RG III Benched, McCoy Gets The Start For The Redskins

| by Daniel Yancelson

The Washington Redskins confirmed Wednesday morning that Robert Griffin III will not start against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Former Texas Longhorn Colt McCoy will get the nod against the AFC South leaders.

Griffin’s struggles continued last Sunday in the Redskins’ (3-8) loss against the 49ers. He completed 11 of 19 pass attempts for 106 yards with no touchdowns. Two weeks ago, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Griffin threw for 207 yards but no touchdowns and two interceptions. In the five games he has played this season, the former Heisman Trophy winner has completed 69.7 percent of his passes for 869 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.

This will be McCoy’s second start at quarterback for the Redskins. His first start came on a win against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football on October 27. He also came into the Tennessee Titan’s game on October 19 after Kirk Cousins suffered an injury. In his two games this season, he has combined to go 36 of 42 for 427 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Despite Griffin being benched this Sunday, sources say the Redskins are still planning on using Griffin for the long term. The team gave up three first-round picks and one second-round pick in order to draft Griffin in 2012. The former Baylor quarterback won the Heisman Trophy in the 2011-12 season, and then went on to win the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award in the 2012-13 season.

Source: ESPN / Photo Credit: Associated Press