Kirk Cousins, Robert Griffin III join rare company

Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins are the first rookie quarterback tandem since 1983 to each win their first career starts. ( The Washington Post/John McDonnell)


With Kirk Cousins posting a victory in his first NFL start, and Robert Griffin III’s victory in his NFL debut in New Orleans, the Redskins became the first team since 1983 to have two different rookie quarterbacks win their first career starts in the same season.

The last team to do so was the Denver Broncos with John Elway and Gary Kubiak.

Elway won his debut, beating Pittsburgh, and then in Denver’s 12th game of the season, Kubiak led the Broncos to a win over Seattle.

Cousins and Griffin are the second Redskins rookies to start games in the same season. But Heath Shuler lost his first start in 1994, and Gus Frerotte won his debut.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.



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Keith McMillan · December 17, 2012