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. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) All logos are the trademark & property of their owners and not Sports Reference LLC. Washington Redskins starting quarterback Kirk Cousins (8), grimaces as he throws the ball during the NFL football team’s minicamp at the Redskins … (Journeyman Colt McCoy is viewed strictly as a backup, people in Washington's football operation say.). : 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. Sign Cousins to a long-term deal.. The problem is, Cousins' failure to protect the football remains a problem. The Redskins acquired four players in picks acquired by trade: WR Josh Doctson, DE Matt Ioannidis, QB Nate Sudfeld and LB Steven Daniels. Jan 3, 2016 Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins broke the franchise record for passing yards in a single season Sunday. 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. 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. The three trades completed by the Redskins during the 2016 NFL Draft were the team's most during a draft since 2011 (four). 28, 2016. 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. "He's obviously shown some flashes of being one heck of a quarterback," coach Jay Gruden said of Cousins earlier this week. In four of Washington's seven games, Cousins has thrown two interceptions. "You, like, scratch your head sometimes," Gruden said. He has eight touchdowns on such throws this season, tied for the most in the NFL. Even if Gruden had the backing of management to try to develop another young passer, the fan base might not be as understanding.  (Schedule and Results), Other Notable Asst. That means that the Redskins go into 2016 with Kirk Cousins, McCoy, and, well, nobody. — Washington Redskins (@Redskins) August 4, 2016 Putting a tight end at quarterback may sound like a doomsday scenario for any NFL team, … Sep 12, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) is hit by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker L.J. Here are their options: This idea could gain traction, especially if Cousins racks up a few more fourth-quarter gems. Question, Comment, Feedback, or Correction? How many more games he … Are you a Stathead, too? It could be drafting a QB and acquiring one through free agency. Gruden inherited a mess, but he can't fall back on that forever. Next season will be Gruden's third of a guaranteed five-year contract. 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. And as long as Griffin remains with the team, there's a chance he could lead it again. Subscribe to our Free Newsletter, This Month in Sports ReferenceFind out when we add a feature or make a change. All rights reserved. Acquire a veteran quarterback through a trade or free agency. 1. Watch our How-To Videos to Become a Stathead, Subscribe to Stathead and get access to more data than you can imagine. Earlier this week, colleague Mike Sando ran down a list of quarterbacks who could change teams in 2016. Bon Secours Training Center (Richmond, Virginia). By Gabe Ward Apr 17, 2016, 9:31am EDT The Redskins drafted Sudfeld in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. 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. 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. Go back to Griffin.. At the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last week, neither Redskins Coach Jay Gruden nor President Bruce Allen closed the door on quarterback Alex … Presumably, having to hold a rookie's hand would make Gruden's job much more difficult. Kirk Cousins was later named the starter for the … NFC East Division 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. When you stand on a table for someone who is not the owner's choice, your guy had better succeed. the official stats partner of the NFL. This idea could gain traction, especially if Cousins racks up a few more... 2. Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. As NFL history tells us, most rookie quarterbacks struggle. Considering Griffin's injury history (he has had two knee reconstructions and a severe ankle injury), picking up the option made no sense. 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. Went from talk of ‘What’s wrong with Aaron Rodgers?’ to running the table … The Washington Redskins took quarterback Nate Sudfeld in round six of the 2016 NFL Draft. Gruden has a lot invested in Cousins, who has led the team to a 3-4 mark entering its bye week. In the final year of his rookie contract, Cousins is a bargain at $660,000. 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. The Redskins have 10 players on the season-ending injured reserve list. 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. For Gruden, this would be the worst choice. But the Redskins do crazy stuff all the time. Former Redskins QB Robert Griffin III visits Browns. Although Washington's football people are ready to move on from Griffin, he's still on the roster. In another head-scratcher, they exercised Griffin's $16.155 million contract option for 2016 despite his ineffectiveness the past two seasons. 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. 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. 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. Or write about sports? 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. Cousins entered Week … Ultimately, it could become the most important decision McCloughan makes. 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. Do you have a blog? 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 It could be to keep Cousins and draft a QB. 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. 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. Griffin and his father pushed for changes in the offense under former coach Mike Shanahan. 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. ... 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. We have tools and resources that can help you use sports data. His remaining on the roster may have less to do with his performance throughout the … By Conor Orr Around The NFL Writer; Published: March 19, 2016 at 05:36 p.m. 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. 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The fear among Washington's football people is that, if Cousins falters, Snyder and Allen will push for Griffin to start again this season. A transcript of Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins' press conference Jul. Record: 8-7-1, 3rd in 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. You don't finish last in the NFC East six of the past seven seasons by making sound decisions. Here's what the numbers mean: Cousins definitely is the best option on the roster to run Gruden's offense. We present them here for purely educational purposes. 4. 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? It could be to keep Cousins, draft a QB, and add one via free agency or trade, thus setting up a true competition. 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