While watching the NFC Wild Card Game Sunday afternoon, it became painfully obvious that the Washington Redskins are a much different team without a healthy Robert Griffin III. While Washington did have a two-touchdown lead and saw it slip away against the Seattle Seahawks, there was zero reason for Griffin to be on the field after getting hurt late in the first quarter. Griffin was a very different player and one that only hurt Washington instead of helping them.
Griffin was basically on one leg most of the rest of the game and everyone knew he wasn’t right so why not take him out and put Kirk Cousins in? Cousins was very solid in relief of Griffin earlier this season and probably gave Washington the best chance to advance after the injury. Griffin though kept plugging away in the game, limping around and not being able to be the dual-threat that made him so dangerous this season. It took until Griffin basically blew the knee out before he left the game in the fourth quarter.
If you are looking at having Griffin long-term as a successful and healthy NFL quarterback, you have to save him from himself at some point. Griffin should have watched the last three quarters from the sidelines and after giving the Redskins a 14-0 lead, it may have been enough to move Washington to the next round. That will not happen now and there will be questions all offseason in Washington about what could have been and what goes on with Griffin for the rest of his career.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.