It’s been over 20 years since teams and opposing fans were intimidated by the Washington Redskins. Unlike the 80’s and early 90’s, today’s Redskins have been nothing more than a dumpster fire on and off the field. That however, is about to change.
Since Washington traded up with St. Louis to land the number two overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, fans of opposing teams, especially the NFC East, have begun to change their minds about the Redskins. They now realize Washington, a team that has become more competitive since the arrival of Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan, is about to exceed expectations, thanks to should-be draftee Heisman winning QB, Robert Griffin III.
Instead of a football team that has been known for its joke behind center – they (Redskins) now have a legitimate threat taking snaps. One that can burn you by tucking the ball in and running, such as Philadelphia Eagles QB, Michael Vick, but also kill you in the air, with the accuracy of Peyton Manning.
Rather than heading into the season with two-wins already in their book (vs. Washington), opposing teams and fans are now wondering what this means for their future. The team they are so used to defeating is now going to be able to challenge them.
Take MSN Fox Sport’s writer, Jen Engel, whom Thursday wrote an article, RG3 should scramble away from DC. Why? Because the Redskins are “dysfunctional” and he (RGIII) will “likely” fail because “nobody wins with the Redskins.”
Granted, she is a Cowboys fan so her bias is expected, but why one would think the Redskins are being ran the same way they were three years ago is ludicrous. Truth is, she watched RGIII at Baylor and realizes how dangerous the kid is – and with the Washington Redskins, a team that’s been missing a QB for decades, she knows they could become an instant contender.
However, not even Engel could top John Mara, the New York Giants President and team owner.
The NFL’s “Management Council Executive Committee/Labor” department, whom took 36 million away from the Redskins cap ($18 mil in both ‘12 and ‘13) is ironically ran by the same man who owns the New York Giants, John Mara.
Strange how when Rex Grossman was the starting QB, a player known for his inconsistent and at times horrible play, there was no problem with the Redskins spending money (which was well within the rules of 2010 and 2011 CBA), yet once the trade with St. Louis hit the table, the Redskins got nailed for breaking a “rule” that was never in place.
Perhaps it’s because Mara realized the Redskins who managed to sweep his Championship winning Giants, were finally ready to start competing. Mixing in RGIII with another off-season like the one they just had, would only mean future division titles and the spotlight being taken off his precious team.
Shame the Redskins still managed to play by the “rules” and beat Mara and his accomplices at their own game (who will all be dealt with Monday when the Redskins take them to court for what should be collusion).
When you are instilling fear into not only fans, bloggers, but also division owners, you know you’re doing something right. For the first time in a long time, Redskins fans can say proudly and positively, we’re back!
The Washington Redskins made it clear who they wanted in the 2012 NFL Draft, Baylor’s Heisman winning quarterback, Robert Griffin III. Washington traded their 2012, 2013 and 2014 first-round draft picks, as well as their 2012 second round pick to St. Louis in order to land the quarterback — but did they give up too much?
Without a blink of an eye, one would think the answer is yes. The Redskins without a doubt gave up too much for a player who may be a bust, but it was risk they had to take. Not to mention the pressure from Redskins fans and government officials.
Washington hasn’t had a franchise quarterback since Sammy Baugh, whom the franchise drafted in 1937. Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen clearly knew this – and decided they had to risk the picks.
Unfortunately for Mike, if he played his cards wrong, he will more than likely be canned by Snyder – who for once would have the right to fire a coach so soon. Trading three first-rounders and an early second would not only set the team back, but it would crumble them for years. Something not even a new coach would be able to fix.
Had the Redskins kept those two first rounders and early second, they could have drafted multiple could-be play makers, without the risk of losing anything on them had they be bust. On the other hand, they wouldn’t have landed themselves the franchise QB they’ve been missing for so long.
If Robert Griffin III becomes that franchise QB for the Washington Redskins, there will be instant results, not only on the field, but off it. Washington will become the city we once knew in the 1980’s, a city that backed the team and went wild. FedExField would turn into a stadium fans appreciated, it would gain the face it’s been missing for so long, but more importantly, the seats would be filled with Redskins fans.
Take a look around, listen to opposing NFC East fans, they are by no means happy that the Redskins will be taking RGIII. A team that has gone 4-8 over the last two seasons in the division, has a young, talented quarterback, who not only can air it out, but fly by you.
Too much? Too little? That is one thing we will have to wait on. Naturally if RGIII pans out, the Redskins will look like geniuses with the trade. If he fails, the Browns and Rams look like geniuses — while the Redskins add to the mockery they have been known for.
One thing that’s certain, the Redskins need to find him targets to throw too.
After hearing the exciting news that the Washington Redskins traded up for the second round pick in this years draft, I decided to make a video welcoming Robert Griffin III to Washington D.C. Most fans and media project the Redskins to draft Griffin in hopes of him becoming the next franchise QB — a first since Sammy Baugh in 1937.
The Washington Redskins are in a rebuild, whether they find their franchise quarterback this year or not. So when rumors afloat about them willing to give up their first, second and third this year, as well as an additional first next year, I wonder, what exactly are they thinking?
Robert Griffin III is without a doubt an exceptional talent, but does that mean you add-on another year or two of rebuilding, risk the future of the franchise and your job, all for one player? A player who has already suffered a partial tear to his ACL? A player who shined one season in a simplified offense?
I cannot stress how important it is that the Redskins think wisely as to what they want, as well as how much they are willing to give up. At this moment, if Robert Griffin III fails, which he very well could, the Redskins are going to be right back in the hole they started to dig themselves out of. On the other hand, if he pans out, the Redskins will finally have their franchise QB, a very dangerous one at that.
I’m not saying RGIII isn’t worth trading up for, he is, but I believe the asking price, at least right now, is way too high.
At this point, the Redskins would be safer taking Morris Claiborne in the first-round, a CB which could start day one, allowing our secondary to be near-complete. Then in the second take a QB such as Ryan Tannehill, Brandon Weeden or Chandler Harnish.
One way or another, the Redskins are going to end up with a quarterback in the draft, but Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen need to be smart with how much they give up. If what Shannon Sharpe says is true, that the Redskins are willing to “move heaven and earth” to get RGIII, we might as well bring back Vinny Cerrato.
After all, isn’t that what we used to do? Toss draft picks away like candy on Halloween?
Until recently, the Washington Redskins have been known for three major things. Free-agent bust, draftees’ never panning out and losing records. So will drafting the Heisman winning quarterback turn the Redskins around? Or will he be another name to the list?
Since 1936, the Washington Redskins have drafted a total of 11 quarterbacks in the first-round. Of those 11, one lived up to the expectations of a first-round draft pick, Sammy Baugh, in 1937. Besides Norm Snead, who was drafted in 1961 and later traded in ’63 for Sonny Jurgensen, not one of the first-round quarterbacks for the Redskins panned out.
In fact, the Redskins have had more success taking quarterbacks after the first-round. Eddie LeBaron (Round 10, 1950), Mark Rypien (Round 6, 1986) and Gus Frerotte (Round 7, 1994), that was till he (Frerotte) decided to sprain his neck after ramming his head into the wall for a touchdown celebration. Each of those quarterbacks put up nearly triple the amount of numbers the first-round picks did.
However, when it all comes down to it, the Washington Redskins have had more success trading for quarterbacks, rather than drafting them. Sonny Jurgensen, Billy Kilmer, Joe Theismann, Doug Williams, Mark Brunell, Brad Johnson, etc. Each of them either one a Super Bowl with the Redskins or at least took them to the playoffs.
In the past 12 years (including 2011), there have been 10 Heisman winning quarterbacks. Of those 10, three (Chris Weinke, Eric Crouch and Jason White) either never took a snap in the NFL or are no longer playing NFL. One is currently a bench warmer, (Troy Smith) and the other five are starters, but only two appear to be a winners (Cam Newton and Sam Bradford).
Matt Leinart is currently a backup in Houston, which shouldn’t be surprise with Matt Schaub there, but if you can’t make it as a starter in Arizona, what does that say? Tim Tebow (ranked 27th in the league) has been more dangerous as a HB running the ball, than he has been throwing it. Carson Palmer turned the Raiders season around, but when it mattered most he couldn’t get the job done, such as in Cincinnati.
Besides two quarterbacks in the past 12 years, the rest have been nothing to boast about. Are fans supposed to believe that drafting Robert Griffin III will not only fix the Heisman ‘curse,’ but also the Redskins 75 years of first-round quarterback draft bust?
Due to that history, the Redskins should stick to doing what has brought them a winning quarterback – either drafting a QB after the first-round or trading for a QB. Perhaps Mike Shanahan already knows something with the recent Peyton Manning and Kyle Orton rumors?
While Robert Griffin III is similar to Michael Vick with his speed and Cam Newton with his arm strength, his size is a major detriment, especially in a division where quarterbacks are constantly being abused. Consider the blows Cam Newton took in Carolina this season. Can Robert Griffin sustain those with his size?
Before being injured against Texas Tech this past season, Griffin rushed for two-touchdowns while throwing for one and 106 yards (7/11). His backup, Nick Florence, thew for 151 yards (9/12) and two-touchdowns. Does that mean Robert Griffin III is ‘that good,’ or does it mean the team in general was?
Look at Matt Flynn in Green Bay. After his first game (a loss to the Patriots), he threw for 251 yards, three touchdowns and one interception (24/37). Luck? Possibly. But then there’s his second start, where he faced the division rival Detroit Lions, who were trying to keep their spot in the wildcard. Flynn threw for 480 yards, six touchdowns and one interception (31/44), not only a backup to his performance to the Patriots game, nearly a year earlier, but also a Green Bay Packers record-setting performance. That’s right, something Aaron Rodgers hadn’t done, nor Brett Favre.
What about his injuries? Robert Griffin III has already had one concussion, which might not sound like a big deal, but look at where Jahvid Best is headed, possible retirement. How about the knee injury he sustained during his sophomore year – causing him to miss the entire season? We’re these all flukes? Or just another risk with a scrambling QB?
I’m not saying that Robert Griffin III will continue the first-round bust line with the Redskins, or even the Heisman QB reputation either. I just think there’s more to consider, than to believe he is the savior and will magically fix all the Redskins problems instantly (keep in mind he’s not NFL ready).
If Shanahan decides to draft him, I won’t be upset because the kid clearly has talent, I am just a bit skeptical thanks to our history. As I’ve said before, Shanahan is leading the Redskins in the right direction – and I’ll stick to believing in him until proven otherwise.