The Washington Redskins have yet to make the official announcement, but within the last hour ESPN’s Dianna Russini broke news that Cousins will be tabbed the starter. Former Redskins linebacker London Fltecher must have heard the same news as he stated that he can confirm what Russini shared a bit earlier.
Redskins have named Kirk Cousins starting QB for week 1 per source.
— Dianna Marie Russini (@diannaESPN) August 31, 2015
Cousins is coming off a very solid preseason performance in the win over the Ravens, and the offense definitely moved the ball against Baltimore. With Griffin not to get re-tested from his concussion (lot of confusion around that) until about two days before the season opener. It makes sense for Washington to tab a starter, even though they’ve made several statements contrary to that very recently.
If Cousins is going to be the guy, the team needs to know. He needs to be taking the lions share of reps as the starter so the game plan can get installed. Kirk showed an ability to get rid of the ball quickly against Baltimore and that’s a good treat as Miami is the Week 1 opponent and their defensive front isn’t to be taken lightly.
From an organizational standpoint, Washington needs to make things as simple and transparent as possible. Try something different like avoid drama in the media, simply let things be all about football. This is not only an important time for Cousins, as Gruden is now tied to his future after making the decision to bench Griffin. New general manger Scot McCloughan has inherited everything upon him being hired, the only thing his prints have clearly been on is the recent draft class and offseason additions. So this season will be interesting, but at least something has come from all of the confusion last week. Washington has named it’s starting quarterback.
It’s a huge opportunity for Kirk Cousins, it’s up to him to size it. Who knows, he might make a case that he’s the signal caller to build around.