The Washington Redskins enjoyed an absolutely fantastic 2012 NFL regular season and success right out of the gate with rookie quarter back Robert Griffin III under center. They showed a dynamic offense, an inconsistent, but sometimes solid, defense, and eventually went on to win the NFC East with a regular season record of 10-6, much better than most people predicted or expected.
However, as they went into the first round of the playoffs, RG3 was slowed by a knee injury, but was cleared to play and pushed himself to the limit. As we all know, he pushed himself too far and eventually tore his ACL in the fourth quarter of that game. He says that he will be back for the start of the 2013 season, but there’s still a chance that he might not be ready for the start of the year.
That obviously causes the team and fans to worry about the fate of the Redskins next season. After all, this is the Rookie of the Year for the league that threw for 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushed for 815 yards and seven more touchdowns as just a rookie. He’s already a superstar after just one year in the league. It’s going to be tough for Washington to be without him.
Though they will definitely miss Griffin III, they most likely won’t be lost without him next year. The Redskins tried to bolster their defense through the draft and through free agency this off-season, so they should be improved on that side of the ball. However, they should be okay on offense as well.
For starters, they have another talented player coming back to play in his second year in Alfred Morris. Morris was a surprising stud at running back last season, rushing for 1,613 yards and 13 touchdowns as a rookie. They also have a talented receiving core. The most overlooked part, though, is the fact that Kirk Cousins has all the making of a serviceable backup QB.
In his limited playing time last season, Cousins threw 48 passes and completed 33 of them for 466 yards and four touchdowns and just three INTs. Obviously Cousins isn’t the dynamic playmaker that RG3 is, but he’s also shown that he can be consistent and not lose games for Washington. He should be able to keep the offense in check, even if he’s not changing the game completely.
There’s a chance that Griffin III will return to the Redskins in time for the start of the season, but there’s also a solid chance that he won’t be. Though not having a player of his caliber on the field is somewhat worrisome for the team and for Washington fans, RG3 will eventually return and the team should be able to stay afloat over any time that he misses.