Nov 7, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (12) against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Redskins 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Redskins Will Bench RG3 In Favor of Kirk Cousins This Week

Per multiple reports, the Washington Redskins’ sinking ship is now turning to a new captain. While the whole world collectively gasped at the thought of RG3 missing this season about a year ago this time because of a knee injury, it turns out that the Redskins may have been just as well off to let him fully recover from such a devastating ordeal instead of let him rush himself back.

Because of RG3’s rushed (not quick) recovery, he is now being replaced in all likelihood by Kirk Cousins, a fellow class of 2012 QB who has played well in relief of Griffin.

This just reeks of a move from a coach that’s about to get fired. It’s a last-ditch effort by Mike Shanahan to prove that his strategy in last year’s draft wasn’t a complete failure, and he’s now going to his fail-safe.

Robert Griffin has been nothing short of terrible this season, and most of it has to do with his injury. He’s nowhere near as explosive a runner as he was, and because of that fact, the Redskins’ offense can’t get anything going. RG3 has been a shell of the guy we saw last year darting past defenders and throwing rockets down the field with perfect accuracy. Without his speed, the Redskins’ offense that they hope to run simply won’t work, and he looks like he’s played this season at about 80 percent or less.

Credit RG3’s toughness, but this has turned things into a complete mess for Washington.

Giving up a top five pick to the Rams is tough enough, but now this team may not have its solution at QB? Not a good place to be right now. You have to wonder if the Redskins will sell either RG3 or Cousins to the highest bidder this offseason to recoup some of their draft pick loss from the Griffin trade.

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