Robert Griffin III's Health Key for Washington Redskins' Long-Awaited Return to NFC Title

By Thomas Emerick
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After reaching the NFC title game five times in 10 years from 1982, it’s incredible to think that the Washington Redskins have not reached these heights in the 2o-plus years since. Whether it’s been Carlos Rogers dropping that interception, or the field goal team botching that snap, or losing to the Seattle Seahawks in their past three postseason appearances, the drought has found some way to continue each year.

However, there’s plenty of reason to believe this may be changing in the near future, the most primary of those being 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year — that is of course if he can manage to stay healthy. The most important stage of Robert Griffin III‘s young career is coming up as he recovers and finds a way to play safely yet effectively.

“As soon as I woke up out of the surgery, I put the date of the first game in my phone,” Griffin said, via The New York Daily News. “It was the passcode of my phone for a month. … That’s always been the goal, but I’m not going to risk my career to play in one game. Yeah, I’m definitely all-in on for Week 1, but I’m also all-in for my career as well.”

How Griffin recovers this summer will have a greater effect on Washington’s 2013 playoff chances, but how the Redskins transform Griffin’s game while maintaining the run threat and read-option principles will determine how many shots the ‘Skins have at going deep over the next decade.

Thomas Emerick is a Senior Writer for Follow him on Twitter @ThomasEmerick, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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