for the Redskins.

    Rg3s is scrutinized constantly with no break. Its just never ending.

    Colt is a back up and will always be a back up is what I think but I am just a fan. I know others think he is the man for the job.

    Cousins had the job handed to him on a silver platter, blew it, and now may never get another fair shot at the top spot.

    To be a QB in Washington right now in this climate with everybody hating on the Redskins is a tough job. That is until one of them , or somebody else comes in here and starts winning games. I personally think either RG3 or Cousins would fare better elsewhere. McCoy I dont think it really matters. Hes just grateful to have a job.

    RG3 is the starter. They need to let it play out. The QB carosel from last yer was just horrible, except for that win in Dallas….Let Rg3 play this year out, let McCoy back up, hope Cousins shows good in the rest of the preseason and trade him for something. .

    • hk2000 - Aug 25, 2015 at 10:33 AM

      All the QB talk is moot as long as Gruden is in charge!!! End of story.

  22. Jeffrey Payne - Aug 25, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    McCoy is the better option. His accuracy is better and he doesn’t let his nerves get him rattled the only negative is his arm strength but I’d rather have him than the turn over prince of the league

  23. Skinzfan4evr - Aug 25, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    What I don’t get is why is there no competition for the number one spot , why have they not had the opportunity to give RG a run , make RG fight for the right to be the starter , let them all have the opportunity to show their talent , I don’t care if he is the franchise QB , we are rebuilding for a reason , that reason is to win football games , period .

    I like coach Gruden , I like the moves we have made to this point but this , this is not taking advantage of our off season and figuring out just who is our best option at QB .

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