Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden wants stability at quarterback for the upcoming NFL season. Although Robert Griffin III was named Washington's starting signal caller for opening day, the head coach said the young quarterback still needs to prove himself on the field.
“We still have got to play games and all that stuff,” Gruden told ESPN.com. “We have announced Robert [Griffin] as the starter, obviously, and we’re going to go from there.”
Last season, Redskins starting quarterbacks included Griffin, Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy. This offseason, Gruden said Griffin will be the starter -- provided he plays well.
“We would like to have stability. The receivers want stability, and that’s very important,” Gruden said. “I feel good about all three quarterbacks honestly and their progression. But we do need to settle on one -- it would be nice to settle on one. So it will have a positive influence on the receivers if we can settle on one so they can get the continuity and feel good about where they are going and all that.”
The 25-year-old Griffin, who will enter his fourth NFL season, is one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the league. After two-plus seasons with more than 3,000-plus passing yards, he registered just 1,694 passing yards in the 2014 NFL season after playing in just nine games due to various injuries. Griffin played a total of 18 games in his first two regular seasons and had 36 touchdowns against 17 interceptions. In 2014, he had 4 touchdowns against 6 interceptions.