The Washington Redskins, 2012 NFC East Division Champions.
That's something you will definitely not hear next season.
Despite the addition of Robert Griffin III, nothing will change for the Redskins in the NFC East standings.
Though RG3 improves the Redskins, they will still finish at the bottom of the NFC East for the following reasons.
The problem of being a quarterback taken with the second draft pick is that you are going to a weak team.
The Redskins have not had a winning record since 2007 and have won a total of 15 games the last three seasons.
RG3 is going to a team that has no other legit offensive threats.
Roy Helu is entering his second season and only started a few games his rookie season. He had a few solid performances, however he has never been a starter for an entire season. Mike Shanahan also uses a bunch of different running backs so you will never know who will be in the backfield. Last season Helu, Tim Hightower and Evan Royster all got their share of carries.
The Redskins also do not have a stud wide receiver that RG3 can throw to often.
Last season, we saw Cam Newton absolutely dominate. A lot of this had to do with having a proven All-Pro receiver in Steve Smith.
RG3 is going to be throwing to the weakest receiving group in the NFC East including, Pierre Garcon, Santana Moss and Fred Davis. Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are all better than any of the Redskins receivers. The Redskins receivers are not bad, however I don’t see any secondaries being that afraid of them.
The Redskins gave Garcon over $40 million to be their No. 1 receiver, but he has never even had over 1,000 receiving yards in a season. Moss has been consistent throughout his career, however he is getting old and is on the decline.
RG3 is also going to be behind a weak offensive line. Now I know he has speed and can use the bootleg more. However, a quarterback can only use his legs so much.
Besides Trent Williams, the Redskins have an average line at best. RG3 will be dealing with a lot of pressure, which is very tough for a rookie quarterback to deal with.
The NFC East has some of the best pass-rushers in the NFL including DeMarcus Ware, Jason Pierre-Paul and Jason Babin. Defensive studs like these guys are going to be on RG3 like white on rice.
Though the addition of Griffin will make the Redskins a better team, every other team in the NFC East improved this past offseason.
The Redskins have been at the bottom of the NFC East for a while now. RG3 will make them more competitive, but they will still finish at the bottom.
The Philadelphia Eagles had a down year last season, yet still managed to finish 8-8.
The Eagles will have a bounce-back season not only because they have players like Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson, but they had arguably the best draft this offseason. They significantly upgraded their defense, adding rookies Fletcher Cox and Mychal Kendricks.
The Dallas Cowboys struggled on defense last year. They took care of that this offseason though by signing cornerback Brandon Carr and trading up for the top cornerback in the NFL Draft, Morris Claiborne.
The New York Giants did not make any significant moves in the offseason. However, they were the Super Bowl champions so they did not have that many glaring needs. Eli Manning proved that he is one of the best quarterbacks last season and that will continue to keep the Giants as one of the top teams in the NFL.
The NFC East has arguably the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
The Washington Redskins are going to have to play three top 10 quarterbacks in the NFL.
Taking on Eli Manning, Michael Vick and Tony Romo any game is a very difficult task. The Redskins have to play these quarterbacks a total of six times.
RG3 will make an impact for the Redskins, however he will not be in the same class as these Pro Bowl quarterbacks in his rookie season.
Everyone knows how much talent Robert Griffin III possesses. He has a great arm and blazing speed. He is destined to have a solid NFL career.
However, this season RG3 will be a rookie. He is going to deal with the typical rookie growing pains like any other quarterback does.
Despite how great Cam Newton did during his rookie season, look at the Carolina Panthers record.
They finished 6-10. They showed improvement, but they still finished third in the NFC South.
Redskins fans need to be patient with RG3. They play in one of the best divisions in all of football. You cannot expect a rookie quarterback to come in and take one of the worst teams in football to the playoffs just like that.