The Washington Scenario
Monday, November 15th, 2010: We were witnesses to the greatest performance by a quarterback in Monday Night Football History. The Redskins certainly remember that night, as they were on the receiving end of Michael Vick’s spectacular performance.
While GMs and execs are paid for their close analysis of every potential player they bring on to their team, Washington needs to remember the feeling of that night. Vick, for as hated an athlete as he was at the time and still is, caused us all to look on in amazement at a performance that encapsulated everything we hoped, expected and wanted Vick to be, even back to his college days at Virginia Tech.
He showed the full potential of NFL quarterback, evading defenses with his quick feet, orchestrating drives with equal level of alacrity and grace, pinpointing each pass with laser precision and rocketing the ball with such effortless power, the likes of which we have never seen.
Defenders were helpless in their attempt to deflect them. If there’s a chance RGIII could become what Vick was for that night, and many believe he can be that if not more, call this the night that started the partnership of RGIII and Washington.
They may consider Peyton Manning if, scratch that, WHEN he becomes a free agent, they may consider the other quarterbacks of the draft that would come at a fraction of the cost, but 11/15/10 has to be on the mind of Washington fans and owner Dan Snyder.
They haven’t sniffed a transcendent player of Griffin’s caliber in a very long time. Forget that their number one receiver is Jabar Gaffney. The fact that their offensive line could use an upgrade. The questions surrounding their running game. All of which should be addressed with multiple draft picks, which they haven’t had on a consistent basis in a long time.
For RGIII, you make the move. You build around him later. You don’t take chances when it comes to franchise quarterbacks and RGIII has all the makings to be that and much more for a team trying to be competitive again.
The price will be steep, and it plays right into perceptions of Daniel Snyder as an owner who likes to spend, but it shouldn’t matter. For Shanahan, who may see his job in jeopardy if they have a third straight losing season under his reign. For a team lacking stars and still living off only the memories of their once proud tradition. For RGIII, do whatever it takes.