Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, September 1, Four days before the Washington Redskins make their final cuts.
Griffin remains a Redskin--for now
Robert Griffin III is no longer the Redskins starting quarterback. But he is still a member of the team.
"Robert's on our football team and he's a Washington Redskin,” said Jay Gruden after announcing that Kirk Cousins, not Griffin, will start the season opener against the Dolphins and for the rest of the season. “We believe in Robert. It's a good problem to have to have three quarterbacks that are competing and working their butts off. I feel like all three of them are capable quarterbacks.”
If you parse those words, noting the present tense, there is nothing that commits to the Redskins keeping Griffin beyond today. But later Gruden indicated that Griffin isn’t going anywhere.
“There's been no discussions about letting him go or doing any of that stuff,” said Gruden. “We are going to plan on playing with these three quarterbacks.”
This does not necessarily mean that Griffin will remain on the roster. Nothing is etched in stone when a coach takes the podium. The best posture for a coach or general manager to take is to say that a player is a member of the team in good standing right up until the moment that he is no longer on the team. The happy talk keeps his trade value up and doesn’t alienate the player. You never know what might happen and you might need to change your mind.
A trade seems unlikely due to the injury-guaranteed 2016 option that the Redskins picked up in the spring. But with his value already driven down by being benched there is no point in pushing it down further by saying anything other than your intentions to keep him.
The Redskins can’t do anything to move on from Griffin while he is still under the NFL’s concussion protocol. There really is no decision to make or “discussions” to be had until he is cleared to play. So, until then there is no reason to talk about him as anything but a member in good standing of the Washington Redskins.
But when he is cleared to play, all bets will be off.
—Today’s schedule: Practice 11:00, Jay Gruden news conference and player availability after practice (approx. 1:00)
—It’s been 245 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 12 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.
—Days until: Final cuts 4; Rams @ Redskins 19; Redskins @ Giants Thursday night 23
In case you missed it
- Getting rid of the turnover bug
- Gruden: Kirk Cousins will be starter for 2015 season
- The cost of moving on from RG3
- Redskins trim roster down to 75 after first round of cuts
- Mike Shanahan: Kirk Cousins 'is a franchise quarterback'
- Redskins players don't seem surprised by big QB news
- RG3's Redskin career: How did we get to where we are today?
- Redskins' starting defense cause for concern, not panic
- Redskins go with Kirk Cousins as starter for Week 1