Could Kirk Cousins dethrone RG3 as the Redskins' franchise QB?
However, Griffin injured his knee in Week 14 of his rookie campaign, and Cousins was called on as the backup. Not only did Cousins complete 2-of-2 passes for 26 yards, a touchdown, and a two-point conversion in relief of Griffin, but also started the following game, completing 26-of-37 passes for 329 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. After his stellar spot start, Cousins became a hot name on the trade market.
Though the Redskins probably would have considered trading him for a second- or third-round pick, Griffin's devastating knee injury in the wild card round of the playoffs prompted the team to keep Cousins around as insurance, just in case Griffin's knee did not heal in a timely fashion. Griffin ended up being "ready" for opening weekend, but as I am sure you have heard, was shut down before the Redskins' Week 15 game in an effort to maintain his health going into the offseason.
A lot of eyes were on Cousins in Week 15, as he remains a trade candidate heading into the 2014 offseason. Teams in search of a franchise quarterback could very well be interested in parting with as high as a second-round pick to pry Cousins from Washington. Cousins did not disappoint in Week 15, as he erupted in his opportunity to show off his stuff, gashing the Atlanta Falcons for 381 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions.
I am sure that the Redskins wanted Cousins to play well, but they may not be happy with the speculation that could be brought to the team's quarterback situation. Cousins' 381 yards were more than Griffin has logged in a single game all season, and the three touchdowns tied Griffin's season high. Through 13 starts, Griffin topped Cousin's Week 15 passer rating and completion percentage just four times each. Griffin's struggles this season combined with Cousin's great game are bound to bring on the question, could the Redskins go into the offseason with Cousins as their quarterback of the future?