Washington HC Mike Shanahan eliminated any chance of Robert Griffin III seeing playing time this season on Thursday.
The coaching staff apparently wants Griffin to begin preparing for the offseason instead of worrying about the team’s final three games of the season.
Shanahan also reiterated that Griffin remains the team’s franchise quarterback moving forward.
“We made a decision a long time ago that Robert is our quarterback,” Mike Shanahan said, via ESPN.com. “He’s our quarterback of the future. We made this decision based on what we think is best for him and it could be best for our organization. If he lights it up we’ve got a lot of options with Kirk. I hope that’s what happens.”
Interestingly enough OC Kyle Shanahan mentioned that he didn’t fully support the idea to bench Griffin for the remainder of the season.
“I made it clear I’m disappointed,” Kyle Shanahan said. “I’d like to finish this out. I take it personal I can’t finish the year with our starting quarterback. It would be good for Robert to get the reps, that will help him in the future but I do understand they have concerns that I don’t think about as much.”
Depending on how Cousins plays, he could be a popular trade option this offseason. Rich Cimini of ESPN New York mentioned that the Jets could be a potential trade partner in the coming months.