Kirk Cousins is adjusting to a new role this off-season, as for the first time in his career, he is the returning and undisputed starting quarterback for the Redskins heading into 2016. Sign Cousins to a long-term deal.. Record: 8-7-1, 3rd in Kyle Allen will make his first start as the Washington Football Team's quarterback Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams. In the final year of his rookie contract, Cousins is a bargain at $660,000. I know, I know: I just wrote Cousins is the right guy for Gruden, so wouldn't Washington be crazy to recommit to Griffin? Aaron Rodgers recovered from a poor start to throw for two touchdowns, Eddie Lacy and James Starks each ran for a score, and the Packers came back to beat Washington 35-18. His remaining on the roster may have less to do with his performance throughout the … Reid: Who will be Washington's QB in 2016? And as long as Griffin remains with the team, there's a chance he could lead it again. Find out more. Pro-Football-Reference utilizes Official NFL data for current NFL seasons. "He's obviously shown some flashes of being one heck of a quarterback," coach Jay Gruden said of Cousins earlier this week. As the team's third-string quarterback, Griffin is buried on the bench. Demise of the 2020 New York Jets: 13 reasons for 13 losses, Projected 2021 NFL draft order: It's Jets vs. Jaguars for the No. Cousins continued to show improvement in the short-passing system that's predicated on timing and rhythm, prompting Gruden and general manager Scot McCloughan to bench Griffin despite owner Daniel Snyder's affinity for the NFL's 2012 offensive rookie of the year. Former Redskins QB Robert Griffin III visits Browns. The Redskins acquired four players in picks acquired by trade: WR Josh Doctson, DE Matt Ioannidis, QB Nate Sudfeld and LB Steven Daniels. QB: Kirk Cousins * 28: 4: 16: 406 for 606, 4,917 yards, 25 td, 12 int, & 34 rushes for 96 yards and 4 td: Washington Redskins / 4th / 102nd pick / 2012: RB: Robert Kelley : 24: Rook: 9: 168 rushes for 704 yards, 6 td, & 12 catches for 82 yards and 1 td: WR: Pierre Garcon: 30: 8: 16: 79 catches for 1,041 yards, 3 td: Indianapolis Colts / 6th / 205th pick / 2008: WR: DeSean Jackson: 30: 8: 15 The Redskins need a guy in the quarterback room with Haskins, and maybe two. All logos are the trademark & property of their owners and not Sports Reference LLC. Next season will be Gruden's third of a guaranteed five-year contract. : Bill Callahan (Offensive Line), Matt Cavanaugh (Quarterbacks), Perry Fewell (Defensive Backs) and Greg Manusky (Outside Linebackers), Preseason Odds: Super Bowl +2500; O/U: 7.5, Training Camp: Bon Secours Training Center (Richmond, Virginia), Every Sports Reference Social Media Account, Site Last Updated: Tuesday, December 15, 6:53AM. The contract is guaranteed only for injury, meaning the team would be on the hook for Griffin's full salary -- and the cap hit -- if he failed a physical at the start of the league year. — Washington Redskins (@Redskins) August 4, 2016 Putting a tight end at quarterback may sound like a doomsday scenario for any NFL team, … Early in 2014, Gruden determined Griffin cannot thrive in a traditional pro-style offense, let alone one that requires as much of the quarterback as a true West Coast scheme. Only 24 seconds remained on the game clock after Cousins and tight end Jordan Reed connected on a 6-yard touchdown pass to cap an 11-play, 80-yard drive. Sep 12, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) is hit by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker L.J. It could be to keep Cousins, draft a QB, and add one via free agency or trade, thus setting up a true competition. Presumably, having to hold a rookie's hand would make Gruden's job much more difficult. 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Kirk Daniel Cousins (born August 19, 1988) is an American football How will the Redskins address this in the offseason? After a trying year for quarterbacks in Washington, we may as well relive the good days of quarterback stability for the Redskins and power rank the top five quarterbacks in Redskin history.. But Cousins has a respectable 58.8 total QBR, ranking 17th in the league. 1. Deservedly, Gruden has received poor marks for how he criticized Griffin in public last fall compared with his white-glove treatment of Cousins this season. Earlier this week, colleague Mike Sando ran down a list of quarterbacks who could change teams in 2016. Washington Redskins 2016 Draft Profiles: Paxton Lynch, QB Hogs Haven takes a look at 2016 NFL Draft prospects that could contribute to the Redskins. The Washington Redskins have as many quarterbacks who are assured of being on their 2016 roster as they do playoff victories the past nine seasons: zero. Nov 20, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) talks with Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) and Washington Redskins head coach Jay … He opened October by directing a 15-play, 90-yard touchdown drive in the final two minutes to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles, 23-20, punctuating the victory with a 4-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Pierre Garcon. 4. When you stand on a table for someone who is not the owner's choice, your guy had better succeed. 1 pick, Last-play MNF safety swings millions at books, Source: Bucs RB Jones gets pin put in finger, Bears lineman Edwards Jr. charged with assault, Panthers RB McCaffrey expected out vs. Packers, Dobbins deletes tweet after Sendejo concussed, C. 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Redskins Photos | Washington Redskins - Redskins.com 2016 NFL Combine Workouts: Quarterbacks Here's a gallery from the quarterback workouts that took place at the 2016 NFL Combine (AP). The thinking was the move would reduce Griffin's risk of injury, potentially enabling the team to recoup its massive investment in the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, who was guaranteed more than $21 million in his rookie deal. Considering Griffin's injury history (he has had two knee reconstructions and a severe ankle injury), picking up the option made no sense. Data Provided By The Washington Redskins took quarterback Nate Sudfeld in round six of the 2016 NFL Draft. The problem is, Cousins' failure to protect the football remains a problem. (Journeyman Colt McCoy is viewed strictly as a backup, people in Washington's football operation say.). Subscribe to our Free Newsletter, This Month in Sports ReferenceFind out when we add a feature or make a change. Here's what the numbers mean: Cousins definitely is the best option on the roster to run Gruden's offense. 28, 2016. "You, like, scratch your head sometimes," Gruden said. 406 for 606, 4,917 yards, 25 td, 12 int, & 34 rushes for 96 yards and 4 td, 168 rushes for 704 yards, 6 td, & 12 catches for 82 yards and 1 td, 1.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered, 1.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered, 3.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered, 4.5 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered, 0.0 sacks, 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered, 11.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered, 1.0 sacks, 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered, 0.0 sacks, 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered. All rights reserved. Watch our How-To Videos to Become a Stathead, Subscribe to Stathead and get access to more data than you can imagine. Bon Secours Training Center (Richmond, Virginia). On the other hand, bringing in an experienced passer to play the position while McCloughan continues his attempt to rebuild the team's weak roster through the draft might be the best short-term solution to the Redskins' biggest long-term problem. 2016 Washington Redskins Draft Profiles Washington Redskins 2016 Draft Profiles: Connor Cook, QB Hogs Haven takes a look at 2016 NFL Draft prospects that could contribute to the Redskins. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) celebrates at the conclusion of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Monday, Dec. 19, 2016… Sure, they would sign someone off of the street as an extra arm, either an older retread like McCoy or a younger player, perhaps an undrafted free agent. Question, Comment, Feedback, or Correction? Although Washington's football people are ready to move on from Griffin, he's still on the roster. Who will be the Washington Redskins' QB in 2016? Redskins ow that the contractual matters are settled, at least until January, it’s time to see what Kirk Cousins can do in his second season as the Redskins’ starting quarterback. Cousins entered Week … For his closing act in the month, Cousins led the biggest comeback in franchise history. After releasing Griffin III in March, the Redskins rounded out the quarterback depth chart with Sudfeld, a sixth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Do you have a blog? For Gruden, this would be the worst choice. Are you a Stathead, too? Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (16) and wide receiver Rashad Ross (19) celebrate connecting for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the New York Jets, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, in Landover, Md. In another head-scratcher, they exercised Griffin's $16.155 million contract option for 2016 despite his ineffectiveness the past two seasons. The 2015 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 84th season in the National Football League and the second under head coach Jay Gruden and first under general manager Scot McCloughan.Quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a concussion during the second preseason game and consequently missed the rest of the preseason. Kirk Cousins was later named the starter for the … Here is an analysis grading the Redskins pick.  (Schedule and Results), Other Notable Asst. Because Griffin is opposed to playing that way. Copyright © 2000-2020 Sports Reference LLC. We present them here for purely educational purposes. At the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last week, neither Redskins Coach Jay Gruden nor President Bruce Allen closed the door on quarterback Alex … It could be drafting a QB and acquiring one through free agency. The Redskins have 10 players on the season-ending injured reserve list. It could be to keep Cousins and draft a QB. We have tools and resources that can help you use sports data. Aaron Rodgers, Packers. Against the Buccaneers, Cousins went 24-for-26 on passes traveling 5 or fewer yards, including 14-for-15 with three touchdowns in the final two quarters, according to ESPN Stats & Information. How many more games he … A transcript of Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins' press conference Jul. Gruden has a lot invested in Cousins, who has led the team to a 3-4 mark entering its bye week. In the third year of a coach's program, if things are going in the right direction, progress should be evident. Ultimately, it could become the most important decision McCloughan makes. Jan 3, 2016 Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins broke the franchise record for passing yards in a single season Sunday. the official stats partner of the NFL. Acquire a veteran quarterback through a trade or free agency. Too often last season, Griffin displayed an alarming lack of pocket presence, made the wrong protection calls and held the ball while receivers ran free. Hilton and Cam Akers, but don't trust any Steelers, Seattle superstars Sue Bird and Russell Wilson in conversation, Former columnist and Redskins beat writer for Washington Post, Covered multiple beats over 15 years at Los Angeles Times, University of Southern California graduate. Logos were compiled by the amazing SportsLogos.net. Or write about sports? I know, I know: I just wrote Cousins is the right guy for Gruden, so wouldn't Washington be... 3. Join our linker program. Obviously, McCloughan and Gruden would prefer to use Griffin's roster spot, team sources say, on someone who could actually help the team, but Snyder and Redskins president Bruce Allen, who badly mismanaged the roster while he held McCloughan's job, have said Griffin stays put. In four of Washington's seven games, Cousins has thrown two interceptions. Even if Gruden had the backing of management to try to develop another young passer, the fan base might not be as understanding. This idea could gain traction, especially if Cousins racks up a few more... 2. Most data provided by 24-7 Baseball, creators of the ESPN Pro Football Encyclopedia. Here are their options: This idea could gain traction, especially if Cousins racks up a few more fourth-quarter gems. But McCloughan needs to see more consistency from Cousins to recommend sticking with him. With Cousins playing brilliantly in the second half (21-of-25, 3 TDs), the Redskins rallied from a 24-0 second-quarter deficit to stun the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 31-30. Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. Of course, that leads to a question: Why don't the Redskins go back to the college option-style approach that helped Griffin have the most efficient season for a rookie passer in NFL history? ... Having been drafted by the Bills in 2016, CJ only got to throw 11 passes in the NFL regular season. In 2016, Gruden needs to show clear signs he's the right person for his job. The three trades completed by the Redskins during the 2016 NFL Draft were the team's most during a draft since 2011 (four). That means that the Redskins go into 2016 with Kirk Cousins, McCoy, and, well, nobody. After committing six draft picks -- including five in high rounds -- as recently as 2012 to acquire Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins, it's stunning the Redskins lack stability at the game's most important position. But with injury-prone Griffin having been benched for poor play three times in as many seasons by two head coaches, and Cousins, despite signs of promise, still striving for consistency, the Redskins find themselves in a quarterback quandary. On one hand, this would only be a stopgap measure -- generally speaking, difference-making signal-callers aren't available in trades or free agency. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. After Gruden replaced Shanahan after the 2013 season, the Redskins determined it was best for Griffin to play primarily in the pocket. Sudfeld, 6-foot-6, 235 pounds, appeared in 37 games for Indiana over the course of four seasons, collecting 7,879 yards and 66 touchdowns to just 20 interceptions. Obviously, that's not good. NFC East Division Went from talk of ‘What’s wrong with Aaron Rodgers?’ to running the table … By Gabe Ward Apr 17, 2016, 9:31am EDT Griffin and his father pushed for changes in the offense under former coach Mike Shanahan. Long before Gruden announced Cousins would enter the regular season as the starter, Washington's staff had determined Cousins was far ahead of Griffin in operating the Redskins' West Coast offense, people familiar with their thinking say. 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