The decision caps a week of drama in the nation's capital, where Griffin remains mired in the NFL's concussion protocol after an independent neurologist reversed course on RGIII's playing status for Saturday's preseason tilt against the Ravens. That left Cousins to open Washington's third preseason game, where he made his case as the best option to be the team's starter.
Meanwhile, sources close to Griffin told NFL Media's Jeff Darlington that the quarterback's clearance from the concussion he suffered earlier this month is still entirely up to league protocol -- and he won't see a doctor until Friday at the earliest.
Cousins must eliminate his penchant for turnovers, while keeping his head together when those mistakes occur behind a suspect line. His career interception percentage of 4.7 is outrageous, but Cousins also tossed more touchdown passes last season over six games (10) than Griffin and Colt McCoy combined to throw in 14 games (eight).
If Cousins performs well, it's fair to wonder if Griffin has played his last snap for an organization that once made him the No. 2 overall pick. How quickly fortunes flip in the NFL.