Who will start at QB for Redskins next week?

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Updated: December 8, 2013
Cousins & RG3

Washington Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan benched struggling QB Robert Griffin III in the fourth quarter of toda’s 45-10 blowout loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at FedEx Field. Griffin had a rough day, one of several he has had recently and more than several this season. Griffin completed only 12 of 26 passes for 164 yards [6.3 per attempt] for 1 TD, 1 INT, 5 sacks and a passer rating of 63.6. Replacing Griffin behind center was backup QB Kirk Cousins, who didn’t do any better. Cousins completed 7 of 16 passes for 59 yards for a passer rating of 53.9. Cousins was also sacked once, a loss of 15 yards, and he fumbled on the play, though the ball was recovered by RT Tyler Polumbus.

Griffin was not lifted for health, but for performance and because the game was completely out of hand. So will Mike Shanahan — assuming he is still the head coach before the next game, which is in Atlanta against the Falcons — go back to RG3 or will he give Cousins a shot in the final three games? Remember, in 2010, Shanahan benched QB Donovan McNabb for the final three games of the season, allowing Rex Grossman to finish the season as the starter. McNabb never played again in a Redskins uniform and, as we’ve seen, never forgave Mike Shanahan or his son Kyle Shanahan, the offensive coordinator, for his demotion or what he regards as shoddy treatment by the Redskins coaches.

So, what happens? Will it be RG3 or Cousins? Shanahan was asked that question after the game today and, as he did with many other questions, he refused to provide a real answer.

So, what do you think? Will RG3 return to the starting job? Will Cousins mop up this dreadful season? Will the decision even be Mike Shanahan‘s to make?