And here we are. According to reports from Pro Football Talk and the NFL Network, Kirk Cousins will start for the Redskins on Sunday, leaving Robert Griffin III to watch from the bench, possibly for the rest of the season.
Mike Shanahan had indicated this might happen, and couched it as preserving Griffin's health for next season. But those in the know believe this to be a Shanahan power play: Shanahan is trying to use Griffin, Dan Snyder's favored player, as an excuse for the owner to fire him. Washington would then owe Shanahan the $7 million remaining on his contract. Snyder called Shanahan's bluff, indicating he wouldn't stand in the way of Cousins starting. So that's exactly what's going to happen.