RGIII to start vs. Eagles
Robert Griffin III will replace injured Colt McCoy and get another chance to help his stock in Washington.
- Robert Griffin III isn't done yet with the Washington Redskins.
A fifth starting quarterback change this season, this one mandated by Colt McCoy's aggravated neck injury, means RGIII will get the call Saturday against the Eagles (4:30, CBS3, NFL Network).
"He's got every chance this week against the Philadelphia Eagles to take this position and run with it," coach Jay Gruden said yesterday. "And I'd like to see him have some urgency about him and play well, and hopefully there won't be much of a debate if he does well."
Chances seemed slim that Griffin would get another start this season. His future in Washington became an open question, after he was benched 2 weeks ago amid biting criticism from Gruden over the Heisman Trophy winner's ability to operate a pro-style passing attack.
Now Gruden would just like somebody - anybody - to take the job and claim it. Griffin, McCoy and Kirk Cousins have combined to produce a 3-11 record and a guaranteed spot in the NFC East cellar for the sixth time in seven seasons.
"It's not what you want," said Gruden, a first-year head coach who was hired in part because of his success in working with QBs. "You want somebody to take the position and play and have success, obviously. But unfortunately Robert got hurt early, Kirk had turnover issues, and Colt took an opportunity and ran with it and did well and then Colt got the injury. Now we're back to Robert."