Washington Redskins: Only Fools Will Blame Robert Griffin III for 0-3 Start

By Ryan Heckman
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“RG 0 and 3.”

“RG 3-and-out.”

What’s with all of the hate coming toward Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III? Yes, the Redskins are 0-3 and things aren’t looking great at the moment. But, blaming the guy who gives you your only shot to win on a week-t0-week basis isn’t going to get you very far. That’s right, without him the Redskins wouldn’t stand a chance at winning a single game.

Here’s the biggest reason why Griffin doesn’t deserve the blame: The run game.

“Wait, what? The run game? Isn’t Griffin part of that problem?”

Sure, to an extent. But the problem lies with running back Alfred Morris. And, no, I’m not blaming Morris. I’m blaming the poor play calling. Morris has averaged just about 13 carries per game. 13! Through three games in 2012, Morris was averaging over 20 carries per game.

Starting to make sense now?

The Redskins defense also cannot get off the field. In 2013, their defense has given up nearly 500 yards of offense per game! How is that overlooked to the point of pinning all the blame, attention and cursing toward Griffin? In 2012, the Redskins gave up about 50 yards less each game through the first three weeks.

In 2012, through three games, the Redskins defense forced a total of eight turnovers. This year? Six. Sure, it’s just a two turnover differential. But, through three games, two turnovers can make a difference.

The problem in Washington is not with Griffin. It’s between the defense and the run game. Morris has to get more touches. What’s the excuse for not getting the run game going earlier? There is none, and that’s not at the fault of Griffin.

Griffin is the guy risking it all in order to try and win the game week after week. Mike Shanahan and his crew need to get it together on the play calling and help their quarterback out. There is absolutely zero excuse for Morris to average just 13 carries per game. That is just plain stupid on Shanahan’s part. Not to mention, Griffin needs a little bit of help from his friends — the defense.

Get off his back, people. Look at the numbers. Look at the play calling. Look at everything before you begin pointing fingers. That’s all there is to it.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.



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