The Washington Redskins came into this season with hopes of repeating as division champs of the NFC East, but after an 0-3 start, those hopes are quickly fading. The running game has been average, the defense absolutely horrible and their quarterback a shadow of the player he was last season. It has been a rough start, but fortunately, many of their problems are fixable.
One of the biggest issues has been ball security and that is a mistake that can always be corrected. Robert Griffin III was fantastic at protecting the ball in his rookie season, but has been turnover prone since his return to action in Week 1. The Redskins star had two interceptions in his first outing, but he was given a bit of a pass due to his speedy recovery from a shredded knee that could have ended the career of a weaker man. He had another interception in Week 2, and yet another in Week 3. He has his season total up to four giveaways, and is officially becoming a problem.
The interceptions are not the only issue either. Through three games, RGIII has fumbled the ball four times, including a momentum killer after a huge run against the Detroit Lions in Week 3. The play was extremely bittersweet for Redskins fans because for the first time all season, they saw their dynamic playmaker break out for a huge gain against a stingy Lions defense, just to watch the ball pop out of his hands when he hit the ground. This may have been the only fumble that was recovered by an opponent, but if he keeps putting the ball on the turf, it will not be the last.
RGIII has definitely gotten better in each of his last three games. He is looking more and more like himself with every offensive series, but his strengths last year were his smart decision making and care with the ball. He finished last season with just five interceptions, and two fumbles recovered by opposing teams. This ball security is what made him stand out among his peers, and was a big part of why he was named the 2012 Rookie of the Year.
The Redskins are in a hole, and they need to pull themselves out of it before the season is a waste. They need to gain traction in the run game, stop someone on defense and protect the ball when on offense. RGIII can help with the run game, and he can focus on securing the football. In these ways, he can help his team turn it around, and become a factor in their division once more. The defense will take a bit more work, and all RGIII can do to help there is to score points and sustain drives. Protecting the ball would be a great start towards making that happen.