Washington Redskins, RG3, And A Silent NFC East

By Ricky Allen

The Washington Redskins are starstruck for Robert Griffin III, and the NFC East has gone silent.

I think they’re starstruck too.

Other than the daily transactions and day-to-day operations, we’ve got nothing.  It’s like they really don’t know what to say. The most that Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones talked about was how they have to win this year, and that sounded like one step from the white flag of surrender.

In the midst of a happier time at Organized Team Activities (OTAs), the awe of watching “The Arm” in action, and hearing a plethora of Redskins give their praises of RG3, the NFC East has gone silent.  There is no opposing analysis of what they will do to contain the Heisman trophy winner, no talk about how they’ve improved, nothing. Last year, the media couldn’t get enough of the Philadelphia Eagles,  and the saga of Tony Romo playing injured(and winning) against the Redskins (blah).

The only news you see are articles comparing RG3 to NFC East Quarterbacks.  That’s about it. That’s why I’ve come to the conclusion that the NFC East may be just that starstruck with the arrival of RG3 to the Washington Redskins, or they’re hoping that if they don’t try to talk about it, maybe, just maybe it isn’t real. They’ll wake up and realize it was all a dream.

However, the reality of a chaotic NFC East is real.   But why the silence? I have a few reasons:

  • Let the Redskins put the biggest foot in their mouth and wish for the downfall of RG3.
  • Allow the Redskins to apply pressure to themselves.
  • Everyone holds their own in the NFC East, and responding to the Redskins is not necessary.
  • It’s football: An exact science. Give any team enough good draft picks and eventually they will be good (*See Detroit Lions)

In the end every football team plays the game “put up or shut up”, even those outside the sport. In the NBA, the Miami Heat is playing it right now, and the pressure to win a championship is at peak levels.  It’s not fictitious to think the Washington Redskins couldn’t find themselves in a similar position.  As the hype around them builds, and the more people get starstruck, they will be there—“This is nice. Now win”.

Ricky Allen is a Washington Redskins Blogger with Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @UltimateRedskin

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