5 Reasons Washington Redskins Want Robert Griffin III to Start
5 Reasons Washington Redskins Want Robert Griffin III
There has been lots of talk surrounding the return of Robert Griffin III for the 2013 NFL Season. Washington Redskins fans are worried that he cannot stay healthy. Although he has been cleared to play by doctors, Griffin still has yet to be decisively declared as starting for the beginning of the regular season.
So, the question remains for all fans, players and coaches to ponder. Is Griffin worth the risk?
Well, lets look over the stats. Usually, statistics will prove a players worth, but statistics mean nothing if the player does not play. Yet, there is the argument that Griffin's stats are so good that even with his injury worries, the Redskins should still put him in there.
Let's also base a little faith in the coaching abilities of Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan. Already a proven coach, Shanahan has been able to lift the dreaded Redskins team of the past to new heights. Under his leadership, and that of Griffin, the Redskins won their first Division Title since 1999. Almost no Redskins fan will argue that Shanahan has been a disappointment. Simply put, if Shanahan has faith, then so should we.
Another reason Shanahan has faith in Griffin is due to his back-up plan. That plan includes Kirk Cousins, taken late in the 2012 NFL Draft, after already acquiring Griffin. Cousins has shinned when put in the spotlight and is proving his value as a future starting QB in the NFL.
Further, Redskins owner Dan Snyder has his own reasons for wanting the most popular player in the NFL.
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NFL Players Admire RGIII
Griffin is obviously a leader who Redskins and players across the league can look up to. Placed in the spotlight right out of college, Griffin has never faltered, accepting his role as a leader.
He is already being looked up to by colleagues, even being compared to the greats. Dr. James Andrews, a renowned sports recovery physician, stated, "RG III is one those superhumans. First patient I ever had like that was Bo Jackson. And recently I, of course, had Adrian Peterson, who is also superhuman."
Fans Love RGIII
Griffin has emerged as a fan favorite. Washingtonians were able to see their dreams actually played to completion as Griffin led the Redskins to their first Division Title in over a decade. For a team that rarely makes the playoffs, that is a huge jump.
Griffin also sold the most jerseys of any player in the 2012 NFL season, a true testament to his popularity.
Griffin Leads Redskins on and Off the Field
In reference to Griffin's return in 2013, Redskins right guard Chris Chester stated, "Its great news. I’m really excited about it.” He further states that he is excited to pick up the high caliber of play that the Redskins left off on at the end of the 2012 season.
The Redskins will be more motivated and ready to play harder with Griffin at the helm. His "go for the gold" attitude will lead the team to greater heights.
Off the field, Griffin sets an example of modesty and cooperation for other players to follow.
Griffin Does Not Throw Interceptions
Alright, yes, Griffin does throw interceptions. However, Griffin set the rookie record for percentage of passes intercepted at 1.3 percent. In 2012, that percentile was up there with quarterbacks the caliber of New England Patriots' Tom Brady status.
Further, Griffin set the rookie QB passer rating record at 102.4, third overall in the 2012 NFL season. That makes Griffin a top-five quarterback. Don't agree? Well in the Top 100 Players of 2013, in which NFL players themselves vote, Griffin was placed at No. 15. According to them, he is the 15th-best player in the NFL.
Griffin Can Scramble, A Lot
Griffin rushed the ball 120 times for 815 yards in 2012 for an average of 6.8 yards per attempt and 54.3 yards a game. He scored seven rushing touchdowns and acquired 40 first downs on the rush. Overall, Griffin sat at No. 20 in all players in rushing yards for the 2012 season.