Casserly: RGIII was progressing in Gruden's scheme


Kirk Cousins' impressive Week 2 performance in relief of an injured Robert Griffin III has left the football world wondering how the Washington Redskins will handle their quarterback situation going forward.

Coach Jay Gruden pointed out that Cousins is "very much suited" for the Redskins' boot-heavy West Coast offense and reportedly realized this summer that his backup was a better fit than his starter.

NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala has reported that there is no quarterback controversy within Redskins headquarters.

Might that change if Cousins continues to win during Griffin's absence?

Appearing on Tuesday's edition of Around The League, NFL Media's Charley Casserly opined that Griffin demonstrated true progress in Gruden's system and has not played himself out of the starting job.

"Now, to the point if Cousins comes in there, and you're 7-1, and you're rolling? You don't take Cousins out," Casserly explained. "(But) if there's any question about it, and RGIII's healthy, you put RGIII back in, and you go, because he was starting to show progress in the system."

Even if Griffin was showing promise, Casserly concedes Cousins is more decisive and runs the bootleg "much, much better" than RGIII.

The Redskins' draft-pick investment and Griffin's historic rookie season mandate another chance to establish himself as the franchise savior. If Cousins steers the team into first place over the next two months, though, that opportunity might not come until 2015.

The latest "Around The NFL Podcast" recaps every Sunday game from an upset-heavy Week 2 in the NFL, and considers what RGIII's injury could mean for the Redskins.