Should The Washington Redskins Trade Robert Griffin?

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Coming into the 2012 NFL Draft, there was a lot of hype revolving the class of quarterbacks. Headlined by Andrew Luck, the 2012 class advertised one of the deepest in some time. Outside of Luck, the quarterback that everyone wanted to get their hands on was Robert Griffin III. After Luck went first overall to the Indianapolis Colts, the St. Louis Rams were on the clock, with the opportunity to draft Griffin. Instead of selecting with the second pick, the Rams decided to trade the pick to the Washington Redskins. Washington sent three first round picks and a second round pick to St. Louis, where they chose Griffin.

The Redskins faced heavy criticism for the trade, but they didn’t care, they got the guy they wanted. Washington received even more criticism after they selected Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins in the fourth round. To recap, the team traded three first round picks and a second round pick to draft a quarterback second overall, only to draft another quarterback in the fourth round. Doesn’t seem to make sense, right?

Opposed to the criticism, the Redskins and Griffin we’re confident heading into the season. In his first year as the Redskins leader, RGIII played exceptionally well. He threw for 3,200 yards, while passing for twenty touchdowns and just five interceptions. On top of that, he excelled using his feet, running for over 800 yards, while scoring on the ground seven times. He won Offensive Rookie of the Year, but more importantly, he was able to lead Washington to their first playoff appearance in five years. Everything worked out exactly as planned. They found their quarterback of the future. They found their coach (or they thought they did). But more importantly, they were winning.

As I said, everything was going right. That is, until disaster struck. When the Redskins took on the Baltimore Ravens in a week 14 matchup, Griffin suffered a Grade 1 LCL sprain. No big deal, right? Of course not. They drafted Cousins as a legitimate back-up to RGIII. Cousins came in and played extremely well, leading the team to an overtime victory. Cousins started their next game against Cleveland, and, again, he played extremely well. In his first start in the National Football League, Cousins threw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-21 victory.

After the game against Cleveland, that was it for Cousins, as RGIII was able to finish out the last two games of the season. The Redskins seemed to have avoided catastrophe. Then came the playoffs. If you don’t remember, Seattle ended up winning the game, but the Redskins suffered much more than just a loss. Griffin re-injured his knee, requiring him to undergo surgery to repair not only his LCL, but his ACL as well.

After an offseason of questioning whether Griffin would be ready for the season opener, Griffin suited up and played in their week one matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. It is without question that RGIII suffered through a major sophomore slump. His numbers dramatically dropped, as he saw the amount of interceptions thrown nearly triple and his rushing yards cut in half. Due to the lack of team success and fear of re-injury, the team announced that they would shut Griffin down for the last three games of the season.

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  • Bill Stowers

    Its a a shame what has happened to him, talk about an electrifying player that may have been HoF caliber if stayed healthy. Hopefully he still can but i just dont see it. I see his career being similar to Vick (minus the dog fighting) alot of talent and success but because of shortened seasons due to injury never quite got it done. Lets hope he proves me wrong. But hey justen, i know where you came from. Go Phins

    • iam@jigg

      How do you see his career similar to Vicks? RGIII has only been in the league for 2 seasons and this will be his 3rd! 2012 everyone was on his jock strap…leads team to playoffs then gets injured. Comes back off injury not fully healthy and doesn’t have a good sophomore season. Remind you he does not get hurt… He played all 13 games without being injured! So how is he injury prone? Oh wait I get it bc he has been hurt w/the same injury in college. And the person who wrote the article is a clown also. How can the Rams have gotten the better end of the trade when they have yet to reach the playoffs nor with win their division. They may have added depth with acquiring more picks but have not done any better than the Redskins as of now!

      • Justen Rosenberg

        That’s pretty sad that you can only throw out your opinion by insulting someone. Real mature..
        Anyways, since the trade, the Rams have more wins. Sure, Washington made the playoffs, however, both teams still have zero playoff victories. Also, I think it is pretty obvious that the Rams have built themselves a much better future by adding all of this young talent.

        • iam@jigg

          I state facts not opinions! You said you Rams have the better roster for the future! That’s a opinion not a fact… How do you know what the future holds for that team? Just bc they have young players… All teams try to do the same thing. Any team looks good on paper you saw the Texans last season! The Rams has the better record since the trade by finishing 7-9 2 consecutive seasons! The Skins were 10-6 and 3-13 so the Rams has the better record by 1 game then you said both teams doesn’t have a playoff win… My man you have to get there first! Of course the neither team has a playoff win bc one got there and lost in the WildCard and the other NEVER reached the playoffs since the 2012 draft trade! We’re not talking about a playoff victory since back when… Bc the last time the Rams made the playoffs was 2004 and the Redskins 2007 and 2012 both first round loses but I thought we were talking about current playoff wins! Oh ok… You have to get there first my man and they haven’t so get your facts straight and when u don’t you insult yourself I don’t have to.

          • David Dorman

            Don’t forget the Rams seem to have an injury prone QB more so than the Skins!

          • seann

            skins wouldn’t have made it in the wild wild west

  • Rick Talley

    Bottom line is: RGIII can succeed as a POCKET passer. If they can get him to stop running so much; there is no way I’d trade him.

  • David Dorman

    2 things. They didn’t give up 3 first round picks. They traded up for a higher 1st round pick and gave up 2 future 1st round picks. His sophomore slump was because he wasn’t even healthy and came back too soon. He couldn’t even push off his plant leg to throw for the entire 1st half of the season.