by Bryan Frantz

WASHINGTON — Everybody is chiming in on what the Redskins should do at the quarterback decision, either immediately or during the quickly-approaching bye week, and former Washington quarterback Joe Theismann advocates patience.

Speaking with Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier Monday, Theismann said the Redskins would regret benching Kirk Cousins so soon after declaring him the starter for the season.

“I think it’s just too early to pull the trigger, it’s too early to make a decision,” the Redskins legend said. “It shows inconsistency, lack of confidence. I just don’t think it serves the football team well.”

Theismann pointed out the run game was ineffective against the New York Jets on Sunday and the Washington defenders were sometimes out of position, but he also acknowledged the mistakes Cousins made.

“I thought Kirk made some just really poor decisions yesterday with the football in his hands that exacerbated the situation,” Theismann said. “But I’m not one to sit here and say that a change should be made. I think it would be the wrong thing to do at this particular time.

“Every time something happens, everybody wants to flinch and say, ‘OK, let’s go to the next option.’ I think sometimes you have to allow the situation to work itself through and find out if Kirk can be the quarterback here. If not, then it becomes a competition. The problems with the Redskins are not solved like a light switch, where you flip it on and flip it off.”

This came just hours after Jerry Brewer of The Washington Post told the Sports Junkies the upcoming game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was a must-win game for Cousins, but the Redskins don’t have a better quarterback option on the roster.

Meanwhile, former quarterback and current Bleacher Report and CBS Sports analyst Chris Simms said Sunday the Redskins should move on from Cousins immediately, noting the Bucs game would serve as an easy entry into the starting role for a new quarterback. For what it’s worth, Simms prefers Colt McCoy to Robert Griffin III.

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