Jay Gruden: Redskins open to hitting ‘the reset button’ at QB

Robert Griffin III, Jay Gruden
Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III, left, stands on the sidelines with Coach Jay Gruden in November.
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The Washington Redskins have plenty of quarterbacks on their roster. They also have plenty of issues at that position -- as well as the No. 5 overall pick in this year’s NFL draft.

With two Heisman Trophy-winning QBs out there in the selection pool in Florida State’s Jameis Winston and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, the Redskins could find themselves with a huge decision to make when it comes to who might be calling the signals for years to come.

And Coach Jay Gruden said Wednesday that the team would have no problem drafting a quarterback if an opportunity arises that seems to be the best for the organization.

“It’s something we have to talk about in-house," Gruden said at the NFL owners’ meetings in Phoenix. “If we think it’s worth the risk to hit the reset button, if he’s that good of a football player, if we decide in the building that he’s that good of a football player that we think we should do that, then we should do that.”


He added: “We’ll see. That has not been determined yet, obviously. We have some time to determine whether or not we want to go that direction.”

Of course, the Redskins have shown they’re not afraid of making big moves when it comes to the draft. It’s kind of how they got into this situation in the first place. Washington traded three first-round picks and one from the second round to the St. Louis Rams in order to draft Heisman-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III in 2012, then drafted another QB, Kirk Cousins, in the fourth round.

After a stellar rookie season, Griffin has struggled with injuries and inconsistent play. Cousins also failed to impress when he got the chance to play last season. The Redskins finally turned to third-stringer Colt McCoy late last year.

All three quarterbacks remain on the Redskins’ roster for the time being. But that won’t stop the team from thinking about drafting another.


"[Mariota] is a heck of an athlete, I’ll tell you that. And Jameis is a heck of passer,” Gruden said. “Two very good options to have if you are in need of a quarterback and you think you want to go that direction, then they are both worth going that direction for probably.”

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