Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) signs autographs before an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Landover, Md., Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) signs autographs before an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Landover, Md., Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

It hasn’t exactly been the comeback season the Washington NFL Team was hoping for. Unfortunately, Washington is only a third into the season with 10 games left to play and more adversity to face. Washington (2-4) was hoping for a spark when they benched three-year starter Robert Griffin III in favor of backup signal caller Kirk Cousins before the season started but the results haven’t been justified. Washington rests at last place inside the NFC East division, but considering that the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants are tied for the division lead at 3-3 apiece, Washington still has a chance to make up ground in the next few weeks. Washington definitely has a quarterback problem but should the team turn back to Griffin to try to shake things up, again? Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley, of the AFRO Sports Desk, debate this question. 

Riley: Washington benched Griffin due to inefficient play and poor leadership, and while the move was deemed credible at the time by those close to the organization, the team hasn’t fared any better with Cousins in control. Cousins has been less controversial than his ego-driven counterpart, but he’s also been indecisive on the field and is turnover prone. In six games, Cousins has had four two-interception games, placing him fourth in the NFL in interceptions. Ironically, in the two games that Cousins hasn’t thrown an interception, Washington has won both games. It’s been another disastrous start to the season for Washington, and Cousins is the guy driving the team. Benching him would make tons of sense, but I rather see Colt McCoy as the starter rather than Griffin. Even if RGIII somehow resumed his duties as starter, he wouldn’t be any worse than what we’ve seen from Cousins so far. 

Green: There is absolutely no way that the Washington NFL Team would return to Griffin after the fiasco that his tenure in the District has been. Cousins has been borderline awful, but he draws nowhere near the ire that Griffin does. We’ve seen Washington operate under RGIII, and while the jury is still out on Cousins, the situation at hand should grant him a longer leash at quarterback. Washington is only two games away from first place in a down year for the division. A quick winning streak would immediately put Washington back in the running for the NFC East so it isn’t like the team has been unwatchable. If you take away a winnable game against Miami in the season opener and a collapse against the 5-1 Atlanta Falcons on the road,  this discussion we’re having right now would be different. Cousins has been inconsistent, but anything is better than Griffin manning this team. 

Riley: Those games against Miami and Atlanta were lost for several reasons, but Cousins made sure to contribute with two picks apiece in both losses. His interception in overtime against the Falcons was returned for the game-winning touchdown and his performance against the New York Jets last week produced his lowest QB rating (57.9) of the season. Critics wanted to see what Cousins could do and it’s been enough. It’s clear he can’t get it done as the starter and while he continues to throw costly interceptions, there’s a former No. 2 overall draft choice sitting on the sidelines in street clothes. The quarterback situation has been laughable in D.C. for the last few years but at this point it appears head coach Jay Gruden is more concerned with his agenda rather than winning games. 

Green: Riley, it’s been three long years of Griffin at the helm and on the injury table. It’s been proven emphatically that he is not the quarterback to steer this team yet you’re still clamouring for him. It doesn’t matter how fast RGIII can run or how deep he can throw, he couldn’t produce for the Washington NFL Team after a positive rookie year and he’s a shell of who he was at Baylor and in his first NFL season. The time on the Griffin ship has sailed, and while Cousins has been just as maddening, he’s still been better in spurts than some of the performances we’ve seen in Griffin’s tenure, post-rookie season. If you don’t want to see Cousins on the field anymore, that’s fine. Put Colt McCoy in then. At least he beat the Cowboys in Dallas last season. Just don’t try to sell me on RGIII anymore.