Asked if Cousins might permanently replace Griffin in Washington, Gruden replied, via the New York Daily News, "Crazy things have happened in NFL. I'm not going to discount anything."
Gruden could have remained noncommittal. He could have changed the subject. He could have brushed aside a long-simmering quarterback controversy and stood firmly behind the charismatic star for whom the franchise mortgaged three consecutive drafts.
Instead, he conceded the reality that the NFL is a week-to-week operation. Plans aren't written in stone; they flow like a river.
As much as the Redskins have invested in Griffin via draft picks and marketing, the episodic nature of the NFL's schedule creates storylines that send seasons careening in directions never imagined. Events can unfold to thicken plots and change plans.
Like many NFL coaches, Gruden is working 20 hours a day and averaging two hours of sleep. He works feverishly to concoct game plans perfectly suited for each opponent.