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Robert Griffin III was traded up for and brought to Washington DC for one very simple reason: to revitalize the dying Redskins franchise. He is the lifeline to Mike Shanahan remaining employed and the new face of the organization. The offense, all plays runs, offseason pickups, trades, and draft picks will all revolve around allowing RGIII to succeed as their starting quarterback.
RGIII brings some incredibly raw talent to the league. It is not a question of if but when he will become the NFL's newest superstar. At the college level he demonstrated some impeccable accuracy with a 72.4 passing rate with 37 TD and only six interceptions. Keeping the ball out of the opposition's hands, as obvious as it sounds, is a huge key to his success. No doubt he will misread coverages, underestimate the closing speed of defensive backs, and get flustered and force the ball to receivers who aren't open, but all of these are natural learning curves graduating to the NFL.
If Griffin can keep the turn overs to a minimum, he will escape the fate of previous Redskin QBs such as Rex Grossman and Jason Campbell. It will ask help that RGIII will have a wily and experienced receiver core in Santana Moss, Pierre Garcon, and Chris Cooley. Look for Griffin to try and beat teams over the top, Manning-style to Garcon.
RGIII's final and most crucial element is his ability to run. Considering Washington isn't a team known for its O-line and that teams in the NFC East, particularly the New York Giants will have their pass rushers coming full attack. His ability to negotiate the pocket, elude defenders and scramble for big gains will be his biggest advantage. Expect Shanahan to call a fair amount of plays with roll outs, particularly play action sets.
A lot of critics say he won't have Cam Newton type numbers but i say why not. He offers all of the same skill set with perhaps a better arm. Plus, unlike Carolina who has a fairly threatening run game, the Redskins are looking to RGIII to be both the passing and the run offense and pretty much everything else in between. He will have a breakout year only because he will have to. Believe the hype, RGIII will have a big year.