Redskins Losing Faith in Robert Griffin III?
It was no secret that Washington Redskins star quarterback Robert Griffin III had been on shaky ground. In his first year in head coach Jon Gruden’s system in 2014, he delivered mixed results, at best, and struggled to stay healthy. The year before that, he was a mitigate disaster after rushing back from a serious knee injury.
Despite all signs pointing to the franchise cutting ties with the quarterback in one fashion or another last year, Gruden and co. loosely stood behind RG3 and suggested he was their guy. That faint support reportedly did well to help Robert Griffin III mature in the system, while word out of camp this summer had many thinking RG3 and the Redskins had hope for improvement in 2015.
One game seemingly has those hopes dashed.
RG3 already was looking shaky in his first preseason game, but narrowly missing out on a huge play due to a Pierre Garcon drop seemed to help ease concerns. The came game two, where RG3 showed a horrendous lack of awareness and took numerous hits and sacks. Robert Griffin III eventually took one hit too many after losing the football in the pocket, and exited the game with a concussion.
With Robert Griffin III’s ability to lead the offense suddenly in question again, whispers have emerged from within the Redskins’ organization that people close to Washington don’t feel the team can win with RG3 under center.
That’s not a wild notion, as the Redskins haven’t made the playoffs since RG3’s rookie year in 2012, and have in fact been average to disastrous on offense over the past two seasons.
Not a Legit Contender
Vegas isn’t disagreeing with that harsh perspective, as the Redskins have weak odds to take the NFC East this year (worst odds in the division at +1400), while their chances at a Super Bowl title are naturally even more grim (125/1).
One other team is tied with Washington when it comes to their weak title odds, and just two more team rest behind Washington with 220/1 and 225/1 odds, respectively.
That’s with RG3 running the show. If these whispers that want Robert Griffin III out of the starting lineup turn into roars and then into an actual move, Washington could suddenly see their playoff fortunes change. The question, of course, is which direction do they go in, and will it end up mattering?
Who Steps Up?
The first debate is obviously between rolling with Kirk Cousins or Colt McCoy. Cousins has enjoyed a stellar preseason, but looked completely lost at times as starter in 2014. McCoy lacks the upside both RG3 and Cousins bring to the table, but of the three, is easily the better leader and game manager.
All things even, the Redskins probably don’t stand much of a chance to compete for the top of the NFC East and they’re probably not making the playoffs. But it’s obvious few people in the organization believe in RG3. It might be time to cut bait and see if someone else can make the franchise believe again.
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