The Associated Press has the Washington Redskins ranked 25 in their new AP Pro32 Poll.
According to the AP’s site: “AP Pro32, the AP will rank each of the NFL’s 32 teams based on balloting from a panel of national media members who cover the league and its teams. The poll will be similar to the AP Top 25, the 75-year-old poll that ranks the nation’s top college football teams. ”
Great, another poll, but this should be interesting. Here is what the AP Pro32 panel had to say about the Redskins:
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 20): Robert Griffin III will outshine fellow rookie Andrew Luck.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 23): Mike Shanahan finally has QB in rookie Robert Griffin III. His style resembles Steve Young and John Elway, who both won Super Bowls with Shanahan calling plays.
Chris Berman (ESPN, 23): RG3 provides hope and excitement.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 24): RG3 must overcome history of Beltway failures.
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 24): Redskins finally have their quarterback in Robert Griffin III, but RG3 doesn’t equal appearance in 2013 Super Bowl.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 24): Robert Griffin III will bring plenty of excitement. Escaping NFC East basement won’t be easy.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 25): Shanahan has been rebuilding since he arrived in our nation’s capital. Did he find final piece with RG3? I believe so, but patience is a virtue.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 26): RGIII will be fun to watch. But remember, he’s still a rookie, and he’ll need time to figure things out.
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 26): 11 wins in two seasons for Shanahan, RGIII better be the answer.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 26): Redskins beat world champion Giants twice during 2011 regular season and will build upon that, but are breaking in rookie QB.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 26): Redskins will need Robert Griffin III to play well, and play well quickly.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 28): RG3 in Shanahan’s bootleg system feels like great fit, but it’s early.
Here’s what I take away from these comments: Robert Griffin III has the support of the panel, but even they are trying to keep in mind the guy is still a rookie. They also recognize that he’s under a great deal of pressure to do better than the QBs before him. Honestly, I don’t see that as pressure because it won’t take much. Give the guy the first half of the season and that’ll probably be done.
Next, when was the last time the Washington Redskins were this relevant nationwide? The guy is on Adidas Commercials. He’s doing Subway now (Just saw a commercial today) but really, RG3 has put the Redskins back on top with the media.
Finally, the panel seems to have great expectations for the Burgundy and Gold. The Redskins have answered every criticism with action, and have put themselves in position with great talent to be an NFC East threat.
Let’s face it, all eyes are on the Redskins this season. If you don’t think so, then you’re not following the storylines correctly when it comes to the NFC East. Rich Gannon said it best–RG3 better be the answer. Chris Berman gave a comment from a fan’s take: Hope and excitement. Clark Judge kept it real.
Oh yeah, for the record the panel has the Dallas Cowboys ranked 15 (blah)
The NY Giants are ranked #3 (hmmm…two Super Bowl rings..not enough for No.1? Ok…)
The Philadelphia Eagles…#8…really?
And for No.1 –that went to the Green Bay Packers.