(SportsNetwork.com) - Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan is reportedly
considering a change in quarterbacks.
Shanahan gave an indication that he might make the switch from Robert Griffin
III to Kirk Cousins on Monday, saying such a move would be to keep Griffin
healthy heading into the offseason. The second-year quarterback made a quick
recovery from major knee surgery performed last January, but has struggled for
most of the 2013 campaign.
Fox Sports, NFL.com and ESPN are all reporting that the change could be made
for at least Sunday's game against Atlanta and possibly for the final three
games of a disastrous season, or for as long as the embattled Shanahan remains
coach. Speculation concerning Shanahan's immediate job status has swirled
The Redskins have followed a surprising division title from 2012 with a likely
last-place finish this year. They've lost five straight games and are just
3-10 heading down the stretch.
Griffin was the NFL's top offensive rookie last year when the Redskins won
their final seven games and captured the NFC East title, but he suffered a
significant knee injury during the team's first-round playoff loss to Seattle
The former Heisman Trophy winner's rehab process during the offseason was the
biggest story for the Redskins heading into training camp.
Griffin has completed 60.1 percent of his passes for 3,230 yards with 16
touchdowns and 12 interceptions this season. His rushing numbers have
plummeted greatly from a year ago, with just 489 this season compared to 815
Cousins, a fourth-round pick by the Redskins a year ago, made one start last
season in place of an injured Griffin and this year has appeared in two games.
He has completed 12-of-25 passes for 107 yards with two interceptions in his
limited action this season.