Reporting Chuck Carroll
LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The Washington Redskins have no plans of making a quarterback change in hopes of rectifying a sluggish start to the season that includes losses more lopsided than the box score shows.
Robert Griffin III hasn’t returned to form from offseason knee surgery and has looked anything but the quarterback who guided the team to seven consecutive victories and its first division title in more than a decade in a most improbable fashion last season.
The poor performance has some crying for Kirk Cousins to take over, allowing Griffin more time to rest his ailing knee.
When asked Monday whether a switch would be a possibility, head coach Mike Shanahan made clear the answer was “no.”
“We’ve got a lot of confidence in Robert,” Shanahan said. “Anytime you start out a little bit slow and we’re down as many points as we’ve been down and we get to a two-minute attack a little bit earlier than we would like to, you probably put people in the toughest situation you can. You want to win the game, you’ve got to get touchdowns quickly.”
Moving forward, Griffin said he plans to be tougher on his teammates and hold them accountable for the on-field flaws that have plagued Washington thus far.
That’s all well and good to the coach, but Shanahan feels his quarterback has to start with himself.
“You can’t worry about other people, you have got to worry about yourself,” he said. “Once you play the perfect game, then you can start worrying about other people. That’s what I always tell everybody. If it’s an offensive lineman, if it’s a quarterback, a tight end, it doesn’t matter who you are. You have got to concentrate on your job, and if everybody concentrates on their job and they do it perfectly, then we’ve got a chance for good things to happen.”