Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, March 26, 35 days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock at the NFL draft.
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I’m not answering a specific question today. Instead, I’m combining about half a dozen or so questions on the subject of the status of Robert Griffin III as the Redskins’ starting quarterback.
In a couple of sessions with reporters during the owners meetings in Arizona, Jay Gruden did supply some clarity to the situation, at least to the extent that it can be clarified in late March.
“He’s got the starting job right now,” Gruden said of Griffin Monday. “Hopefully he takes it and runs with it.” He reiterated that line of thinking on Wednesday.
So what does that mean? It seems like it boils down to the starting quarterback job is Griffin’s to lose.
He will get the first-team reps in OTAs and when training camp starts, according to Gruden. But it is not clear that he will get them when the regular season starts. That’s when him having the job “right now” comes into play as well has his need to “run with it”.
Gruden did not give any specifics about what the meant by “run with it”. But it’s safe to conclude that if he frequently is hesitant on pulling the trigger on passes during training camp like he was in 2014 or if he has a preseason game like he had in Baltimore last year he would be in jeopardy of being replaced by either Kirk Cousins or Colt McCoy.
This is different from what the situation has been for the three years that Griffin has been in the league. Going into each of those three seasons there was no question that Griffin would be behind center in Week 1, health permitting (or even when his health made it not such a good idea).
As Griffin takes the first-team snaps, McCoy and Cousins will share the others, Gruden said on Wednesday. Although it won’t be a quarterback competition in the traditional sense, with two QB’s splitting the first-team reps and the coach declaring a winner at some point, there still will be very much a competitive situation. If Griffin plays his way out of the job, whoever is deemed to be ahead between Cousins and McCoy will move into the starting quarterback job.
The ideal situation for the team would be for Griffin to get a firm hold on the job and start to get back to the level of effectiveness that he had when he earned rookie of the year honors in 2012. If not, and if Cousins and McCoy don’t turn out to be the answer, the Redskins could be starting from scratch at the quarterback position in 2016. And that is not where any team wants to be in a league where quality quarterbacks are scarce wants to be.
—It’s been 88 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 171 days until they play another one.
—Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 25; 2015 NFL Draft 35; Redskins training camp starts 126
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