Bleacher Report NFL insider Jason Cole caused quite a stir this past weekend when he reported that Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins do not speak to one another and cannot be in the same room.
Is it really that bad between the two quarterbacks? Do they actually detest each other?
“Detest might be a little strong; can’t communicate might be better,” Cole said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “I don’t know if ‘detest’ is the right word, but it’s not comfortable in Washington right now. They don’t talk regularly. I know the Washington media is trying to sort of squelch this story, but the two sources I talked to were pretty strong about it. There’s not a lot of love in that quarterback room, and frankly, this is mostly a reflection on Robert Griffin because I don’t think he understands how to get along with most of the guys that he plays with. People keep telling me time and again he’s more of a track athlete than he is a quarterback. Track athletes are individual. As a quarterback, you have to have a pretty unique ability to bring a real divergent cast of characters together.”
Griffin hasn’t done that. Instead, he has been benched by both Mike Shanahan and Jay Gruden, which isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement of a former No. 2 overall pick.
Cole believes that Griffin has brought his current situation upon himself.
“Kirk Cousins is doing what he wants to do all the way along. He wants to play, and he’s just playing,” Cole said. “It’s not his fault that he’s playing. RG3 failed in this and the coaches moved on from him. Cousins is the beneficiary of that, but he did not undercut RG3’s ability to play football.”
When Griffin will play again for the Redskins, if ever, remains to be seen, but what is his expectation right now? It seems that most players in his shoes would be gone by now, no?
“What’s really weird about this is that Robert Griffin III is still really close with the owner, and if he wasn’t really close with the owner, he’d probably be gone right now,” Cole said. “Because there’s no logical reason (for him to be there) if the coaches don’t think he can play. And he’s a risk to play because of the contract that could get guaranteed if he gets hurt for next year. He’d be on the books for about $16 million. If it were truly a personnel decision, he wouldn’t be there. But it’s not. Because again, the owner likes him a lot, and that, I think, gives Robert Griffin III a certain sense of power that is abnormal for a third quarterback. I think there’s an expectation that if Cousins fails, they’re going to go back to RG3 before too long. And if this team fails, there’s a very good chance that Jay Gruden could be gone after this year and Robert Griffin III might somehow someway survive all this. That would be bizarre.”