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Do I really need to say it? This one is a “gimme”: RG3.
The Redskins picked up second overall pick R Griffin III in the 2012 NFL draft with plans to build the franchise around the rookie quarterback from Baylor University. Actually, that’s not a half bad idea. The Redskins have been scraping and grappling for something big—something exciting—to focus their franchise on. A high-profile draft pick could be just what the Redskins locker room needs to boost the team’s energy and give the fans something to cheer about.
RG3 brings excitement, media attention and anticipation. The Redskins have been needing a fresh start for a quite some time now. If anything, 'Skins fans can see for themselves how RG3 is reacting, learning and melding with the team. And my thought is that they’ll be a little more forgiving and patient when it comes time for him to play his first few pro games.
With past quarterbacks Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman and John Beck (yeah, I almost forgot that last one too), one mistake and the players were deemed hopeless or washed up. RG3 is, to put it plain and simple, a kid. He’s still a kid. However, that may be the best thing the Redskins offense has going for it. The guy is smart, fast and accurate.
And let’s face it, it’s not like he has incredibly big shoes to fill. He’ll learn the plays, run them, and produce results. That’s what the 'Skins need: back to the basics and fundamentals, nothing too heroic.
Washington fans already know how to be patient, and they’ve been doing it for several seasons. If they give RG3 a chance, and if they’re patient with him, they may be singing “Hail to the Redskins” sooner than they think.