Colt McCoy to Start at Giants, RGIII Demoralized

By Ben Haley

Questionable, a word that can be used in many ways surrounding the Redskins this season. Colt McCoy is questionable to play Sunday, just as Head Coach Jay Gruden’s decision to start McCoy over Griffin III is questionable. It was questionable for Washington to trade multiple top-round picks for one rookie. Now that player’s future is at best, questionable.

Prior to Washington’s 24-0 loss at the hands of the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, Jeff Fisher became possibly the best troll in NFL history. The Rams’ skipper sent the six players they acquired in the deal that sent a 2012 first-round pick, which later became Robert Griffin III, to Washington. Fisher’s team then promptly dominated their opponents physically resulting in utter demoralization of the Redskins franchise.

One week later, the saga in Washington surrounding RG III continues its downward spiral. The Redskins announced Thursday that Colt McCoy, if cleared medically from a neck-injury suffered in the team’s Week 14 loss, will once again start over Griffin III. Basically, the Redskins’ brass decided that a career backup with a neck injury gives their team a better chance to win than a former second-overall selection. This does not bode well for RG III’s future in the nation’s capital.

It also appears Griffin’s Head Coach no longer believes in his starting quarterback.

Yet why the love for McCoy over the man with clearly-superior talent?

A five-year veteran, Colt McCoy has started 24 of the 32 contests he has appeared in to varying results. McCoy’s 60.3 career completion percentage is viable at an NFL level, but is overshadowed by a small sample size and an TD to INT ratio of 25-23. Where McCoy falls short on the field is his ability to spread the defense with deep passes, allowing opposing defenses to stack the box in turn decimating Washington’s run offense. This was the scenario that enabled the Rams destroy Washington last weekend, and the primary reason McCoy does not belong as a starter at the NFL level: his lack of ability to adapt.

If Griffin III is healthy, as he claims to be, there is no reason not to start the beleaguered gunslinger. At his worst Griffin III is a locker-room detriment, injury-prone, and a poor pocket passer. At his best, the former first-round pick is a game-changer under center. Why not give him another chance at the helm? Its’ not like Jay Gruden and the 3-10 Redskins have anything else to lose.

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