Redskins players ready to go with Kirk Cousins

Redskins players ready to go with Kirk Cousins
December 11, 2013, 5:30 pm
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RGIII on Cousins: 'I'll be there for him'

Hours after Robert Griffin III was benched for the remainder of the season, his teammates expressed compassion for the situation the Redskins’ quarterback finds himself in.

They also expressed confidence in Kirk Cousins’ ability to lead them. 

“I know he’s probably going to be pissed,” wide receiver Santana Moss said of Griffin. “I would be pissed. But at the end of the day, you have to take a positive out of it, if you are put in that situation. Robert knows he’s going to be here. Robert knows he has time to correct everything he did this year that he don’t feel like he was at his best with.”

Moss added: “I’ve been through this before. …It’s been a tough season, no player—and I do believe no player—want to be in Robert’s situation right now. You feel for him having to go through it. But at the end of the day, if it’s going to help, take a little off him and give him a little more a time to say, ‘Okay, you know what? This season is behind me. Let’s get ready for next year.’”
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The players said the team learned about the quarterback switch in a team meeting Wednesday.

“We all want to play,” linebacker London Fletcher said. “It’s a situation where we’ll try to be there and support him. You’ll just try to support him any way you can. It’s going to be extremely difficult for him, having been a starting quarterback and now having to sit and watch and know that you’re not going to have an opportunity to pay these next three games.”

Fletcher said Griffin ran the scout team during practice.

“I don’t think his demeanor displayed any frustration,” Fletcher said of Griffin’s attitude in practice.

Four days from now, Cousins will get the second start of his NFL career—and several teammates said they’ll go into game confident that he’s capable of directing a winning effort.
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“We all know Kirk can play,” Fletcher said. “He proved his abilities last year. He went into the Baltimore game and was able to get us to a comeback win in that game. Then he started the game against Cleveland and played really well. Guys know Kirk can play; we see him every day out on the practice field.”

Wide receiver Pierre Garçon said he tried to see the switch as any other personnel move. 

“There’s no real reaction,” Garçon said. “Coach is going to make decisions and we just have to live with it and deal with it. Whatever he decides, we support him 100-percent.”

Garçon added: “After a team is losing so many times, you have to expect change. …You have to expect some things are going to happen. And it happened.”

Garçon also said the switch could give the team a boost of energy.

“It definitely gives the team new energy,” he said. “It definitely can’t hurt us. We’ve been working hard. Coach sees something we can improve on and he’s definitely making a move for it.”