The NFL is a fickle, fickle place.
Well, it’s really a sports league, not a place. But were it a place, it would be fickle.
Evidence No. 413B: The Redskins are 0-2, and Robert Griffin III has not looked like himself, and so fans and analysts are wondering about that Kirk Cousins guy.
A bunch of text messages from fans shown during Comcast SportsNet’s post-game show hinted either that RGIII isn’t good enough right now, or explicitly called for Cousins. The analysts talked about it, too.
“I’m gonna put the question out there: why not stick no. 12 out there, who is healthy?” host Chick Hernandez asked. “It’s apparent from listening to you guys and watching that game: Robert Griffin III is not the same guy, yet. He’s not that guy. There is not a threat for him to run. When there was a threat to run last year, he created a lot of problems for opposing defenses. Why not put the guy who’s healthy out there right now?”
“I wish I had the answer for that,” Brian Mitchell responded. “It was all this talk about one guy. From the beginning of the offseason all the way to the beginning of the season: one guy, All In Week One, all this stuff about an individual….And now he’s playing, but he’s not playing up to par. You’re not having the same effectiveness on offense, because he’s not that dual threat that he used to be. Now, is this team equipped to even be a drop-back passing team?…
“Ultimately, this team has to get back to being who they were, or they’re going to have problems,” Mitchell concluded. “And I don’t know what’s the reason. Is it them personally just not running the ball, or has Robert said I’m changing the way things were done?…I see a guy not running the football when he’s capable of running the ball.”
“I mean, they’ve got to get him healthy, healthy meaning his play healthy, get him up to speed,” Trevor Matich said. “They can’t do that unless he plays. The problem is he can’t do everything that he could do….They’re not moving the launch point, they’re not allowing him to at least have a moving pocket – half roll, full roll, waggle, boot, into open air, where he’s still not at risk of getting hit so much. But the thing that’s tough is that if you pull him out and put in Cousins, then what do you do? You wait while Cousins plays a little bit and give Robert two series a game until he gets back up to speed? I mean, right now they’re kind of in a position where they have to just let him play through it.”
Which is the same point made by ESPN 980’s Kevin Sheehan on his blog:
The Redskins would’ve had more short-term success if a healthy Kirk Cousins had played in the first two games instead of Robert. Maybe the long-term would’ve been impacted by Robert not getting the work but Philly’s defense is bad and Robert wasn’t ready to take advantage of it.
Luckily, people were being a heck of a lot more calm and measured on Twitter.
Either RG3 needs to run the ball and open up the defense or they need to put in Cousins, they can’t do anything
— Benedict Cumberbatch (@WeatherLAX22) September 15, 2013
If they put in Cousins right now I wouldn’t even be upset
— Alex Abraham (@AAbes22) September 15, 2013
When something isn’t working you change it, put in Cousins
— †igre (@LaurenRockyy) September 15, 2013
Honestly if we put in cousins we’d have a shot at coming back.
— Emily✌ (@emiweeee_) September 15, 2013
If you’re not healthy put in Cousins.. it’s that simple
— Rude Jude (@HareUpThere) September 15, 2013
We need to bench rg3 put in cousins #HTTR
— Anthony breeh! (@slappyflappy101) September 15, 2013
— Rosetta Got Stoned (@melztweets) September 15, 2013
put in cousins
— Ben (@HbUeLnK) September 15, 2013
Lol clearly rg3 is human. Put in cousins Robert is not recovered.
— Nishant Thapar (@slickerthanyoav) September 15, 2013
— Chris (@Chris_D44) September 15, 2013
Put in cousins! #kirkCousins
— Evan Moser (@Egmoser92) September 15, 2013
can we pleasssse put in Cousins??
— Lindsey (@TheLovelyLinds) September 15, 2013
PUT IN COUSINS
— Kenny McGrain (@KMacDaddyDawg) September 15, 2013
So this should be a fun week on sports-talk radio.
(Inspired by @recordsANDradio)