Report: Mike Shanahan leaning toward starting Kirk Cousins

Mike Shanahan's got drama building in D.C.
Mike Shanahan's got drama building in D.C. (USATSI)

UPDATE (9:15 a.m. ET): Well that didn't take long. A report from John Keim of ESPN has Cousins already named the starter, though it's not official (and the Redskins probably won't announce it). Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports the "tentative" plan is to start Cousins.

The drama is set to unfold fast and furious in Washington as the Redskins season comes to a close. And the opening act (of the second set?) is underway: reports emerged Wednesday morning that Mike Shanahan is leaning toward starting Kirk Cousins.

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports that "people inside [the Redskins] building" are "under the impression" Cousins will start.

Additionally, a source specifically tells Glazer -- re: Cousins starting -- that it "looks that way but won't be sure he settles on it [until] practice." That sourced added that "Mike can always change."

That change would/could come in the form of an argument from current/deposed starter Robert Griffin III.

After reports emerged that Shanahan wanted to resign last year, Shanahan promptly didn't completely deny those reports on Sunday before noting on Monday that he was contemplating shutting Griffin down for the year. You don't do that to your starting, star quarterback -- assuming he's healthy like Shanahan said -- unless you're trying to Costanza your way out of your job.

With the Redskins reportedly thinking about withholding cash from Shanny, that could be the exact plan. So, everyone's operating under the assumption that Cousins is the starter for the last three weeks of the season. But RG3 will have a chance to try and persuade Shanahan that he should start, either verbally or in practice.

That means three more days of heightened tension and drama in Washington as a 3-10 team with the second-worst point differential in the NFL (-128) gets ready to play the Falcons in Atlanta.

It's only going to get messier from here.

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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