No Luck for RG III: Griffin benched by Redskins
RICHMOND, VA – Just four months after their were picked within 15 minutes of each other at the top of the NFL Draft in 2012, their they were on a rain-soaked Fed Ex Field.
Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III each played about 30 minutes of football when the Colts and Redskins collided in each team’s third preseason game in August. It was just a sampling of what many thought was to come-after all the game didn’t count.
Thanks to the NFL’s scheduling grid, the pair wouldn’t meet for a real game until two years down the road. What a showdown many thought it might be.
Two years later, the anticipated match-up will be missing one of it’s participants.
On a conference call with Indianapolis media on Wednesday morning Redskins head coach Jay Gruden confirmed that Colt McCoy will start over Griffin when his team plays the Colts on Sunday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Griffin has been ineffective since returning to the lineup after suffering a dislocated ankle in a win over the Jaguars in Week 2. His return to the lineup has seen him throw more interceptions (3) than touchdowns (2) as Washington has lost three consecutive games.
For the season Griffin completed 69 percent of his passes for 869 yards while also rushing for 100 yards (4.5 per carry).
The mobile quarterback-drafted just behind Luck with the 2nd pick of the 2012 Draft-had his finest season his rookie year when he threw for 3,200 yards with 20 touchdowns compared to just five interceptions. He also rushed for 815 yards with an average of 6.8 a carry and scored seven touchdowns on the ground in leading the Redskins to the NFC East title.