Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/3/12

The Redskins line stood higher than Tampa Bay's, leading to a confidence boosting win.

Kirk Cousins, quarterback for the Washington Redskins, polished off quite an impressive preseason performance.

But Mike Shanahan's already declared Robert Griffin III his starting quarterback.

So, into the 2012 season we go. Griffin III played less during the preseason than some expected. I mean, he's a rookie quarterback, re-learning everything he knows about football, or at least, offensive systems, playbooks, formations, personnel, media, fans, having more money than he's seen in his life....that is A LOT.

But he's taken it all in masterfully!

Robert Griffin III is a smart guy.

He was raised well, by great parents who instilled honorable values in him, and the desire to work hard to become the best at whatever Robert chose to do. He chose football, and Redskins fans will likely thank him for that for at least the rest of this decade. "Super Bowl winning quarterback, Robert Griffin III"? Only time will tell.

I'm not here to rag on Griffin III. I love the guy, I'm psyched to see him play 'for real'. I AM here to describe a hypothetical scenario.

Something like this...

Let's take a trip back in time.

Let's look at a similar scenario that unfolded in 1994.

Let's take a look at....

GAH! Get it away! My eyes...the pain... Heath Shuler. 

Any Burgundy & Gold blooded Washington Redskins fan cringes when that name is uttered. You see, in 1994, the Redskins hired themselves a new head coach.

They hired Norv Turner from the hated Dallas Cowboys.

Norv Turner was the offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys during their back-to-back Super Bowl wins in the early 90's. Whether deserved or not is debatable, Norv Turner takes credit for molding Troy Aikman into the superstar, multiple Super Bowl winning quarterback he became. So Norv Turner figured, "Hey, I did it once. I can do it again."

So he drafted Heath Shuler,pictured above wearing #5. Norv Turner could have had Trent Dilfer, who ended up winning Super Bowl XXXV with the Baltimore Ravens. But Heath was Norv's 'chosen one'. But then General Manager Charley Casserley pulled the trigger in the seventh round of the 1994 draft, and selected Gus Frerotte.

#12 Gus Frerotte, starting QB for the Washington Redskins from 1995-98.

Yes, I remember him headbutting the wall celebrating his game-tying touchdown vs. the New York Giants in 1997.

And NO, I don't want to hear about it.

Gus Frerotte. The seventh round draft choice out of Tulsa, a school not generally discussed when talking about college football powerhouses. He had a great preseason, too.

By NO MEANS am I even remotely comparing Robert Griffin III with Heath Shuler.

Here is what I AM saying...

Gus Frerotte and Kirk Cousins were both drafted in later rounds in the same draft that the Redskins took a "Franchise Quarterback".

They both excelled in the preseason.

They both wore #12. 

Will BOTH end up starting for the Redskins? Like Frerotte, will Kirk Cousins go on to find success for many, many years serving as a back-up across many teams?

Gus did.

Kirk's time will come too.

 

 

 

 

Someday?



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