Redskins Bench Robert Griffin III For Colt McCoy
An era could be ending in Washington, as the Redskins have reportedly decided to bench starting quarterback Robert Griffin III in favor of backup Colt McCoy.
It was a decision long in the making, as Robert Griffin III struggled out of the gates in a week one loss and was never able to find his footing following a return from a dislocated ankle.
The team will turn to McCoy for what looks like the remainder of the 2014 NFL season, with the intention of working with RG3 to return in 2015 with improved mechanics and more confidence.
The writing had been on the wall from day one of rookie head coach Jay Gruden’s arrival. Gruden had been vocal about his lack of experience with read option packages – a specific strength to Robert Griffin III’s game. Gruden suggested there would be much less read option and that RG3 would simply have to adapt to his offense.
Most people figured if Gruden could make Andy Dalton a passable quarterback with the Cincinnati Bengals, he’d have little trouble doing the same with RG3, who appeared to have twice as much talent.
Things haven’t gone as planned. Robert Griffin III seemed to continue to lose confidence stemming from a disasatrous 2013 campaign, while he still never looked to be all the way back from a serious knee injury he sustained at the end of his rookie season.
ESPN‘s Adam Schefter broke the news about RG3’s benching, but expressed confidence that the Redskins still see Robert Griffin III as a “significant” part of their future plans. Whether that means he sticks around as the franchise passer in 2015 or is part of a huge trade down the line, of course, remains to be seen.
While the news is somewhat of a surprise, it can’t be all that shocking. In fact, it should be a welcomed decision by most Redskins fans. McCoy was responsible for the team’s only win in the past six games and RG3 never looked comfortable in what has amounted to a lost season.
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