The maligned quarterback, who has been benched several times already this year and was subject to some pretty pointed criticisms by Gruden himself, is likely to remain in Washington. Gruden, as it turns out, really doesn't care who is quarterback is, as long as it's someone who can handle the system.
Through eight starts this year, the results have been mixed. Griffin's completion percentage is tipping 70, but his touchdown total has been low. Griffin has been picked apart by multiple analysts for missing crucial reads and balking at open wide receivers. At times, he simply looks lost.
But Washington's owner, Daniel Snyder, is determined not to start over at the position, according to Rapoport. This offseason, the team will have their full complement of draft picks back and some money to spend on the open market.
If Griffin could elevate his play to something near that of 2012 and Washington could spend some of their free agent money wisely, Gruden seems to have a team not far away from competing again.
If Griffin regresses, though, Snyder will have wasted a season and stacked the deck against Gruden, who might deserve a shot to play with a handpicked passer.