May 21, 2012; Ashburn, VA, USA; Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley (47) runs with the ball during organized team activities at Redskins Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Former Redskins TE Cooley agrees with decision to sit RGIII


With the recent decision to keep Robert Griffin III on the bench for the rest of the season, there seems to be mixed feelings. Chris Cooley, former Redskins tight end, agrees with the decision to bench the star quarterback. From ESPN,

“Robert shouldn’t be on the field at this point in the season,” Cooley said. “It’s not only because of his health, but in his developmental progress he is regressing. He goes out and gets worse every week and I think it’s going to continue to hurt his confidence.”

That doesn’t mean Cooley is down on Griffin’s future.

“I believe he’s a guy that’s going to be very good,” Cooley said. “And I think he’s shown us over the first year, and I think he’s shown us over parts of this year, that he can grow, that he can develop. He’s a smart kid. But I don’t think he’s doing that at this point in the season, and I think you only hinder his progress and you also increase his chances of getting hurt through the rest of the year if you have him out there.”

Playing Cousins could result in another draft pick. The Redskins lack a first-round pick in 2014.

“Because of this cap-hit situation, they’re lacking talent overall. You see a pretty poor defense, and ultimately it comes down to team speed,” Cooley said. “So if you get a second-round pick out of Kirk Cousins, you’re going to go ahead and take that. Robert is the franchise. He’s the guy who is going to be the future. You’re going to continue in whatever shape or form to develop around him.”

Obviously, everyone will have their own opinion, but with the Redskins season going the way it is, the last thing they want to do is risk another injury to RG3, like they did last year.

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