Redskins Broadcast Network analyst Joe Theismann raised some eyebrows with his assessment of quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins during Saturday’s preseason game in Baltimore, suggesting that if there was a quarterback competition, Cousins would be the obvious choice to start based on preseason performance.
“It’s going to be a decision that Jay Gruden is going to have to make,” Theismann said in the fourth quarter. “Right now, Robert Griffin III is his quarterback. Now, if there was a quarterback competition, it wouldn’t be a competition. Kirk Cousins would be the man I believe he would have to go to, because of the efficiency with which he has run [the offense].”
During a Tuesday appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show,” Theismann talked more about the QB competition that isn’t really a competition. Patrick didn’t beat around the bush and asked Theismann which quarterback gives the Redskins a better chance of winning for the entire season.
“I would say Robert does,” Theismann said. “Now, people are going to go, ‘Oh my goodness, Joe said this.’ ”
[Oh my goodness. I’m transcribing what Joe said so that you can read what he said previously and make your own decision about whether it’s oh-my-goodness-worthy.]
“This is why,” Theismann continued. “When you look at the preseason, Robert is adjusting and learning how to be a pocket-passer, you can see that. Kirk came out of college as one and has always been one. But the element we haven’t seen in preseason, and the element that Robert brings, is like Colin Kaepernick, is like Cam Newton. They have incredible ability — and Russell Wilson — to make plays with their legs that nobody else has. If you look at the 20 throws that Robert has made, most of them have been out of the pocket, which is a learning process for him. I’m sure that — and Jay has said this — he’s never had an athlete like Robert. So what’s gonna have to happen — and will happen, I’m sure — is this offense will morph into something that complements his skill set, as far as being able to break the pocket and get outside.
“In the preseason, because of the way it’s been constructed, there’s no question, Kirk has played and looked better. Robert continues to work hard. … And I said it in the telecast, there’s no competition here, that Robert Griffin III is the starting quarterback of the Washington Redskins.”
That’s not exactly what he said, though, which is why Patrick then asked Theismann to explain how people had misinterpreted his comments to mean that Cousins had played his way into consideration for the starting job.
“People will hear parts of what you say,” Theismann said. “But if you listen to what I said, I said there’s no competition here. No competition. If you were going to make a decision based on what you saw in the preseason, Kirk would be the one. But that’s a lot different than saying this is the guy that’s going to go forward. I think the Redskins are very, very lucky to have two quarterbacks that have the ability to lead this football team. There aren’t a lot of teams in the league that have that.”
After some discussion about the Redskins’ name issue, during which Theismann stumped for RedskinsFacts.com, he was asked for a one-word answer about whether Dan Snyder will ever change the Redskins’ name.
“I would doubt it,” Theismann said after a short pause. “That’s two words, or three words, but I would doubt it. I say no.”
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