As expected, Washington Redskins’ head coach Mike Shanahan revealed that barring an unforeseen setback, Redskins’ quarterback Robert Griffin III will return to face the Philadelphia Eagles Week 16. Griffin III suffered a knee injury Week 14 against the Baltimore Ravens. He was not granted clearance to play in Washington’s Week 15 game against the Cleveland Browns, therefore relinquishing the starting assignment for that game to fellow rookie Kirk Cousins.
While Cousins did an admirable job filling in for an injured RG3, everyone in the organization knows that Griffin III is the engine that makes the Redskins’ offense run. The offensive unit kicks into another gear with Griffin III at the helm. Besides, he gives Washington the best chance to win long term, so it’s important to make sure he’s healthy enough to play.
RG3’s return couldn’t have come at a better time: the Redskins are currently riding a five game winning streak. They also hold a share of first place in the NFC East with the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants. While Washington’s next game is a Week 16 clash with the struggling Philadelphia Eagles, everyone has to know the Eagles are going to put forth their best effort in the unfamiliar role of spoiler.
This is why it’s important for Griffin III to be available for the long haul. He gives the Redskins the best chance to not only make the playoffs, but to go deep in the playoffs. If Washington wins their final two games of the 2012 NFL season, they would win the NFC East and host a playoff game for the first time since 1999. It’s a position no one outside of the delusional Redskins’ fan (like myself) could imagine. Now, it has the opportunity to become reality, thanks to the man known as RG3.