RG3 Poised to Lead the Washington Redskins Back to the Playoffs and Beyond

Greg StarddardContributor IIIMay 19, 2012

ASHBURN, VA - MAY 06: Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins speaks to members of the media after a practice during the Washington Redskins rookie minicamp on May 6, 2012 in Ashburn, Virginia. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Robert Griffin lll has the skills, intelligence, drive, and athleticism to lead the floundering Washington Redskins back into the playoffs and possibly the Super Bowl down the road.

The young man is loaded with talent and has the confidence to help turn this team around immediately. In fact, moving up to the number two slot in this year's NFL Draft was the best move the Skins have made in many years.

RG3 is the real deal.

He is, in my humble opinion, more prepared to get NFL wins than number one pick, Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts. He's more athletic and has a stronger arm. In addition, his supporting cast is decent. Luck inherits a team with less talent. RG3 takes over a team with a number of good supporting pieces.

If you've seen this young man in the brief appearances he's made at Redskins Park, you know he already looks like a million bucks. He looks like a starting NFL quarterback. I'm no big fan of Skins coach Mike Shanahan, and my past columns are proof of that, but Shanny made a cold calculated move in drafting Griffin.

Was the price too high? 

I don't think so.

Griffin already has the swagger to match the ability. And don't get me wrong, the kid isn't cocky, he's just confident.

He's chomping at the bit to play his first game. He isn't scared. He isn't intimidated. He wants the pressure. He wants the ball in his hands and I like that. I like that a lot.

If the football stars line up correctly, the Skins could be on to something very, very special in D.C. And it's been a long time coming. Pierre Garcon was brought in to give Griffin another weapon. Santana Moss, free agents, and young wide receivers give the rookie quarterback plenty of targets with the ability to stretch the field.

In the District of Columbia, and I've said this before, the quarterback of the Washington Redskins can do no wrong if he wins. It's his town. Trust me. Griffin gives the city, the team and the franchise it's best opportunity to win consistently in many years.

Now, I know a lot of you guys are saying, "he's a homer." Not really. I'm basing this on talent, skill, potential, and a little bit of luck. RG3 will have the chance to lead the Skins back to the playoffs this year. He comes in as a talented signal caller who can hold his own among the division's other quarterbacks.

Is he better than Eli Manning of the New York Giants? Well, no----he's a kid and Eli has two rings. But RG3 stands tall.

Perhaps he's a younger version of Michael Vick with a more accurate arm? Tony Romo isn't setting the world on fire and a strong rookie season could easily catapult Griffin near the top of the line.

With the inconsistency of the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys, I can clearly see Griffin having a great year and turning a lot of heads. Roy Helu and the rest of the youngsters are eager to prove they have the goods. The defense is lead by Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan and they're fearless.

ASHBURN, VA - MAY 06: Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins drops back to make a pass during the Washington Redskins rookie minicamp on May 6, 2012 in Ashburn, Virginia. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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RG3 has equal, perhaps more talent than Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers. The Redskins, as a whole, are a better team than the Panthers. The Skins play in an NFC East that is, besides the defending Super Bowl Champ Giants, wide open.

The door is open in the NFC East.

The Giants will be back to defend their championship. They're solid and are to be respected since Eli has silenced the critics.

Questions marks surround the Cowboys. They've disappointed their fans the past two years and Romo seems to always come up short. He can't get the Cowboys anywhere near the Super Bowl and is shaky at best when trying to make the playoffs.

The Eagles can only go as far as Vick can take them. Because of his size, he's injury-prone when he leaves the pocket. He can't take a lot of big hits like he did in Atlanta. Let's face it, he's getting older. It's an open opportunity for Griffin.

Over-confident? Maybe. But if he is as advertised, I see big things. More than anything, I like his demeanor. He has poise. Seems like he's been there before. I know, I know, NCAA football isn't the NFL, but the young man looks confident. He's ready to play.

It's been a long time since the Joe Gibbs days of Super Bowl Championships, Lombardi trophies, and parades in downtown Washington. It's always nice to see the trophies whenever they do a press conference at Redskins Park. They park those babies right in front of the podium for all to see.

But you know what? It's time for another Lombardi trophy and some postseason action in the nation's capitol. RG3 is the best quarterback prospect in D.C. since, well, since. I can't really compare him to Jason Campbell because Griffin brings a Heisman, a storied career at Baylor and a lot more. Heath Shuler? Let's not go there. 

It was a heavy price to pay for RG3, but I like the gamble.

It was an aggressive move. A Bobby Beathard-type approach. Bold, but with a tremendous upside. The Skins made a statement and got a big payoff in Griffin. He looks and sounds like a franchise quarterback. He plays lights out. He plays like he wants to win.

Is Robert Griffin lll the future of the Washington Redskins? All indications seem to say yes. And for the first time since the Shanahan era began, there is renewed optimism among Redskins fans.The Skins have a legitimate shot at the playoffs.

The team has the potential to be one of the biggest success stories of the 2012 season.The playoff drought in D.C. could soon come to an end. And perhaps RG3 can lead the Skins back to glory.

After a rabid and dedicated fan base through the lean years, the Redskin faithful certainly deserve it.