Here is what you need to know on this Friday, March 6, four days before the Washington Redskins and the rest of the NFL start free agency.
Question of the day
Every day I’ll give an in-depth answer to a question submitted by a fan on my Twitter feed, via the Real Redskins Facebook page, or in the comments section here. On Twitter address the questions to me at @Rich_TandlerCSN with the #NTK hashtag. There will be a comment thread set up on the Facebook page and if you’re asking your question here, put “for NTK” at the start of the comment.
Today’s question is from Twitter:
@Rich_TandlerCSN What's the qb situation going to look like week 1— Terrence (@TerrenceNHolman) February 28, 2015
But let’s take it a little farther here. Let’s look at who will be behind center in Week 1, in the middle of the season and for the season finale.
We’ll do what we did when discussing the offensive line yesterday. I have a hypothetical $100 in chips to put on each of the three milestone games we’re talking about here and I’ll put down some of them on each of the possibilities to start at QB. How would I divide up the chips? Here is how my crystal ball shows it right now.
Week 1: Robert Griffin III $85, Kirk Cousins $10, the field $5—Griffin gets the snaps with the first team in OTAs, training camp, and the preseason. It’s hard for me to see him losing the job in that period of time. But if he does look as shaky during training camp practice and as bad in the preseason as he did last year, Cousins could get the nod for the season opener.
Week 8: Griffin $60, Cousins $35, the field $5—I think Gruden will give Griffin a moderately quick hook if he is taking too many sacks and not throwing the ball in rhythm. That would give Cousins a chance to show that he has overcome his turnover issues, assuming that he displayed some improvement in camp and in the preseason. I’m more confident than not that Griffin can show enough improvement to stay behind center but it’s certainly not a slam-dunk. If both Griffin and Cousins are struggling I still that the odds are slim that the third QB, whether he’s a veteran free agent or a draft pick, would be called upon at this point.
Week 17: Griffin $45, Cousins $35, the field $20—Injuries play into this all along but they really are big here because Griffin has never played 16 games (due to injuries two seasons and being “deactivated” in 2013). At this point in the season the “field” QB could be in the lineup to see if he can be the presumptive starter in 2016. Again, I’m fairly confident that Griffin can play well enough to keep the job but at this point in the season the smart thing to do is hedge the bets.
In terms of looking at it right now, who starts the season at QB is the more important consideration. But for the long term of the franchise, who finishes this season will answer more questions.
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—It’s been 68 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 191 days until they play another one.
—Days until: NFL free agency starts 5; Redskins offseason workouts start 45; 2015 NFL Draft 55
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