Washington Redskins fans are going absolutely crazy over rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III and they should. The Redskins have not had a quarterback with this much potential since Joe Theismann joined the team in 1974. They have never had one as physically gifted.
Washington has not had long term stability at quarterback since Theismann started for them from 1978 to 1985. The longest anyone has started since then is five years as Mark Rypien was the starter from 1989 to 1993. The Redskins have not won a Super Bowl since Rypien led them to victory in 1991.
It is not often that a rookie at any position lives up to the hype which accommodated Griffin III at the beginning of this season. He was the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner out of Baylor and the number two overall draft pick behind Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts. Washington traded three number one picks to move up in the draft and get him.
The Redskins named Griffin III their starter from day one and began to promote him as their savior. Washington fans and media bought into the hype immediately as Griffin III paraphernalia sold like hot cakes even before he was drafted.
From the first game of the 2012 season, Griffin III has proven that the hype was warranted. On opening day he threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns in a 40-32 road victory over the New Orleans Saints. Though the Redskins are 5-6 going into Monday night’s game against the New York Giants, Griffin III has played as well as any rookie quarterback in the league. He has thrown for 16 touchdowns against only 4 interceptions. Griffin III has rushed for six touchdowns including a 74 yarder that clinched a victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
Each week, The RG3 hype has grown, but it really took off after his performances against the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. In a five day span Griffin III led Washington to victories over their division rivals. Against the Eagles he was 14 of 15 and threw for four touchdowns. The Cowboys were blistered for 304 yards and four more touchdowns. The Redskins won both games and moved into position to make a playoff run.
After watching Griffin III at Baylor, it seemed that there was nothing he could not do on a football field. He could run faster than almost anyone. He could throw accurately long and short. He had command of the offense. However, the thing that stood out above everything was his leadership skills and poise.
All of this has transferred over to Washington. No matter the situation, on or off of the field, Griffin III seems unflappable. He appears to be more mature than most people his age. Griffin III is not afraid to take responsibility for his actions or take blame for the team’s failures. This has earned him respect from everyone within the Redskins organization.
Since Griffin III came to Washington, he has been the talk of the town. Whether fans think that he is the long term answer at quarterback or not, they are excited to see him play. They should be.
Robert Griffin III is the goods and Redskins fans are lucky to have him on their team.