Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III's Stardom Meets Reality This Season

By Ricky Allen
Brad Mills – USA TODAY Sports

In two seasons with the Washington Redskins, quarterback Robert Griffin III has already experienced stardom at an A-lister’s level. He’s also experienced the reality of what life is like being injured and not having your gifts at the ready.

The Redskins need a running quarterback, thus being the reason RG3 was signed. Let’s get to the skinny of it all and just say it: if he can’t run, the Redskins are doomed. We saw what happened the moment he got injured. We saw how the offense struggled. So what happens? They try and make him into something he has never been.

What is that? A traditional quarterback. No one shouts the name of the mundane, only the enigmas.

In his debut, he brought excitement, options upon options and the wonder of the read option (okay, I made that sentence work — give me credit). This past season, he threw for more than 3,000 yards for 16 touchdowns. In 2012, he had the same results, just with a four more touchdown throws.

The only significant difference between the years is the run game. In 2012, he ran for 815 yards, close to 50 percent more than that he did in 2013 (489). All things considered, that was expected.

This season will be different because both stardom and reality will meet for the first time. ESPN’s Louis Riddick was quoted by Rotoworld saying that he, “would not be surprised to see” Robert Griffin III “become a guy who never fully realizes or meets the expectations and is looked back on in disgust.”

Well, he’s obviously not a Redskins fan, but even he can be made a believer. ESPN had the Redskins tapped for a losing season in 2012. They ended the season as NFC East Champions. That just goes to show how much they know.

Ricky Allen is a Washington Redskins writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @UltimateRedskin.

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