The Washington Redskins‘ underwhelming 3-6 record has brought out its share of detractors. Former Redskins’ cornerback and NFL Hall of Famer Darrell Green questioned the wisdom of Washington making quarterback Robert Griffin III a staple of their running game. Green also opined that RG III is not really the leader of the Redskins, and that the team doesn’t have a true leader.
If anyone is entitled to an opinion on the Redskins, Green certainly is. His Hall of Fame credentials are also supported by two Super Bowl championships. Considering Washington’s issues on defense, maybe team owner Daniel M. Snyder should coax the 53-year-old Green out of retirement.
I’m just kidding. I disagree with Green’s assessment of RG III’s leadership. The offense appears to click under his guidance. Wide receiver Pierre Garcon and tight end Jordan Reed have become Griffin’s go to receivers. Running backs Alfred Morris and Roy Helu Jr. provide efficiency in the running game. While the offense struggled early in the season, they currently rank sixth in the NFL in total yardage. That statistic isn’t indicative of leadership issues concerning RG III.
In addition, two of the Redskins’ three victories in 2013 have come from RG III leading the offense on late, game-clinching drives. He displayed the type of skill and poise in those games that Washington expected when they traded multiple future draft picks to get him last season. After a slow start to his second season, RG III has been playing much better in recent weeks.
Washington’s issues have been a total team effort. The defense has let the team down on many occasions, with the latest being a blown 13-point lead in a loss to the Minnesota Vikings. The special teams have been equally disastrous. This is evidenced by their porous kick return coverage, as well as allowing a blocked punt and two blocked field goal attempts. The Redskins also lost punt returner Chris Thompson to season-ending shoulder surgery, further exacerbating the team’s special teams issues.
Washington has invested a lot in the selection and development of RG III. His 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award, as well as his tremendous upside, dictate that he’ll continue to lead the Redskins for years to come.