Joe Theismann thinks the Washington Redskins should bench their franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III in favor of Kirk Cousins.
Theismann isn't alone in this notion, either. Fans and pundits alike are buying into Cousins over RG3. The last time this many people got behind a Joe Theismann pitch, he was selling Super Beta Prostate.
Griffin struggled in the team's third preseason game Saturday, a 23-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. He put up a 27.1 passer rating, never found the end zone, and tossed an interception. Griffin left that game with the Redskins down 13-3. Cousins went 14-for-20, capped off by an impressive 80-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.
The question Sunday – and let's face it, the rest of the week – is whether Griffin truly deserves the starting job Week 1. That discussion – let's face it – is utterly ridiculous.
Cousins is an excellent backup quarterback. He might even be better than some starting quarterbacks this year (I'm looking at you, Brian Hoyer). But what Cousins did against the Baltimore Ravens' second team defense isn't indicative of anything meaningful. A backup quarterback beat a backup defense.
Is that performance truly worthy of Washington's starting job?
To alarmist Redskins fans and the king of prostates, maybe. To any rational mind, Griffin is still No. 1, and will be until he is no longer physically able to play. RG3 has struggled mightily this preseason, there's no contesting that. When September 7th rolls around, the Redskins will be 0-0 like everyone else.
Because the preseason doesn't matter, Washington.
The Redskins traded three first-round draft picks for Griffin. They've built their team around him. They hired a coaching staff around him. Every decision the Redskins have made over the last two and a half years has centered around RG3.
The notion that he should now be booted before the start of his third season is just silly.