Looks like Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden has one more thing to be thankful for tomorrow: Robert Griffin III is being demoted from the starting quarterback position and backup Colt McCoy will get the start against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
Robert Griffin III has played terribly this season. He was injured in week two and missed six games. Since coming back, he’s missed open receivers, thrown the ball right to defenders, and has been sacked a whopping 16 times. The Redskins have lost all three games since Griffin returned to the starting lineup, first to the Minnesota Vikings, then to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and most recently, to the San Fransisco 49er’s.
Colt McCoy started two games for the Redskins before Griffin came back. He played much better than RG3. The Redskins won both games when McCoy was under center, first against the Dallas Cowboys on the road and then to the Tennessee Titans at home.
McCoy never should have been benched for Griffin. A player who’s playing well should never be replaced by another player just because the other player is no longer injured. The only time a player should be inserted back into the starting lineup, regardless of the reason they left the starting lineup, is if it’s believed they will play better than the player they are replacing.
Did anyone think Robert Griffin III was going to play better than Colt McCoy has been playing?The better choice would have been to allow Colt McCoy to continue playing until he started to play badly, then put a healthy Griffin back into the starting lineup. The thing is, I don’t think the decision was ever up to Gruden. The Redskins gave up so much to get Griffin, three first-round picks and one second-round pick, I think owner Dan Snyder has been insisting that Griffin be the starter. If I’m right, it looks like Snyder has finally yielded to common sense and will allow Gruden play who he wants.
Jay Gruden will probably get fired at the end of this season, not because he deserves to be fired, but because that’s just what happens to head coaches who work for Dan Snyder. They tend to get fired. Considering that, Gruden should at least be allowed to play who he wants to play.