Washington Redskins Rumors, News 2014: Robert Griffin 3, Kirk Cousins, Trade Rumors, Richard Crawford Updates

By Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
September 30, 2014 Updated: October 1, 2014

The Washington Redskins are in scramble mode after starting the season 1-3 and need a couple of wins to right the ship. 

Check out the latest buzz below.

RG 3 ‘Didn’t Hate Seeing’ Kirk Cousins Struggle?

Former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley, now a commentator, said during the postgame show on ESPN that Robert Griffin 3 “didn’t hate seeing” Kirk Cousins struggle.

Cousins is filling in for the injured starting quarterback.

“I wouldn’t have a panic [attack]. I’m not going to scream for Colt McCoy,” said Cooley. “But I’ll tell you, there’s another quarterback on this roster that didn’t hate seeing that.”

However, others disputed that take.

For fools suggesting RG3 happy bc of Cousins poor play, you’re wrong,” said JP Finlay of CSN. “Just saw clearly upset Griffin leaving locker rm. Team guy all the way.”

Cousins Has to Improve

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) reacts after an interception during the second half of an NFL Thursday night football game against the New York Giants in Landover, Md., Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) reacts after an interception during the second half of an NFL Thursday night football game against the New York Giants in Landover, Md., Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

The Washington Times notes that regardless of the Griffin support, Cousins has to improve.

“Well, it’s worrisome,” coach Jay Gruden said of the interceptions. “You have to take the game for what it is. We lost the game. He didn’t play very well. He threw four picks. We understand that. He fumbled. But, he didn’t have a lot of help, either.”

“There weren’t a lot of people — the defense didn’t help him out. The offensive line didn’t help him out. The receivers didn’t help him out,” Gruden added.

“You know, there’s a lot of other factors that we could have had a better game, a better outing, if other people were helping him more. It’s not just Kirk. Kirk, his mistakes are magnified, obviously, but other guys had mistakes that were equally as important and devastating to the football game.” 

Gruden said that Cousins “is a young guy playing the position, and a young guy playing that position at this level will tend to make some mistakes from time to time.”

“We’ve just got to make sure he sees the throws a little bit better and his eyes are in the right spot,” he added. There’s a couple of them that he stared down the receiver and the safety just came down and made an easy pick. One of them he just had bad location on the ball to Ryan Grant, and the other one, he threw a blind one on an out route when he was throwing to Andre Roberts and the nickel was sitting right there and he never saw him — which you have to see on those throws. He’s got to get his eyes in the right spot and got to calm down.” 

Latest Griffin Trade Speculation

Following Griffin’s injury, the trade speculation ramped up.

And the latest report claims that Griffin could be playing for the Dallas Cowboys by this time next year.

USA Today claims that if Cousins has a Pro Bowl season this year, and Dan Snyder sees that Cousins should stay the starter, and that Tony Romo’s back problems get worse, then a trade could happen.

“Griffin grew up less than three hours south of AT&T Stadium and has his own statue in front of Baylor’s new facility, which is just 100 miles away. If the Cowboys offered significantly more in return than any other possible suitor (let’s say their 2015 first-round pick and their 2015 and 2016 second-round picks), would that be enough to convince Snyder and team president Bruce Allen to risk sending him within their division? Considering Griffin is only under contract through 2015, with a team option for 2016, it’s hard to see why not,” it said.

“There are enough potential circumstances to prevent the above steps from ever happening, the most likely being that Griffin gets another chance to reclaim the starting job once his ankle heals. But it’s certainly an intriguing scenario to think about, isn’t it Cowboys fans?”

Redskins Sign CB Crawford, Safety Sanford

The Washington Redskins signed two new players to the secondary, cornerback Richard Crawford and safety Jamarca Sanford.

The Redskins drafted Crawford in 2012.

Redskins.com noted that Crawford made some big plays in his rookie season for the team and is ready to be a playmaker again. 

“Just interceptions, punt returns and creating turnovers,” the cornerback said when asked of what he wants to accomplish from an individual standpoint in 2014. “That’s what I did when I was here – be a playmaker and create havoc and problems for the offense. “Then on special teams make tackles, be a good returner and create turnovers on special teams also. That’s also a big aspect of my game is playing special teams. I know that so that’s also what I plan to do.”

Jay Grude complimented Crawford and said that “he’s doing some good things.”

More Takeaways Needed

The Redskins have already given up a lot of turnovers, and definitely need to cut down on those, but they also need to increase takeaways on the defensive side.

“The Redskins already are at a minus-5 in turnover ratio. That’s the tied for the worst in the NFL,” said Real Redskins.

“They probably won’t have many more six-turnover games like they had against the Giants but if they are going to get into plus territory they are going to have to start taking the ball away with greater frequency.

“The Redskins have just four and after Sunday’s games 20 teams had more. If you’re going to build your defense around sacks and turnovers, well, you’d better get some turnovers.”

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.