Washington Redskins’ quarterback Robert Griffin III has been under a lot of scrutiny lately. The 2013 season is spiralling out of control for the Redskins, as they desperately needed a win Week Nine against the San Diego Chargers. A loss here guaranteed Washington a place in the NFC East basement with the New York Giants.
Against the Chargers, Griffin went airborne on a third down run in an effort to get a first down. Redskins’ fans held their breath, feeling they’ve heard this song before. As inefficient as Griffin has looked at times, Redskins’ fans do not want their franchise quarterback getting injured after another sprint out of the pocket.
Everyone can exhale now, as Griffin earned the first down without getting injured. That run was only a 10-yard gain that didn’t result in a touchdown. However, that run kept the drive alive, as the Redskins would score a touchdown later in the drive that spurred them to a 30-24 overtime victory over the Chargers. If the Redskins want to salvage their season, Griffin’s airborne leap is the kind of play that could turn Washington’s season around.
Griffin’s run was important for reasons far beyond the Chargers’ victory. The Redskins’ franchise quarterback has not played well this season, as he’s not looked like the dynamic player that rejuvenated the Redskins last season. There was talk that RG3 was a diva whose game had regressed. However, he risked injury as he leaped and landed awkwardly on his back to earn that first down against San Diego.
Am I saying that this play will spawn another winning streak like the one Washington embarked upon last season? No, as the Redskins still have issues on offense, defense and special teams. Still, it was refreshing to see the Redskins young offensive captain earn that pivotal first down in that manner. Plays like this from the team captain fires the team up, and it also garners RG3 some respect.
Winning football games also garners RG3 and the Redskins respect as well. While there’s no shame in losing to a good team like San Diego, a loss there would have dropped Washington to 2-6. Nevertheless, the Redskins emerged victorious. Redskins’ fans hope RG3’s scramble energizes Washington to the point where they can put together a winning streak similar to last season’s seven-game winning streak. Of course, RG3 will play a big part in that if a similar streak occurs in 2013.