The NFC East has morphed from one of the worst divisions in all of football, to arguably one of the strongest. The Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys are tied for the NFL’s best record at 5-1, and even though the New York Giants looked bad this past Sunday, they still sit at 3-3 and have had some impressive moments. Unfortunately, one team in the division has failed to step up to the plate, the Washington Redskins. The Redskins looked much improved after a 41-10 Week 2 and despite Robert Griffin III being hurt, Kirk Cousins inspired much confidence after his performances in Weeks 2 and 3. But after his second terrible game in three weeks, some are beginning to question whether Cousins is capable of leading the team.
Cousins threw three interceptions in the Redskins’ loss to the Arizona Cardinals this Sunday. This comes after he threw four interceptions in the Week 4 loss to the New York Giants. Following this week’s subpar performance Redskins commentator Brian Mitchell suggested that the Redskins may need to bench Cousins as reported by Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post on October 13:
“And I think we have to hold Kirk to the same standard we held Robert to. And if Kirk Cousins can’t get the job done, then there’s another quarterback sitting there […] If you can’t get it done in the fourth quarter — when that’s when you make your name — then it’s time for them to start trying to see if the rest of the guys on this team can play. Colt McCoy is the next guy out there. I don’t see what the problem would be.”
For a time, many were wondering whether Cousins should be the Redskins quarterback even when Griffin was back healthy, but Pro Football Talk says his performance has ensured that question will no longer be asked:
“Benching Cousins for McCoy probably isn’t something Gruden would consider. But Gruden is also probably no longer considering keeping Cousins at the helm once Griffin heals. If nothing else, Cousins has removed any doubt that there shouldn’t be a quarterback controversy in Washington.”
Despite some nice statistical performances, the fact remains that Cousins is only 1-7 as a starter in the NFL. He has also thrown three or more interceptions twice this season. RGIII has never thrown three picks in a game.
While there is no longer a question on who the Redskins quarterback of the future should be, the team still has a long way to go to return to relevance. Something they need to figure out quickly in this improved division.