Kirk Cousins’s stats were far better than Robert Griffin III’s stats on Saturday night. But Griffin was playing against the Baltimore first-stringers, and Griffin is the franchise quarterback, and Griffin is the unquestioned starter. So you might have thought that Joe Theismann — a perpetual optimist who works for the Redskins Broadcast Network — would have downplayed this discrepancy between the two signal callers. He did not.

“Let’s stop beating around the bush,” Theismann said early in the fourth quarter. “Kirk Cousins has played much better at the quarterback position than Robert Griffin III has. Now, Robert is learning to work out of a pocket. He doesn’t look as smooth or as comfortable throwing the football. I mean, your eyes will tell you everything you need to know.

“It’s going to be a decision that Jay Gruden is going to have to make,” Theismann said. “Right now, Robert Griffin III is his quarterback. Now, if there was a quarterback competition, it wouldn’t be a competition. Kirk Cousins would be the man I believe he would have to go to, because of the efficiency with which he has run [the offense]. Now Kirk, like I said, is basically a drop-back quarterback. I see Andy Dalton in Cincinnati, I see Kirk Cousins that way. …”