The window of opportunity isn’t one that lasts long, especially in the NFL. With former incumbent starter Robert Griffin III permanently demoted in the District, the quarterback position for the Washington NFL team is wide open for current starter and former backup Kirk Cousins to seize. Unfortunately for the 1-2 Redskins, Cousins hasn’t been able to shine in his starring role so far.

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws a pass during the first half an NFL football game against the New York Giants Thursday Sept. 24, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

The fourth-year signal caller from Michigan State has increased his passing yardage in each game in Washington’s early campaign, but he’s also tossed four interceptions in the team’s two losses and had a pair of back-breaking turnovers against the New York Giants on Thursday night. Cousins was inserted into the lineup with the idea that Washington NFL would win in spite of him, but it’s becoming painfully obvious that the team cannot stay competitive with him in a lead role.

The RGIII experiment in D.C. is officially over, leaving Cousins as the sole starter trying to prove that he can salvage Washington’s 2012 draft. Washington forfeited a lot to land Griffin with the No. 2 overall pick in that year’s draft but surprised many when the team plucked Cousins in the fourth round of that year’s draft to further solidify the quarterback position. Cousins received positive grades as a prospect in that draft, so it was expected – if nothing else –that Washington had come away from that draft with the position solved. After throwing a lot of resources into that draft with the attempt of strengthening the position, it appears Washington soon will be in the market for another franchise signal caller. While RGIII has had his bouts of poor play, Cousins has been shockingly worst. In 514 passes thrown, Cousins has thrown 21 touchdowns against 23 interceptions in his career at Washington. Considering that Griffin has registered 23 interceptions as well but has attempted 1,063 passing attempts, Cousins is not only turning the ball over just like Griffin but at a much faster and crippling rate.

Cousins has had his spurts of solid play where he looks comfortable as an NFL starter and competent that he can make every throw. Then he has games like he had against the Giants on Thursday night where not only does he turn the ball over at inopportune times, but he also misses critical throws to put Washington either on the board or in scoring positions. Barring injury and/or performance, Cousins has a full slate of games left to prove that he’s the answer going forward next year, but ball control and savvy decisions don’t appear to be part of Cousins’ arsenal and it’s probably going to cost Washington some games going forward.