One thing that Jay Gruden wanted to make sure of last night was that there would be no question that Kirk Cousins is still his starting quarterback after last nights 32-21 loss to the Giants last night.
He was asked if he considered putting Colt McCoy into the game at any time as Cousins struggled, throwing two interceptions and missing a number of other throws that cost the team yards and points.
“Kirk was fine, we’ve got to play better around him,” said Gruden. “There is not quarterback controversy.”
But should there be?
Cousins has done nothing special in his three games as a starter. At times he has played within himself and he has done what they were asking of him. At other times he has tried to do too much, like when he threw a third-quarter interception on a first-down pass he never should have thrown. And at other times, like when he twice misfired when he had Jordan Reed open in the end zone for touchdowns.
Gruden is absolutely right when he says that the play around Cousins needs to improve. Special teams cost the team the Miami game and they got things off to a bad start last night when they allowed a blocked punt for a touchdown. The defense held up pretty well for three quarters against the Giants until the damn broke with two Eli Manning touchdown passes.
But the whole team stunk around Robert Griffin III, too, when he was first verbally berated by Gruden and then benched. Now, with his job possibly on the line, Gruden is doing his best to keep up Cousins’ spirits.
“Kirk’s got to do better, we’ve all got to do better,” said Gruden.
If Cousins and everybody else don’t start doing better soon, the Redskins will be staring at another lost season very quickly? Perhaps Gruden needs to start stirring up some controversy if he wants to be around to see another year.
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