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Jay Gruden confirms Robert Griffin III is Washington’s starter

Robert Griffin III

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III smiles on the sideline after the Redskins defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 27-24 in an NFL football game Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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You wouldn’t think the pecking order for Washington quarterbacks would be that much of a question.

Of course, the play of both Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins has made it a topic, so coach Jay Gruden felt compelled to spell it out Wednesday.

Gruden said a few moments ago at the NFL Scouting Combine that Griffin would in fact enter next season as his starter.

“We’ll obviously go into season with Robert as our No. 1 guy,” Gruden said, though noting “it’s up to Robert to improve.”

Gruden also emphasized that there were things he could do as a head coach to help the process, as they’ve hired Matt Cavanaugh as quarterbacks coach after not having one a year ago.

He also downplayed reports of Cousins working out with his brother Jon in Tampa, saying that had no bearing on anything happening with the team. He said he didn’t know about it, and said players can do whatever they want “on their own nickel.”