The Washington Redskins have benched starting quarterback Robert Griffin III and will start backup Colt McCoy against the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday.
Last week’s 17-13 road loss to the San Francisco 49ers was the last straw for Griffin, who has largely struggled this season while continuing to battle injuries. That comes down to the 3-8 Redskins just not being very good – specifically, the offensive line has struggled mightily this season in pass-protection. Two weeks ago, RG3 was sacked six times and threw an interception in a disappointing 27-7 home loss to the then 1-8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden held nothing back in his post-game comments when evaluating Griffin’s performance two Sundays ago:
“Robert had some fundamental flaws. His footwork was below average. He took three-step drops when he should have taken five. He took a one-step drop when he should have taken three, on a couple occasions, and that can’t happen. He stepped up when he didn’t have to step up and stepped into pressure. He read the wrong side of the field a couple times. So from his basic performance just critiquing Robert it was not even close to being good enough to what we expect from the quarterback position.”
Later in the press conference, Griffin makes comments that were questionable in context:
“If you want to look at the good teams in this league and the great quarterbacks, the Peytons (Manning) and the Aaron Rodgers, those guys don’t play well if their guys don’t play well,” Griffin said.
In response to Griffin’s controversial answer in the presser, media outlets ran stories implying that RG3 called out teammates.
McCoy has already stepped into a relief role this season, replacing the incumbent-to-the-incumbent Kirk Cousins on Oct. 19 against the Titans, a game the Redskins won 19-17. The next week, McCoy led the Redskins to a 20-17 OT upset win against the Cowboys in Dallas on Monday Night Football.
According to Pro-Football Reference: Griffin has completed 69% of his passes this season, but has only a 7.5 yards-per-pass-attempt. In comparison, McCoy has completed 85.7% of his passes (36-for-42 in a game-and-a-half) with 9.97 yards-per-pass-attempt.