RG3 and The Washington Redskins

RG3

By PFC Blogger Shakeel Khan

Twitter: @shakkhan79

Before last year’s NFL Draft, a blockbuster trade took place — the St. Louis Rams agreed to send the second overall pick to the Washington Redskins for three first-round draft picks and a second-round pick.  Say what? The Washington Redskins elected to select Robert Griffin III after the Indianapolis Colts took Andrew Luck first overall.  Many thought that Washington had paid a heavy price to obtain their franchise quarterback and most GMs in the NFL wouldn’t have put all their eggs in one basket.  Daniel Snyder did and it paid off.  RG3 had a sensational rookie season, earning the Rookie of the Year award.  He threw for 3,200 yards, completing 65.6% of his passes and 20 touchdowns with only 5 INT’s.  Not to mention, rushing for over 800 yards, which included 7 rushing touchdowns.  Pretty magnificent for a rookie, or for any player for that matter.  RG3 took the Redskins to the playoffs, winning the NFC East with a 10-6 record, but the season fell short with a playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks.  One bad snap not only dampened the season for the Washington Redskins but a freak injury distorted the immediate future for the ball club.  RG3 tore his ACL and underwent reconstructive knee surgery.

In order for the Redskins to prolong RG3’s career, Daniel Snyder and Mike Shanahan must address the offensive line situation.  It’s a known fact that Snyder falls in love with skilled positions (WR, RB, DT? – Haynesworth?) and throws money at high profile free agents like none other.  Shoring up the offensive line would enable RG3 to focus more on being a pocket passer, rather than depending on his legs (he definitely has the accuracy and arm strength to do so).  The read option is a hot topic in the NFL right now (just ask Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson), but as more film is produced on the read option, defensive coordinators will develop better schemes to mitigate it.  RG3 is too good of a talent to be running the read option on every single play (at least that’s what it seemed like while watching Redskins games this past year).  Running back Alfred Morris (who rushed for over 1,600 yards) had an impressive year behind a shaky offensive line — just imagine what he could do if the line were to be beefed up a bit.  Besides having Snyder improve the offensive line, a quarterback’s security blanket is usually his tight end.  There aren’t many good tight ends on the market and TE Fred Davis is coming off of an injury.  Washington should look to the later rounds to draft a quality tight end (perhaps their version of Jason Witten?).

The Washington Redskins’ fans have long-awaited for a quarterback that can lead them to the promise land. The responsibility now lies within the front office, which needs to build around this young talented player. They appear to be on the right track; luckily the RG3 era doesn’t include Vinny Cerrato.