Washington Redskins Need Robert Griffin III to become RG3

By Greg Bradshaw
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is an exceptional player that has rejuvenated the franchise. However, there’s been criticism regarding his playing style. In addition to being a strong-armed passer, Griffin’s a gifted runner who could be considered one of the fastest quarterbacks in the league. His 815 rushing yards last season is a testament to his efficiency as a runner.

Griffin running out of the pocket also caused his torn right ACL injury last season. That caused some in NFL circles to maintain that he isn’t the dynamic player he once was. Those doubters have a strong case as Griffin has rushed for only 72 yards through Washington’s first four games in 2013. Those paltry rushing numbers could be attributed to the Redskins’ 1-3 start.

Washington has the chance to turn around their season and possibly win the currently less-than-competitive NFC East. For that to happen, Griffin must become the dynamic player he was last season. He must become RG3, the exciting quarterback that electrified the NFL and Redskins fans with breathtaking long runs and precision passing. Those attributes guided the Redskins to the NFC East title last season.

RG3 will have his opportunity to shine in Week 6 against the Dallas Cowboys, who surrendered over 500 yards of total offense while losing to the Denver Broncos last week. While RG3 is definitely not the caliber of Broncos’ quarterback and future Hall-of-Famer Peyton Manning, he does have the skill set to give the Cowboys’ defense fits.

Plus, RG3 has the distinction of owning a 2-0 record as a starter against the Redskins’ most hated rivals. Although Dallas is a prohibitive favorite, considering that they were swept by the Redskins last season, they can’t afford to look past them as an easy win anymore.

It’s always an exciting time when the Redskins and Cowboys get together. However, Griffin will have to revert to his rookie form if Washington wants to beat Dallas and salvage their season. If that happens, the Redskins could be on their way. If not, the Redskins will continue their downward spiral towards the NFC East basement.

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