Washington Redskins were dealt a huge blow on Sunday when starting quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a dislocated ankle in the week two encounter against Jacksonville Jaguars.
But it is understood that Washington head coach Jay Gruden is not all too concerned with the fact that he will now have to start back-up QB Kirk Cousins this week against Philadelphia Eagles.
In fact, RG3's latest big injury has revealed Washington Redskins' dirty little secret, which is that head coach Jay Gruden has preferred back-up signal caller Kirk Cousins to RG3 ever since he arrived in the capital.
These revelations were reported by the Washington Post on Monday, with columnist Mike Wise revealing that a person with knowledge of Gruden's thinking insists that the Washington boss had always preferred Cousins to run his offense in his Gruden's debut season as Redskins' head coach.
Now obviously Gruden is incredibly reluctant to talk about this subject in public, but the report from the Post nonetheless remains firm in its stance.
"A person with knowledge of Gruden’s thinking, speaking on the condition of anonymity, conveyed Gruden’s thoughts about Griffin in the past week," the Washington Post reported.
"The dirty little secret in Ashburn is that Coach Jay Gruden actually thought Kirk Cousins was better suited to his offense, that Robert Griffin III wasn’t getting it and there was no way to delicately make a change at any point this season without causing major problems throughout the organization.
"This was the only circumstance Cousins was ever going to see the field without causing major political problems for his first-year coach."
Cousins is the better fit
Even if you are the biggest fan of Griffin, it's easy to see why Gruden would prefer Cousins. He just fits what Gruden wants to do better.
RG3 will never be the pocket passer that Gruden wants him to be, and Griffin will never be robust enough to withstand the knocks that come with playing the true style of quarterback play that suits him.
It's not that Gruden doesn't believe in him, it's just that the two are a mismatch. And RG3 getting injured could well be the best thing that could have happened to Gruden. But only time will tell.