WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – It’s very easy to look back on last Monday night’s Redskins loss and say that Robert Griffin III looked “rusty” after more than 8 months away from live football action.
Former Redskin Shawn Springs doesn’t think Griffin should have started the game against the Eagles.
To be more specific, he doesn’t even think he should have played in week one.
“I don’t think he should have played this game,” Springs told Holden Kushner and Fred Smoot, who’s filling in for Danny Rouhier (who’s on paternity leave) on 106.7 The Fan Tuesday.
“With a backup like Cousins, I honestly think that Robert Griffin probably should have came back probably after the bye week,” Springs continued. “There was no need to rush the guy. They started off 2-6 last year and they ran off seven straight games so you obviously know when he’s healthy, he’s dangerous.”
This isn’t surprising coming from Springs, considering he thinks Griffin’s injury bought Mike Shanahan another year off the hot seat in Washington, but nevertheless, Springs doesn’t believe RGIII is “all the way back” recovery-wise, and after how sluggish he looked in the first half against Philly, it’s hard to argue with him.
“I would like to see him, if he did play this game, maybe Kirk Cousins start the game and give [Griffin] a couple series; each game give him more and more series and just bring him back.”
Springs did raise a good point supporting his ‘ease him back in’ philosophy, adding that Adrian Peterson, who’s lightning quick ACL recovery can’t stop being mentioned in the same breath as Griffin’s, didn’t even carry the ball 25 times in his first game back in 2012.
Peterson didn’t reach that 25-touch attempt until week three, to be exact; rushing for a total of 144 yards on 33 attempts in the Vikings’ first two games, and still managed to put together the second greatest rushing total in the history of the game.
“You’ve got very capable backups,” Springs reinforced his position. “Like a Kirk Cousins, who kind of reminds me of a guy that backed up Michael Vick at the time, and he ended up having a successful career. A guy named Matt Schaub who’s down in Houston, backed up Michael Vick for about three or four years.”
Springs saved perhaps the most interesting nugget of the interview for the end though, in the interest of burying leads. He believes that not only is Cousins comparable to Schaub in that he can be a starter, but that “he’s going to be a star in this league.”
More important though, that Robert Griffin III shouldn’t have started, because that’s a real, tangible quote for readers to latch onto about a player who matters.
Full interview here.