The Kirk Cousins era is about to begin in the nation’s capital. Following the Washington Redskins blowout loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 14, head coach Mike Shanahan was noncommittal about the team’s starting quarterback for this weekend’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, but now we have word on who the team will roll out with the starters on Sunday.
According to ESPN, Kirk Cousins will be the Redskins starter in Week 15 over Robert Griffin III.
THIS JUST IN: Kirk Cousins will start in place of Robert Griffin III for the Redskins this Sunday. (via @john_keim)
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 11, 2013
Barring a disaster of a performance from Cousins, he will likely be the starting quarterback for the remainder of the season.
Griffin has been playing poorly all season and has not looked comfortable since returning from a torn ACL and the writing had been on the wall that a change would be coming.
With three weeks to go this season, the Redskins will have plenty of time to evaluate Cousins to see how he can perform in live game action. Three weeks could be a large enough sample size for teams around the league to look at Cousins as well, so he could be auditioning for a starting job elsewhere in the NFL.
Once the offseason rolls around, the Redskins will need to evaluate Cousins and Griffin.
If Cousins plays well enough, there could be teams calling to work a trade that would take Cousins off the Redskins hands. The drama in Washington continues to build.