Robert Griffin III: From Penthouse To Outhouse

By Greg Bradshaw
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

2013 was supposed to mark the triumphant return of Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III from his torn right ACL injury. Despite missing the entire 2013 preseason, RG3 was expected to step right in and assume the form that made him the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2012.

Judging by the photo featured in this article, it’s clear to see that RG3’s return to his rookie fore never happened. The Redskins struggled through a horrible season in 2013, low-lighted by their 3-13 record. There was plenty of blame to go around. Washington’s porous defense and incompetent special teams were the most obvious culprits. However, the ultimate price was paid by head coach Mike Shanahan, who was let go after the season.

Griffin can also be blamed for the Redskins’ lost season. His passes have missed open receivers, and he didn’t have the burst of speed required to supplement the Redskins’ still potent running game this season. His injury, and the decision to miss the preseason, can’t be used as an excuse. RG3 looks like a shell of himself, and that’s not enough to mask a truly average offensive line and below average receiving corps in 2012.

2014 is a year of uncertainty for Washington, considering that it is currently without a head coach.  Baylor University head coach Art Briles, RG3’s former college coach, is a viable candidate for the position if he chose to leave Baylor. It can be reasoned that if he were to become Washington’s head coach, Briles would keep RG3 as the starting quarterback. However, there’s no front running candidate for the position. With that in mind, if Briles doesn’t become Washington’s next coach, there’s no guarantee that RG3 will remain the starter for the Redskins.

Reserve quarterback Kirk Cousins, despite his 0-3 record as a starter this season after RG3 was benched, is a proven signal caller that could start for many NFL teams. If Cousins became Washington’s full-time starter, that would mean serious trouble for RG3. At best, Griffin could become a permanent glorified clipboard holder. At worst, Griffin’s days in Washington could come to an end. That would be an amazing fall from grace for a man that was destined for NFL greatness. This is a situation that bears some serious monitoring in the coming months.

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